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Your Idaho Divorce Laws 2017

Discover Your Idaho Divorce Laws and Save Time… ….by Understanding the Divorce Process in Idaho


Idaho Residency Requirement
According to the Idaho Divorce Laws and Idaho Divorce Guidelines, to get divorced in Idaho, the spouse filing the case must have been a resident of the state for at least 6 weeks before filing

Place of Divorce (Venue)
The case may be filed in:
(1) the county where the defendant resides
(2) county where the plaintiff resides if defendant is a non-resident

Simplified or Special Divorce Procedures
Divorces may be granted upon the default of the defendant. In addition, marital settlement agreements are specifically authorized. They must be in writing and notarized in the same manner as deeds. If the marital settlement agreement has any provisions which concern real estate, it must be recorded in the county recorder's office.

Idaho Grounds for Divorce
Grounds for a No-Fault divorce:
(1) Irreconcilable differences
(2) living separate and apart without cohabitation for 5 years

Grounds for a Fault based divorce:
(1) Adultery
(2) permanent insanity
(3) conviction of a felony
(4) willful desertion
(5) extreme cruelty
(6) willful neglect
(7) habitual intemperance


NOTE: Regardless of the reason of the breakdown of the marriage or the reason for filing for divorce in Idaho, the Divorce Do It Yourself Service will do divorces on an "Agreed" basis or a “Default” basis.

  • An Agreed Divorce , defined by Idaho divorce guidelines and Idaho divorce laws, is a scenario where the spouses agree on the terms of the divorce such as Idaho property distribution, Idaho child support, or Idaho child custody. Most of our clients (75%) prefer the Agreed Divorce method and both spouses sign the divorce papers and are agreed to the terms of divorce.

  • A Default Divorce , according to the Idaho divorce guidelines and Idaho divorce laws, is a divorce where the other spouse doesn’t sign the Idaho Divorce forms or Idaho divorce papers, he/she doesn’t do anything at all with the divorce. They simply default on the case and the spouse who files for divorce gets whatever was asked for in the original paperwork.


Idaho Divorce Resources
Here are the important divorce resources for Idaho:


Process to file for Divorce in Idaho
There are only three basic procedural steps to a divorce:

  • File Divorce Papers for Idaho (Idaho Divorce Forms)
  • Notify Spouse of your filing for divorce in Idaho
  • Attend your Idaho divorce hearing


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Idaho Child Custody Laws
Simple Definitions: (source: divorce process in Idaho and ID divorce laws)

  • Visitation is the plan the spouses have on where the children will live and when the children will see the other spouse
  • Legal Custody is the decision ability of the parents in the lives of the children. Such as, where the children will attend school and which church they will go to.
  • Physical Custody pertains to the place where the children will live and which parent they live with.

Idaho Child Custody in a shared arrangement, in one form or another, is the preferred method of our Idaho divorce customers. If a sole custody arrangement is to be considered, then there is usually a reason agreed upon by both parties that one parent is to have the children. Usually the financial status of a parent is not to be considered for allocating any parental rights and responsibilities. Shared Custody or Sole Child Custody may be awarded according to the best interests of the child.

Idaho Child Support Laws
If the parents are unable to agree to an amount of child support, there are guidelines that determine the amount of support based on the Idaho Child Support Guidelines. The guideline amount is presumed to arrive at an amount of support that is in the child's best interest. But, most divorcing spouses agree to a figure on their own, that will work just fine. Also, in most situations, -0- Child Support is OK if both spouses are working and can manage. This is also true for a Legal Separation in Idaho.

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Court Filing Fees
The Court filing fees are not included in the price of our service. To file for divorce in Idaho, fees must usually be paid when you file the Idaho divorce forms and Idaho divorce papers at your county courthouse. These fees vary between County to County, so it is best to call them and ask what the fees are in your County. Regardless of whether you are going through a divorce service, using a Idaho divorce kit, using a divorce attorney (or divorce lawyer), or doing a nearly free divorce in Idaho, you will almost always be the one to cover the court fees which is standard procedure.

Idaho Divorce Laws for Property Distribution
In an Uncontested "Agreed Divorce" or "Default Divorce" the property is divided so that both parties agree to the division. The main concern here is to agree to the property division so that it doesn’t create a fight that one party will want to go to a Idaho divorce lawyer or divorce attorney to make the case into a Contested Divorce. Then you will have to incur the fees of a lawyer too.

  • Debts Most divorcing spouses set out who will pay what debts as part of their marital settlement agreement during the divorce process, and close all of their joint accounts.
  • Idaho Alimony Laws (Idaho Spousal Support Laws) In an Uncontested Divorce, Alimony may be awarded to either spouse for their support and maintenance after the divorce. Both parties must agree to it. Since most spouses are working, alimony (if awarded at all), is usually for a shorter period of time, and smaller amount than in the past. In the Idaho divorce laws for alimony, it is possible for alimony to be paid in a lump sum payment of money or a payment plan. Alimony is not required for a person to get divorced in Idaho.

Missing Spouse in Idaho
If your spouse is missing or cannot locate him/her, after diligent effort, you may still get a divorce in Idaho. It may involve the small expense of running a newspaper ad or something similar. We help you through the process with our FREE Missing Spouse Package.

Wife’s Last Name Change
The wife may also if she chooses to change his last name or receive her Maiden Name back during the divorce. Our Divorce Service includes this name change in our service for FREE.


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