Our office understands that a divorce is a significant life change, and is often very difficult. We are determined to handle each client's divorce sensitively and as quickly as possible. Below are some notes to help you determine what kind of divorce services you may need.
In New York State, the following are reasons for divorce:
- Cruel and inhuman treatment
- Spouse serving prison sentence for three or more years
- Living under a separation agreement for one year
The biggest issues usually faced in a divorce pertain to children (specifically, custody, visitation, and child support), marital property, maintenance, marital debt, and, in certain cases, pensions.
Uncontested divorces are the simplest, quickest, and least painful because the separating couple agree on all of the major issues. In an uncontested divorce, only one spouse is represented by a lawyer. That lawyer does all of the filing, condensing the divorce into one separation agreement. No court appearances are necessary, reducing the cost of the divorce.
Unfortunately, life doesn't always allow for the easiest course, so many divorces are contested-in these cases, each spouse has a separate lawyer and if an agreement cannot be reached privately, at least one court appearance is necessary. If you or your spouse wants to contest a divorce or its terms, we can help protect your interests.
Please call us for a free consultation if we can answer any divorce questions for you.