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IDAHO DIVORCE BASICS AND OVERVIEW
This is a divorce reference guide to understanding divorce in Idaho. Each state has its own requirements, laws, and documentation, so we decided to gather it all in one location to make it easy and quick for you to find the information you need before, during and after your divorce.
Divorce in Idaho Made Easy (See Idaho Divorce Help Center)
- Time Frame: Idaho requires a minimum of 20 days to pass from the time of filing for a divorce to be finalized by the court.
- Where to File: District Court. "In the District court of the __________ Judicial District for the State of Idaho, in and for the County of ___________." (See Idaho Court Addresses)
- Statute Statutes: Idaho Statutes; Title 32.
- Name of Action: Complaint for Divorce.
- Name of Parties: Plaintiff, the name of the filing spouse, and defendant, the name of the other spouse.
- No-Fault or Fault and No-Fault Only: No-fault and traditional fault guidelines.
- Primary Documents Filed: Complaint for Divorce and Decree of Divorce. (See ID Forms List With Explanations)
- Physical Separation Required: No.
- Separation Time to File: None.
- Legal Separation Permitted: There is no provision for a court-ordered separation.
- Grounds: No fault: Irreconcilable differences OR when married persons have heretofore lived or shall hereafter live separate and apart for a period of five (5) years or more without cohabitation, one spouse may sue the other for a divorce. (See Idaho Laws for Divorce)
- Residency Requirement: The plaintiff must be a resident of the state of Idaho for six weeks prior to filing. The action is filed in the county where the defendant resides or if he or she is not a resident of Idaho, the county where the plaintiff resides or designates.
- Mediation Required: Mediation is not mandatory; however, the court may order it if the spouses cannot resolve child custody or support. Unless both spouses agree, Idaho requires a 20-day delay in granting of a divorce. Either spouse may request a meeting in this period to determine the chance of reconciliation. The court may delay the divorce for up to 90 days when there is any chance of reconciliation and there are minor children.
- Counseling Required: There is no mandatory divorce family counseling in Idaho.
- Parenting Classes Required: Parents with child custody issues must attend Focus on the Children classes, which the cost is $20 per parent.
- Filing Fee: About $129. (See ID Filing Fee Waiver Form)
- Where to File for Child Support: Child Support Services (CSS), is a state-run child support enforcement agency for Idaho.
- Child Support Guidelines Model: Idaho uses the Income Shares model to calculate child support (based on percentage of both parent's income).
- Property Division: Idaho is a community property state, which means that in any Idaho divorce, the court orders a just and equitable division of property acquired during the marriage.
- Appreciation of Separate Property: Each spouse keeps his or her separate property after the divorce. The appreciation of separate property is separate.
- Attendance at Hearing: Probably not, but the judge may ask a party to attend a hearing if there are minor children involved in the case.
- Fault Considered in Property Division: Fault (like committing adultery) may be considered in the distribution of property.
- Waiting period after Divorce for Remarriage: None.
- Common Law Marriages: Idaho recognizes common law marriages (if united before January 1, 1996).
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