When New York was exclusively a fault state, sometimes a party could prevent a divorce if the Plaintiff was unable to prove grounds. Given the fact that New York has become a No Fault Divorce State, if you want the divorce, it is virtually certain that the divorce will happen so long as the issues of the marriage have been resolved by agreement or by trial. All you will have to prove is that the relationship between you and your spouse has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months, provided that you so state under oath.
Upon the entry of the Judgment of Divorce, either party can resume the use of his/her former maiden or former surname.
If your divorce is contested it is difficult to provide an answer to this question until we have an idea of what issues exist and remain unresolved. In my experience I have had cases that have taken as little as six months, to as much as two years. If your divorce is Uncontested it generally takes less than six months.
Marital Property is any property earned or acquired during the marriage with certain exceptions. See the Equitable Distribution page for specific information on what is deemed to be Marital or Separate Property, and how it is divided.
If your case is for a Contested Divorce the answer is probably yes, unless your spouse has a lawyer that will accept service on his or her behalf.
The Court decides who gets custody based on the "Best Interests of the Child". See the Child Custody page to find out more about what factors are considered when the Court determines what is in the best interest of the child, and the types of custody available in New York.
Regardless of whether your are in Divorce Court or Family Court, child support is calculated pursuant to the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA). Use the use NYS Child Support Calculator to calculate child support payments.
Maintenance in a Divorce is Calculated Pursuant to the Maintenance Formula. Use the NYS Maintenance Calculator to calculate the amount and duration of temporary and post divorce maintenance payments.
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