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We know that divorce can be a highly confusing process for those who don't have legal experience in family law. During interviews with potential clients and even throughout the divorce process, we are asked many questions about the case, how it will proceed, the cost, the complications and more. We understand how frustrating it is to be in the dark about something with this much importance, so at our firm we make it our goal to always keep our clients informed about their case every step of the way. We have answered some of the most common questions we receive below for your convenience. If you need legal guidance, or would like to set up a consultation with our firm, please contact us right away to schedule an appointment! We offer free consultations and are available for evening appointments.

  1. What are the requirements to file for divorce in New York?
  2. How long does divorce take in New York?
  3. Do I really need an attorney if I’m getting a divorce?
  4. What is a contested divorce?
  5. What if I don’t want to contest the divorce?
  6. How much child support can I expect after our divorce is final?

1. What are the requirements to file for divorce in New York?

To file for divorce in New York, you must have lived in the state for at least two years. For couples who got married in New York, they can file for divorce if they have lived in the state for the last year.

2. How long does divorce take in New York?

It depends on how complex your case is and how cooperate you and your spouse is. In New York, an uncontested divorce will usually take at least 4 to 12 weeks to finalize.

If you are filing a contested divorce, then the divorce may take considerably longer. On average, contested divorces end up taking around 9 months up to a year.

Remember, the longer your divorce takes, costs can add up and parties can become increasingly hostile. It is always a good idea to resolve your divorce quickly and efficiently.

3. Do I really need an attorney if I’m getting a divorce?
Although it is certainly possible to file your own divorce, there are many confusing legal issues that need to be addressed. Especially if there are children involved, having a qualified Long Island divorce attorney is vital to being able to smoothly get through the procedure.

4. What is a contested divorce?

When you are unable to reach an agreement with your spouse on terms related to child custody, property division, or visitation, you will need to have a family law judge in family court assist with resolving the issue. This type of divorce will normally be more costly to settle and take longer as well.

5. What if I don’t want to contest the divorce?

Being able to agree on all the issues that will come up during your divorce is highly preferable to filing a contested divorce. This type of divorce is much quicker and can be done for a flat fee. However, it is important to be aware that there must be complete agreement on all points in order for this type of divorce to work.

6. How much child support can I expect after our divorce is final?

There are no set answers to this question. Each individual family has different financial and family situations. Depending on the circumstances of your spouse’s incomes, the number of children, your own ability to provide for your children, all of these will affect the final outcome. With our free initial consultation, we can more carefully review your situation and provide you with more detailed answers.

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Our office looks forward to providing with answers to all of your family law questions. Please contact us today for your initial free consultation.

Contact a divorce attorney at Jonathan E. Kroll & Associates, PLLC to discuss your divorce options.

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