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Requirements for Divorce in New York

Looking to file for divorce in Suffolk County? Before you begin the process, you should make sure that you understand the requirements and grounds for divorce under New York law. This will help you take a knowledgeable approach to your situation and make the most of this difficult time.

To be able to file for divorce in New York, either you or your spouse has to have lived here as a resident for a minimum of one year. Once this requirement has been met, you can decide on the grounds for divorce. Depending on the situation, you may decide to file for no-fault divorce, or gain an advantage in negotiations by filing on fault grounds.

Upon establishing the grounds for divorce, you will move into the more substantial phase of the process—negotiation. During negotiations, you are required to settle the terms of support, custody, and property division, either by mutual agreement (in an uncontested divorce), or by court order (in a contested divorce). This is the last major aspect of a divorce that must be settled before you can officially terminate your marriage, and it is often the longest. Decisions made during this time will affect you and your family for a number of years.

Work with an experienced family lawyer!

When you work with the Law Office of Lynn Poster-Zimmerman, PC, you retain the services of a family law attorney who has helped clients through the difficulties of divorce for 31 years. Our firm is committed to providing compassionate service in every case, and can provide guidance through each phase of your divorce. Contact our firm today to discuss your case with our Suffolk County divorce lawyer!


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