White Plains Divorce Lawyer
Interested in Filing for Divorce in New York?
The decision to end a marriage and seek a divorce is one of the toughest decisions you will ever make. Whether you and your spouse decide to separate on good terms or if you expect a hotly contested dispute, you want high-quality legal representation by an experienced family law attorney on your side to guide you through every step and every legal option available.
At Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP, our White Plains divorce attorney is dedicated to helping our clients obtain the most favorable decisions possible. With more than 50 years of collective experience, we have a thorough understanding of the New York divorce process. Our legal team knows what it takes to help you come to a favorable settlement in your case.
New York Divorce Overview
You may file for divorce in New York if you and your spouse have lived separately for, at least, one and have a separation agreement. There are multiple grounds for divorce (e.g. adultery, cruel and inhuman treatment, abandonment by your spouse for more than one year, or your spouse’s imprisonment for more than three years); however, New York became the last state to enact a no-fault divorce ground.
Our firm can handle the following types of divorce:
- No fault divorce – Any divorce where the spouse requesting a divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse did something wrong.
- Contested & uncontested divorce – A contested divorce is one in which both parties cannot agree, either about getting a divorce or about certain divorce terms (e.g. alimony, child custody, child support, property division, etc.). By contrast, an uncontested divorce is available to couples who do not have any disagreements regarding basic divorce issues.
- High net worth divorce – Any divorce where one or both spouses have substantial property and assets, such as business ownership rights, investment accounts, stock options, or even multiple pieces of real estate.
Once the divorce papers have been served, a Request for Judicial Intervention (RJI) must be filed within 45 days. However, if you and your spouse both file a Notice of No Necessity, you will be allowed 120 days to file.
At least 10 days before your preliminary conference, you must exchange and file a Statement of Net Worth. A preliminary conference, where both parties must be present, will be held within 45 days of the RJI filing date, and then a compliance conference will be scheduled.
Discovery needs to be completed and a Note of Issue must be filed no later than six months from the date of the preliminary conference. The divorce trial will be scheduled no later than six months from the preliminary conference date.
Discuss Your Divorce with Our Legal Team Today
Your future and quality of life depend on the quality of your legal counsel during your divorce. Let our White Plains divorce attorney help you start a fresh, new chapter in life immediately.
To start your divorce case, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.