What is the Divorce Process in Nassau County?
Most couples don’t get married expecting to get divorced later on. Yet, divorce is a reality many couples come to face. Getting divorced can be a difficult process, but it may be well worth it in the long run. In order to make the process easier, it is important to become educated regarding the steps you might go through when getting divorced. Read on to learn about the divorce process in Nassau County, and how the right legal representation can skillfully and empathetically guide you through the challenges ahead.
In order to file for divorce in New York, you must fulfill the residency requirement. To do so, you must prove that you and/or your spouse have lived in New York State for at least two years, uninterrupted.
Grounds for Divorce
Once you fulfill the residency requirement, you will have to cite grounds for your divorce. New York is a no-fault state. This means you do not have to prove fault grounds, you only have to cite them. You can cite the following legal fault grounds:
- Irretrievable breakdown for at least six months
- Confinement in prison or a mental institution for three or more consecutive years.
Complaint for Divorce
Next, you will file a Complaint for Divorce. Here, you will cite the grounds for divorce and request any necessary relief you may need, such as child support and custody, or legal fees. Once the complaint has been filed by the plaintiff, a third party will serve the defendant with divorce papers.
Discovery Process & Compliance Conference
During the discovery phase, the court will ask for most of your financial-related documents. This conference is called to ensure that both parties have what they need to proceed with a trial.
The compliance conference is where any pre-trial motions are filed. These motions may include temporary child support, temporary child custody, and court-related fees, among other things.
Finalizing Your Divorce
A divorce is finalized with a Judgment of Divorce. This document will include all orders from the court, such as property distribution and child custody.
Every couple is different, so every divorce process is different. Some divorces are quick and easy, while others are long and drawn out. Regardless, it is important to find the right legal team for you. If you have any questions regarding the divorce process, do not hesitate to reach out to The Pollack Law Firm, P.C.
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