Notarizing a document is a way to confirm that a document is authentic, the signature is genuine, and was not signed by someone under duress or intimidation. It essentially states that the document can be trusted. During legal proceedings like divorce, notarization is part of the process.
The Divorce Forms That Need to Be Notarized
There is a lot of paperwork associated with a divorce and it should come as no surprise that some of it will need to be notarized. If a form needs to be notarized, it will typically have a notary block on it or come with a notary certificate. When a form needs to be notarized, it’s important not to sign it beforehand. The notary needs to witness the signature in order to notarize it.
While your divorce attorney can clarify which forms need to be notarized, here are the most common:
The Initial Complaint or Petition For Divorce
When you file a complaint for divorce, it will need to be notarized before it can be served to your spouse. This ensures that you have chosen to divorce on your own accord and the information in the petition is accurate.
Answers to The Divorce Petition
If you have been served divorce papers and choose to file an answer with the court, that may need to be notarized.
Early in your divorce proceedings, you will likely file financial affidavits that list your assets, debts, incomes, and budget needs. These affidavits help the judge decide on matters of alimony, child support, and other settlement agreements so it is important that they have been notarized and are accurate.
Marital Settlement Agreements
If you and your spouse pursue a collaborative divorce or uncontested divorce, you will submit a settlement agreement to the court. This agreement needs to be notarized to prove that both of you agree to the terms and have not been forced into signing by the other party.
How to Get Divorce Forms Notarized
Getting forms notarized is relatively easy. Find a notary public in your area and bring your forms and a photo ID. If the papers need to be signed by both you and your soon-to-be-former spouse, you will need to go to the notary public together to have the forms signed and notarized. Most banks, libraries, and even UPS Stores have notaries but a quick internet search will show you notaries nearby. In addition, your divorce lawyer will likely be able to refer you to a few notaries they’ve worked with in the past.
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