What are the Different Ways I Can Divorce a Spouse in New York?

What are the Different Ways I Can Divorce a Spouse in New York?

The process of divorce is never an easy situation. It usually requires a significant amount of time and patience. When going through this important moment in your life, it is important to be aware that there are different ways a divorce can take place. Individuals dealing this should retain the services of an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney for guidance. 

Contested Divorce

When spouses enter a divorce on bad terms, they often need to divorce through litigation with the help of a judge. This tends to happen when spouses cite “fault” grounds in the divorce, meaning they are looking to hold the other spouse responsible for the end of their marriage. This may be for reasons relating to adultery, abandonment, cruel and inhumane treatment, or prison sentences of 3+ years. When spouses cannot agree to terms of their divorce and need the help of the judge to do so for them, it is known as a contested divorce. 

Uncontested Divorce

On the other hand, when spouses are able to reach agreements with one another regarding their marital issues, it is known as an uncontested divorce. This is often seen in situations where spouses cite “no-fault” grounds and are not holding one another responsible for the end of the marriage. In these situations, spouses do not necessarily have to divorce in court. Instead, there are other options available to them, such as: 

  • Mediated Divorce: This option allows couples to discuss their marital issues with the guidance of an unbiased third party to reach agreements regarding their marital issues. When arrangements are made, the mediator can present them to the court to be approved into law. 
  • Collaborative Divorce: This takes place during a series of four-way meetings in which spouses are joined by their attorneys to help reach agreements regarding their marital issues.
  • Arbitration: This process also involves a third party who, instead of acting as a mediator, acts as a judge. They are able to make all the final decisions regarding marital issues for the spouses.

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