View Full Version : How much does it cost an inmate to file for divorce?


CrystalBlue2328
11-03-2011, 07:53 PM
Does anybody know how much it cost an inmate to file for a divorce while they are still in prison?

SimplyMe123
11-03-2011, 10:16 PM
If there are no minor children involved, he can file for divorce on his own. It is a rather lengthy form. You can print it out from this link (http://www.iowacourtsonline.org/wfdata/files/PetitionersPacket.pdf). It includes instructions. Here is a link to the Iowa Courts On-Line FAQ on Divorce Law (http://www.iowacourtsonline.org/Representing_Yourself/DivorceFamily_Law/Divorce/).

There is a $100 filing fee at the beginning, and $50 at the end. Other fees may apply as well; this is the minimum.

1. Court fees are paid to the district court clerk in the county where the case is filed.
a) Filing fee -- to start a divorce case ($100)
b) Final Decree fee – at the end of the divorce case ($50)
c) Court reporting fee for each hearing in court ($15)
d) Certification of change of real estate title ($20)
Note on payment of court fees: At the end of your divorce the court can determine, or the parties can agree, who will pay the fees. This would include the filing fee, court fees, service fees and costs of things such as a subpoena or a deposition.
2. Service fees: Money you must pay to a process server, such as the county sheriff, to serve

If there are minor children involved, he will need an attorney. He will most likely have to hire one. He can try contacting legal aid in his county. His counselor may be able to help him with this process.

JaydedDragon
11-10-2011, 11:53 AM
If there are no minor children involved, he can file for divorce on his own. It is a rather lengthy form. You can print it out from this link (http://www.iowacourtsonline.org/wfdata/files/PetitionersPacket.pdf). It includes instructions. Here is a link to the Iowa Courts On-Line FAQ on Divorce Law (http://www.iowacourtsonline.org/Representing_Yourself/DivorceFamily_Law/Divorce/).

There is a $100 filing fee at the beginning, and $50 at the end. Other fees may apply as well; this is the minimum.

1. Court fees are paid to the district court clerk in the county where the case is filed.
a) Filing fee -- to start a divorce case ($100)
b) Final Decree fee – at the end of the divorce case ($50)
c) Court reporting fee for each hearing in court ($15)
d) Certification of change of real estate title ($20)
Note on payment of court fees: At the end of your divorce the court can determine, or the parties can agree, who will pay the fees. This would include the filing fee, court fees, service fees and costs of things such as a subpoena or a deposition.
2. Service fees: Money you must pay to a process server, such as the county sheriff, to serve

If there are minor children involved, he will need an attorney. He will most likely have to hire one. He can try contacting legal aid in his county. His counselor may be able to help him with this process.


Simply,

My guy did his divorce in prison as well and it was $250 total for him to do it. There is a program where the inmates can get a divorce thru the DOC atty (even with minor children)....but it takes almost a YEAR to complete (longer if it's contested in anyway). I can get the info on that program if you want. Lemme know. I know he went thru his counselor to get it started. :)

~Jayded

SimplyMe123
11-11-2011, 12:38 AM
That would be great, Jayded, thank you! My friend spoke to his counselor about it when he first went in, and the counselor called the county clerk of court, and they said he had to go hire an attorney since he has a child. The counselor said nothing about a program through the DOC!

paradise soul
11-11-2011, 03:27 AM
Thanks to everybody from my side, too. Just today I wanted to ask this exact question! It really helped me. And, what I found out on those pages........there´s also an affidavit of inmate´s indegency......