Are you and your spouse agreed on a divorce, and want to get divorced as soon as possible? If you do not have any disagreements over child custody, spousal support, or property division, you can file for an uncontested divorce in NY, and be divorced within months.
This is a very straightforward, not expensive process, with a flat legal fee, and court costs.
Why an Uncontested Divorce Lawyer
- Preparation of paperwork by the attorney;
- Attorney will file with the court and pick up the final judgment; and
- Advice and legal representation from the beginning to the end of the process.
Requirements for Uncontested Divorce
- Either you or your spouse have been living in New York State continuously for at least two years before the divorce case is started;
- Either you or your spouse have been living in New York State continuously for at least one year before the divorce case is started and:
- You got married in New York State, or
- You lived in New York State as a married couple, or
- The grounds for your divorce happened in New York State; or
- Both you and your spouse are residents of New York State on the day the divorce is started and the grounds for your divorce happened in New York State.
Benefits of Uncontested Divorces
- Fast (compared to contested divorces);
- Easy (compared to contested divorces); and
- Relatively inexpensive (compared to contested divorces).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are seven grounds for a divorce in New York:
- Irretrievable breakdown in relationship for a period of at least 6 months (No-fault divorce).
- Cruel and inhumane treatment.
- Divorce after a legal separation agreement.
- Divorce after a judgment of separation.
In NY, you can get divorced in as fast as three months depending on your individual case and the county where you will be filing.
If your spouse initially agreed to the divorce but then contests the divorce once you begin the process, it will become a contested divorce. We will help you discuss how the change will affect your case, including legal fees and costs.
However, if your spouse contests the divorce, it does not automatically mean it will become a long, drawn out process. How long the process takes will depend on the disagreements involved and whether they can be resolved.
An uncontested divorce costs at least $335 in total court and filing fees.