DoNotPay’s Complete Guide to Divorce in NY
Divorce is never nice, but if it’s the path you’ve chosen to follow, you want it to be fast, cheap, and as painless as possible.
Filing for divorce in NYS can be as easy or difficult as you and your spouse make it.
DoNotPay brings you the definitive guide to divorce in NY, with all the info you need to get your divorce decree in the minimum time and at the lowest cost!
If you want to opt for a fault-based divorce, the acceptable grounds are:
- Cruelty or inhuman treatment
- Separation—whether enforced or voluntary
At-fault divorces tend to be more expensive and time-consuming than no-fault cases—a no-fault divorce can also be made even easier if it is uncontested.
In an uncontested divorce in New York, you can usually:
Every divorce case in the state is heard in the Supreme Court, but you can only file if you or your spouse has lived in the state for at least the last year. No-fault, uncontested divorces in NY can be finalized in as little as six weeks, with average uncontested divorce times sitting at around three months.
You must first lodge a “summons with notice” or a “summons and complaint” with the Supreme Court.
As the plaintiff in the case, you will have to pay the filing fee of $210, after which you will receive stamped copies of the papers ready for service.
If you have already agreed on a settlement with your spouse, you can file the agreement with the rest of your papers, meaning that the divorce is automatically classified as uncontested.
If no agreement is in place yet, you can still file it before your case comes to trial.
Once your papers are filed, you need to serve them on your spouse within 120 days of filing.
Servitude involves having the divorce papers delivered by a deputy sheriff or professional process server and receiving written confirmation that service has been executed.
After receiving the divorce papers, your spouse has 30 days to respond, and the response can consist of:
- An answer, meaning that the defendant—your spouse—intends to contest the case
- An “affidavit of defendant” stating that your spouse agrees with the terms of the divorce as filed—your divorce is a friendly one
- No answer, meaning that you receive no response from your spouse—in which case the divorce will be considered uncontested by default
If you receive no response or an affidavit of defendant, you can file the remaining papers with the clerk of the court and pay the final court fees of $125.
The final step in the divorce process is the judgment.
The judge will grant your out-of-court divorce as long as:
- Your paperwork is complete and in order
- You can prove you served your spouse on time
- You have waited the required period before asking for judgment
Your only other responsibility is to serve the judgment on your spouse and file the proof of servitude with your county court.
The most crucial document in the process is your divorce settlement agreement.
A divorce settlement agreement is a legal contract between you and your spouse that sets out how your marital responsibilities and finances will be divided after your divorce. The agreement should cover:
- Children, including custody, child support, and shared parenting agreements
- Finances, including alimony or spousal support payments
- Division of assets and debts
Drawing up your settlement agreement is a matter of negotiation with your spouse. Your options for having your agreement drawn up are:
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|Lawyer||Attorneys are the default choice for many couples to negotiate and draft a settlement agreement. They are also the most expensive option, with a New York lawyer charging up to $450 per hour and normally requiring a substantial upfront retainer.
If you and your spouse can agree on the major terms of your settlement, you can use a mediation service to iron out minor details. A trained mediator can help you reach a consensus at a fraction of the cost of a lawyer
|Online service||Several online providers offer settlement agreement templates for you and your spouse to fill out. While these can be inexpensive, they are often highly generic and may not cover all the points you and your spouse have agreed on|
DoNotPay can solve all your problems, though. With our help, you can create a tailor-made, comprehensive settlement agreement without having to pay exorbitant lawyers’ fees!
DoNotPay is here to help keep your divorce in New York as cheap, quick, and painless as possible!
Our Divorce Settlement Agreement product is designed to take all the terms you and your spouse have agreed on and turn them into a watertight legal document. You get the agreement you need without having to cut and paste or pay expensive attorneys!
Here’s how to set your settlement agreement up:
- Open your web browser and sign up with DoNotPay
- Click on our Divorce Settlement Agreement feature
- Give us the details you and your spouse have agreed on
Your settlement agreement will be ready in a flash—all you and your spouse have to do is sign and have it notarized.
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