PLEASE NOTE: This information is not intended to be the issuance of legal advice. The Clerk's Office does not have available a form of the Petition for Dissolution. Any law library should be able to provide books that would enable a person to research the law to know what language the Petition for Dissolution should contain. Should legal assistance be required, please seek the advice of an attorney. Check out the State Court Administration's Self-Service website for more information.
If the party seeking summons service (Petitioner) designates the manner of service to be by certified mail, they will be required to submit the following:
If the designated manner of summons service is by publication, forms for such service are available in the Clerk's Office and on our webpage. There are four (4) forms, one of which must be notarized. The fee for publication is paid separately from the petition. It is the responsibility of the petitioner to pay the costs directly to the newspaper designated by petitioner to publish the summons.Any other papers accompanying the petition, such as additional motions, etc., must be filed directly with the court after the petition has been filed with the Marion County Family Resource Center located in the City-County Building, Room W-125 (first floor, west wing).Once the petition has been filed, the court will require the parties to wait a minimum of sixty (60) days before considering the petition for a final hearing. It is the petitioner's responsibility to schedule the hearing with the court and to submit a proposed Property Settlement Agreement (if any) and proposed Decree for Dissolution of Marriage for the judge to consider. A notarized original and three (3) copies of such forms must be submitted.
The county Sheriff will collect a one-time $13 service of process fee per case. A separate check for this fee should be made payable to the proper county Sheriff.
For information about filing a request for a fee waiver, click here to the redirected to the Indiana State Supreme Court’s website. Please note: If you are requesting a fee waiver, you must provide proof of income in order to have the fee waiver considered.