Wyoming Divorce Definitions

This collection of definitions will help clarify some unique characteristics to the Wyoming Divorce laws, process and paperwork which is filed with the court.

Filing Party Title:

The spouse who will initiate the Divorce by filing the required paperwork with the court.

Non-Filing Party Title:

The spouse who does not initiate the Divorce with the court.

Court Name:
In the District Court in and for ____________ County, Wyoming

The proper name of the court in which a Divorce is filed in the state of Wyoming. Each jurisdictional court typically has a domestic relations or a family law department or division.

Child Support Enforcement Website:

The state run office devoted to enforcing existing child support orders and collecting any past due child support.

Document Introduction:
In Re the Marriage of:

The lead-in verbiage used in the legal caption or header of the documents filed with the court. The introduction typically prefaces both spouse’s names.

Initial Divorce Document:
Verified Complaint for Divorce

The title and name of the legal document that will initiate the Wyoming Divorce process. The filing spouse is also required to provide the non-filing spouse a copy of this document.

Final Divorce Document:
Decree of Divorce

The title and name of the legal document that will finalize the Wyoming Divorce process. This document will be signed by the judge, master, or referee of the court to declare your marriage officially terminated.

Clerk’s Office Name:
District Clerk’s Office

The office of the clerk that will facilitate the Divorce process. This is the title you would address letters to or ask for when contacting the courthouse.

Legal Separation:

The grounds for legal separation are the same as for divorce. The spouse filing for legal separation must have been a resident of Wyoming for 60 days immediately prior to filing or the marriage must have been performed in Wyoming and the spouse filing must have resided in Wyoming from the time of the marriage until the time of the filing. The legal separation may be filed for in the county where either spouse lives. [Wyoming Statutes Annotated; Title 20, Chapters 20-2-102, 20-2-104, 20-2-106, and 20-2-107].

Property Distribution:
Equitable Distribution

The applicable Wyoming law that will dictate how property and debt is to be divided upon Divorce.