How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in New York?

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in New York?

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Generally, most divorces fluctuate in how long they take. In some cases, divorces can be finalized in a couple of weeks, while in others, they may take months or years. Although, every divorce takes a different amount of time depending on whether it is an uncontested or contested divorce. An uncontested divorce is a divorce where both parties agree on all of the terms that will apply to the termination of their marriage. In a contested divorce both parties cannot reach an agreement on all major issues relevant to the divorce. Divorces are extremely complicated and various factors impact how long it can take to finalize. A huge factor that can make the process longer is whether or not the couple has children. Dealing with all major child-related issues can prolong the process. If you are curious about how long the divorce process takes in New York, contact a dedicated Nassau County Divorce Attorney who can answer all of your questions.

Do residency requirements influence how long a divorce can take?

In New York, you can only file for a divorce if you meet one of their state residency requirements.

  • Either you or your spouse has lived in the state for at least two years immediately leading up to the date you file for divorce
  • Both parties live in New York at the time you file for divorce and the cause for the divorce occurred in New York
  • Either you or your spouse has lived in New York for at least one year immediately leading up to the date you file for divorce and:
    • Your marriage took place in New York
    • Both parties lived in New York during their marriage
    • The cause (grounds) for the divorce occurred in New York

What Can Shorten the Divorce Process?

In New York, there are various factors that can shorten the divorce process. One of the main factors that can help both parties not only shorten their divorce but ultimately help resolve all of their issues is mediation. Mediation can often shorten the length of the divorce by months. Divorce mediation is an alternative method to dispute resolution. This method focuses on avoiding court altogether and helping both parties reach a collaborative agreement in writing. A mediator meets with the couple seeking a divorce and helps them reach a mutual goal. The more issues, the more there is to resolve. If the issues stay unresolved, the divorce process can be prolonged. To help shorten the divorce process, you should see an experienced Nassau County Divorce Mediation Attorney who can help you take the following steps in resolving your issues.

Contact our experienced Nassau County firm

The Pollack Law Firm, P.C., is always available to assist and represent parties in divorce, separation, and all other matrimonial and family law matters. Contact us online or call today to schedule your complimentary case analysis at (516) 938-3330.

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