The Complaint for divorce below should be useful in most states, especially when filling for a MUTUAL CONSENT or NO FAULT divorce.

A divorce complaint usually contains:

  • the plantif (spouse filing)
  • the defendant (spouse being sued)
  • court and docket number
  • residence, jurisdiction, date and place of marriage
  • basis for divorce
  • children custody and visitation
  • support and alimony
  • property settlement agreement
  • date and signature by the plaintiff
  • sworn affidavit signed by plaintiff (requested by some states)
  • affidavit of consent (requested by some states)
  • other court actions,
  • request for a judgment dissolving the marriage and any additional relief sought.

Here's a sample complaint for divorce letter you can copy and paste to your word processor. Make the changes and adjustments as necessary.


Re: the Marriage of

Plaintiff _____________________________________ Court ____________________________


Defendant __________________________________ Docket No. ________________________

The plaintiff,_____________________________, respectfully declares the following:

Plaintiff currently resides at the following address: ______________________________________________________________________________

Plaintiff has been a resident of the State of______________________ for a period of_______ months.

Defendant currently resides at the following address: ______________________________________________________________________________

Plaintiff and Defendant were married on the______day of______________, 20____, and at the place of ________________________________________________(City, County, State).

A copy of the marriage license is attached hereto.

Plaintiff seeks a divorce from Defendant based on the following:

(NOTE: Most States recognize one or more of the following grounds as sufficient for granting a no-fault divorce: Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, Incompatibility or living separate and apart without cohabitation for one or two years, Irreconcilable differences that have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage. This is only a sample. Check with court clerks for the OFFICIAL DIVORCE FORMS required in your jurisdiction. It varies for each State.)

There have been no previous actions for divorce or annulment between Plaintiff and Defendant except:

The marriage between Plaintiff and Defendant is irretrievably broken and efforts at reconciliation have not been successful.

Plaintiff and Defendant____have (copy attached)____have not entered into a Settlement Agreement.

Other declarations:

Wherefore, Plaintiff requests judgment dissolving the marriage between the parties and such further relief as Plaintiff may have requested herein.


I, being of full age and mind, hereby certify that I am the Plaintiff in the foregoing Complaint for Divorce, that all declarations are true to the best of my knowledge and belief, and I have filed this Complaint in good faith and have not colluded with anyone in relation to it. I am aware that perjury and willful false statements will subject me to punishment under the law.

Plaintiff’s Signature



Subscribed and sworn to before me on this_______day of_____________________, 20_____.

Notary's Seal

Notary's Signature

Affidavit of Consent Sample

Property Settlement or Prenuptial Agreement Sample

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Complaint for Divorce
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