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STATE PROCEDURES
Where do I file my divorce papers in Wyoming? 3085
Divorce papers in Wyoming are filed in the District Court in the county where either the Plaintiff or Defendant resides.
Will either of us be required to attend a court hearing? 3087
In Wyoming, the requirement to attend a court hearing varies county by county. If a court hearing is required, the Plaintiff will file the Request for Setting and Order Setting Divorce Trial with the clerk of the court. Upon receipt of the hearing time and date, both parties will attend a divorce hearing.
If a court hearing is not required, Plaintiff will file the Affidavit for Divorce Without Appearance of Parties instead of the Request for Setting and Order Setting Divorce Trial. Both parties will then receive a copy of the finalized Decree of Divorce once the judge has signed it.
What is considered to be the date of separation in Wyoming? 3089
The term "separation date" refers to the date when the spouses stopped living at the same residence.
What are the Wyoming residency requirements for filing for divorce? 3091
In Wyoming, the spouse filing for divorce must have been a resident of the state for sixty (60) days immediately prior to filing for divorce; or the couple married in the state of Wyoming AND the spouse filing for divorce must have resided in Wyoming from the time of marriage until the time of filing.
WY ST §20-2-107
What are the grounds for filing for divorce in Wyoming? 3092
The grounds for filing for divorce in Wyoming is irreconcilable differences in the marital relationship.
WY ST §20-2-104
What are the basic steps to getting a divorce in Wyoming? 3095
The basic steps to getting a divorce in Wyoming are as follows:
  1. Plaintiff reviews, signs, and files the initial divorce documents with the clerk of the district court.
  2. Plaintiff serves the Defendant and provide him/her with the documents he/she needs to file with the court.
  3. Plaintiff waits the appropriate amount of time and files the remaining documents with the court.
  4. If no hearing is required, Plaintiff and Defendant receive a copy of the signed Decree of Divorce. If a hearing is required, both parties attend the hearing. The judge will sign the Decree after adequate testimony is given.


The divorce is not final until the judge has signed the Decree of Divorce and the Decree of Divorce has been filed wit the clerk of the district court.
How much is the filing fee in Wyoming? 3096
Please check with the District Court Clerk to determine exact fees. The filing fee can vary from county to county, but is typically $70.00 in Wyoming.
What documents are included in the self-prepared Wyoming DivorceWriter package? 3097
If you select a Wyoming divorce without children, you are selecting the following forms:
  • Vital Statistics Form
  • Complaint for Divorce
  • Summons
  • Acceptance of Service
  • Answer to Complaint for Divorce
  • Required Initial Disclosures
  • Notices of Service of Required Initial Disclosures
  • Settlement Agreement
  • Affidavit for Divorce without Appearance of Parties
  • Request for Setting
  • Order Setting Divorce Trial
  • Decree of Divorce
If you select a Wyoming divorce with children, you are selecting the following forms:
  • Vital Statistics Form
  • Complaint for Divorce
  • Summons
  • Order Requiring Financial Affidavits
  • Acceptance of Service
  • Answer to Complaint for Divorce
  • Confidential Financial Affidavits
  • Child Support Confidential Statements
  • Child Support Computation Form
  • Confidential Statement of the Parties for Child Support Order
  • Affidavit for Divorce without Appearance of the Parties
  • Request for Setting>li>Order Setting Divorce Trial>li>Decree of Divorce
  • Income Withholding Order
How long does it usually take to finalize a divorce in Wyoming? 3098
In Wyoming, the Plaintiff must wait at least 20 days after the Defendant has been served the Complaint for Divorce and Summons before the Plaintiff may file the Decree of Divorce with the clerk of the court.
How do I serve my spouse with the divorce papers in Wyoming? 3099
Formal service is not required in a divorce in Wyoming when both parties agree to all terms of the divorce. The defendant/respondent signs the Acknowledgement and Acceptance of Service in front of a Notary Public, which is then filed with the Court.
Do we have to be separated to get a divorce in Wyoming? 3100
No. There is no separation requirement in Wyoming.
Can I change my name in Wyoming divorce proceedings? 3101
Yes, the Wife may request in the Complaint for Divorce that a former name be restored.
Does Wyoming require divorcing spouses and/or their child(ren) to attend a class or seminar on coping with divorce? 3103
Typically, courts in Wyoming do not require divorcing spouses and/or their child(ren) to attend a class or seminar on coping with divorce. However, the judge may determine this is necessary and order the parties to attend a class or seminar depending on individual situations.
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CUSTODY, VISITATION, SUPPORT
We already have a child support order issued by a judge. Will we be able to keep the same amount? 3102
DivorceWriter provides the option to enter information regarding an existing child support order including the amount of support ordered and other identifying case information. Generally, you will also be expected to staple one copy of the prior child support order to each copy of the Decree of Divorce you will file with the Court.
What are the different types of custody in Wyoming? 3093
The different types of custody in Wyoming are:

Joint Legal Custody--both parents have responsibility and involvement in major decisions regarding the child’s welfare including matters of education, medical care and emotional, moral and religious development.d

Joint Physical Custody-the child(ren) reside with and are under the supervision of each parent in such a way as to assure the child(ren) frequent and continued contact with both parents.

Sole Legal Custody- one parent has the sole right and responsibility to make major decisions regarding the child’s welfare including matters of education, medical care and emotional, moral and religious development.

Sole Physical Custody- the child(ren) reside with and are under the supervision of one parent, commonly subject to reasonable visitation by the other parent.
When can a child support order be modified in Wyoming? 3094
A child support order may be modified in Wyoming if the parties can prove that the support amount will change by twenty percent (20%) or more per month from the amount of the existing order, or a showing of a substantial change of circumstances.
WY ST §20-2-311
What if my spouse and I have agreed to use a child support amount that is different from the standard amount set by the Child Support Guidelines? 3088
DivorceWriter shows the child support calculation under the Wyoming child support guidelines.
The customer chooses whether to use the guideline calculation or to deviate from that calculation by entering a different child support amount. If the amount is a deviation from the basic support obligation, the customer will explain the reasons for the deviation in the Decree of Divorce. The court will decide whether or not to approve the deviation.
How is child support calculated in Wyoming? 3086
Child support is calculated in Wyoming using the Income Shares Model, where each parent’s income is considered in relative proportion. The support amounts calculated from each parent then help decide which parent must pay the other in order to maintain the correct proportion and provide for the needs of the child.
WY ST §20-2-304
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