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Uncontested divorce in New York

The decision to split up is one of the hardest in the life of any couple. There are two ways to end a marriage in the state of New York:

  • To have a contested divorce. If the couple is unable to resolve their differences, they have to involve a third party to help them. In this case, they have to hire an attorney to represent their interests in court. Besides, they also have to be present on multiple trials where the judge will listen to each party and reach a decision based on the presented arguments and evidence. Of course, this type of divorce is extremely expensive (the hourly fee of NY attorney is $300) and may take several years to be finalized.
  • To file for uncontested dissolution. In order to avoid all the hassle associated with a contested breakup, couples usually try to come to a full agreement to get an uncontested divorce. In this case, they won’t need to spend thousands on an attorney if they feel like all the issues are solved, and shouldn’t come to endless court hearings to resolve their disputes with the help of the judge.

If you have decided to file for an uncontested divorce, be ready to face one considerable obstacle on your way, which is finding the dissolution forms. There are dozens of papers that have to be filled out, and it is quite difficult to understand which forms you have to file exactly. If this is not something you want to spend your time on, OnlineDivorcer is here to help you out!

We are an experienced divorce service that has helped thousands of NY couples to end their marriage in a smooth and fast way. Working with us, you will get the packet of the filled-out divorce forms required for your case at the best price.

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Filling for divorce in New York without a lawyer

Deciding to file without any legal help, you have to take the following steps:

  • Check whether you meet the residency requirements. In NY, either spouse must have lived in the state for at least 2 years prior to filing.
  • Collect and fill out the divorce forms.
  • File the documents with the county clerk’s office.
  • Serve the paperwork to your spouse. In this state, you have two options of serving: you can give the documents directly to your spouse if you are in a full agreement, or you may ask a person over 18 years who is a resident of NY to hand the documents directly to your husband or wife.
  • Call the clerk to schedule the hearing.
  • Attend the hearing to get your divorce finalized.

How to complete DIY divorce in New York?

Sometimes people realize that they cannot afford to hire a lawyer and thus find a do it yourself divorce in NY the best option. However, is it really so? Let’s review the New York state DIY divorce process to answer this question:

  • Find out whether you are eligible to file for an uncontested divorce. You need to verify that you meet the state’s residency criteria and make sure that you are in a full agreement with your spouse.
  • Visit NY official website and check out the divorce information. Besides, you’ll need to find the forms that are needed for your case.
  • If you and your ex have children, search for the guidelines concerning child custody and support and check if you filled all the child-related documents correctly.
  • Check whether you have to attend parenting classes. Find out as much as you can about these lessons and whether you need to attend them separately or together with your spouse.
  • Fill in all the divorce forms you have found. Make sure you clearly understand what is asked of you and find the definitions of terms online if not.
  • Proofread the documents to make sure that you detected and eliminated any mistakes. If you submit the forms with typos or mistakes, the court will reject them.
  • Leave spaces which the clerk or a lawyer would fill out blank.
  • Verify if you need to take legal training to represent yourself at the hearing.
  • Print, sign, and file the documents with the court.

The next steps are the same as in the section above.

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New York divorce forms

There are numerous forms you may need to fill in depending on your specific case. We have collected the most frequently required ones:

  • Summons and Complaint
  • Affidavit of Service
  • Annual Income Worksheet
  • Child Support Worksheet

New York divorce papers online

In order to get your NY divorce paperwork filled out, you will need to have the following information on your hands:

  • Your and your spouse’s full name and date of birth.
  • Date and location of your marriage.
  • Your and your spouse’s current address, as well as the address of all real property you own.
  • Full names, dates of birth, and current address of your children.
  • Information about your income, debt, insurance, and taxes.
  • Workplace information – both yours and spouse’s.
  • Info about vehicles you both own, such as model, make, year, and VIN.
  • SSN and driver’s license number.
  • Information about any previous court cases involving you or your children.
  • Description of property you and your spouse own.
  • Financial accounts information.

There might be some additional details required depending on your individual case.

Things you need to know


You have to file the Complaint with the county clerk's office. Then the documents have to be served to the second spouse. You can deliver the needed forms personally if your husband or wife does not object it or ask any third party who is a resident of the state and over 18 years to hand the paperwork to the spouse. The defendant then has 20 days to respond if he or she lives in NY, or 30 days if he or she is a resident of another state.

Residency Requirements

Either spouse must have lived in the state for at least 2 years prior to filing.

Alternatively, either spouse must have continuously lived in the state for at least 1 year prior to filing and they got married in New York.

Waiting Period

New York doesn’t have a waiting period, but an uncontested divorce takes approximately 3 months, while the contested one may take more time.

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Getting a divorce in New York with a child

Child custody and support are important issues that have to be resolved by spouses before they file for a marriage dissolution.

  • As in any other state, there are two types of custody in New York: physical and legal. A judge usually grants custody based on the best interests of the child.
  • In general, both parents are eligible to have custody if there are no specific legal obstacles for it. If a judge gives joint legal custody, then spouses have to make all the important decisions together even if the child lives with only one caregiver. If the parents are granted joint physical custody, the child lives in both households for an equal amount of time.
  • If one parent is granted sole custody, the other one can still obtain visitation rights. Usually, spouses agree on the visitation schedule on their own, but if they are unable to do it, it will be issued by a judge. Apart from the second parent, grandparents and siblings can also request visitation rights.
  • In NY, both parents must financially support their child until he or she turns 21 years old. However, usually, the custodial parent (who possess physical custody) can get child support from the non-custodial one.


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