To begin the process, fill out the following forms:
Family Court Coversheet SCCA467
Certificate of Exemption SCRFCMFORM02
Summons for Divorce SCCA400.01
Complaint for Divorce SCCA400.02
Financial Declaration SCCA430
(do not sign this form until you are in front of a notary public)
All of the forms will have blanks for “Plaintiff” and “Defendant.” The person asking the court for a divorce is the “Plaintiff,” and the responding spouse is called the “Defendant.” The area with your name and your spouse’s name is called the “Caption.” Some of the forms must be signed while you are in front of a Notary Public. Do not sign the forms that require notarization until you are physically in front of a Notary Public.
After completing all the forms, make at least two copies of everything. The court will keep one, you will need one for your records, and you will need a copy for your spouse.