Completing Form CAO 1-3: Complaint for Divorce
[Without Minor Children] 2/25/2005
[REMOVE THESE INSTRUCTION PAGES BEFORE FILING]
Talk to an attorney, if possible.
WARNING: When you represent yourself in a court case you are held to the same standard as
an attorney. This applies to your preparation of paperwork and your conduct at all hearings
and/or trial. Your lack of legal knowledge may cause you to make serious errors in handling
your case. These instructions are not a substitute for legal advice. The laws and court rules are
complex and following these instructions will not guarantee that your rights are protected or that
you will be satisfied with the result. You should always talk to a lawyer about your legal
problems before filing any legal paperwork. Even if you do not hire a lawyer to appear in your
case, you may be able to find a lawyer to review your paperwork or give you more information
about your rights. Call the Idaho State Bar (208-334-4500) to provide you with the name of an
attorney who handles this type of case. Contact the Court Assistance Office for information
about resources for low-income people.
YOU WILL BE SIGNING A SWORN STATEMENT THAT YOU HAVE READ THE COMPLAINT,
KNOW WHAT IT SAYS, AND BELIEVE IT’S TRUE. TO GUARANTEE THE TRUTHFULNESS
OF THAT STATEMENT, BE SURE TO READ THE ENTIRE COMPLETED FORM.
Use this form only if you do not have minor children of this marriage. There is another form
available through the Court Assistance Office if you have minor children.
Fill in the forms by typing or by printing neatly and legibly in black ink. If you are working on a
computer, you may delete the optional sections you don’t need and renumber the remaining
sections, or type in “none” if a section doesn’t apply. The documents have a boldface “or” at
the start of optional sections. If the section does not contain a boldface “or” it is necessary and
you should type in the appropriate information (which might be the word “none”). Alway