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Online Divorce
in New York

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  • Completed divorce papers within 2 business days
  • Printable PDF format
  • Free step by step guide for filing without a lawyer
  • Available 24/7 for any device
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an online divorce?

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Is your spouse in agreement regarding this divorce and willing to sign the divorce papers with you?
Do you and your spouse have any children under the age of 18 from this marriage?
New York Divorce

Why Online Divorce is
a Good Idea

Online divorce is a quick and cheap way to prepare the paperwork for an uncontested divorce. The couple doesn’t need to hire an attorney, saving thousands of dollars in legal fees. Moreover, divorcing couples can get ready-made divorce forms in a matter of days and file them.

How does it work?

Spouses need to complete a survey and provide the necessary information. The questions concern only information about their marriage and divorce. Nothing extra.

The system generates completed court-required forms under the divorce case specifics and the latest New York requirements within two business days. After that, the spouses can download and file the papers following the instructions.

Couples choose online divorce because:

Divorce Preparation Cost

Contested Divorce

  • Expensive lawyers
  • Disagreements between spouses
  • Lengthy litigation
  • The need to adjust your schedule for court hearings
  • The court makes decisions that do not always satisfy the wishes of the parties

Online Divorce $299

  • Affordable prices
  • Clear step-by-step instructions
  • No need to hire expensive lawyers
  • Transparent process
  • Download completed forms in just 2 business days
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Convenient and understandable system

DIY Divorce

  • It can be difficult to fill out forms yourself
  • A Court rejects the case if the forms have any mistakes
  • It's not suitable for those who have even small disputes
  • It may lead to unexpected expenses
  • It takes more time
New York Divorce Forms

New York Divorce Forms

When filing for divorce, spouses may need the following forms:

  • Summons (UD-1a or A-2);
  • Summons with Notice (UD-1 or A-1);
  • Verified Complaint (UD-2 or A-3);
  • Affidavit of Service (UD-3 or A-4);
  • Sworn Statement of Removal of Barriers to Remarriage (UD-4 or A-6);
  • Affirmation (Affidavit) of Regularity (UD-5 or A-8);
  • Affidavit of Plaintiff (UD-6 or A-9);
  • Affidavit of Defendant (UD-7 or A-5);
  • Child Support Worksheet (UD-8);
  • Support Collection Unit information Sheet (UD-8a);
  • Qualified Medical Child Support Order (UD-8b);
  • Note of Issue, (UD-9), or (A-10);
  • Findings of Fact/Conclusions of Law (UD-10 or A-12);
  • Judgment of Divorce (UD-11 or A-13);
  • Part 130 Certification (UD-12 or A-14);
  • Request for Judicial Intervention (RJI, UD-13, or A-11);
  • Notice of Entry (UD-14 or A-15);
  • USC 113;
  • Affidavit in Support of Application to Proceed as Poor Person;
  • Poor Person Order;
  • Postcard Sample;
  • Certificate of Dissolution;
  • Income Deduction Order;
  • NYS Case Registry;
  • Child Support Summary (UCS-111).

Depending on the case specifics, the list of forms may change. For example, spouses will not need some suggested forms in an uncontested case without children.

Filling Out Divorce Forms in New York

Filling Out Divorce Forms in New York

To obtain divorce filings, spouses can contact the county clerk, download blank forms for free from official resources, or use the services of CompleteCase.com.

Completing divorce forms can be complicated and exhausting for spouses without legal training. Therefore, before filling out the legal papers, they should perform certain steps.

If the spouses prepare the paperwork incorrectly, with mistakes, or incorrect information, the county clerk may reject them.

An alternative way to quickly and efficiently fill out forms is CompleteCase.com. The online platform will help spouses avoid mistakes and the confusing process of filling out paperwork.

All they have to do is answer the CompleteCase.com questionnaire. Divorcing spouses can do it in the comfort of their own home, at their own pace. Then they simply download the completed PDF forms from their accounts.

Steps for Divorce in New York

The divorce process in New York consists of several critical steps described below.

Grounds for Divorce

Grounds for Divorce

Initial Filling

Initial Filing

Court Fees

Court Fees

Serving a Spouse

Serving a Spouse

Finalizing a Divorce

Finalizing a Divorce

Grounds for Divorce

When filing for divorce, each couple must consider the reasons for the divorce. These are the official legal grounds for divorce recognized by the state.

New York recognizes both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce.

A no-fault divorce means that the partners do not blame each other for the marriage breakdown. Since August 2010, couples in New York can file for divorce due to an “irretrievable breakdown” in their marriage that leaves no real chance for reconciliation.

To file for a no-fault divorce, one spouse should point out that their marriage has been broken for at least six months before filing. In addition, partners should resolve all of their divorce-related issues, such as property division, spousal support, and child custody.

The fault-based grounds for divorce are used when one of the spouses wants to complain about the wrongdoing of the other spouse. These include:

  • adultery;
  • abandonment for at least one year;
  • cruel treatment;
  • divorce after a legal separation agreement;
  • imprisonment for three or more years during the marriage.

In case of a divorce due to fault, the spouse needs to prove the other spouse’s misconduct. Proof includes emails, letters, photographs, videos, and witness statements.

Initial Filing

For the initial submission, spouses need to prepare the “Summons With Notice” or “Summons and Complaint.” Documents should be submitted to the nearest County Clerk's Office. Spouses can also file for divorce through the New York State Courts Electronic Filing system (NYSCEF), but they should check if the e-filing system is available in their county.

Court Fees

When filing for divorce, the petitioner should pay filing fees. In New York, the filing fee for an uncontested divorce is $335. This amount also includes the index fee for divorce.

Serving a Spouse

Within 120 days after filing, the petitioner needs to deliver the divorce papers to the respondent. You can serve your spouse:

  • in person;
  • with the help of a New York resident over 18 years of age;
  • using a professional process server.

Finalizing a Divorce

When the spouses file all the required documents and the waiting period has expired, the court sets a final hearing. In an uncontested divorce, the judge may sign a divorce decree dissolving the marriage at that hearing.

Getting a Divorce Without a Lawyer in New York

Getting a Divorce Without a Lawyer

A family law attorney helps spouses organize their divorce and make it as smooth as possible. Attorneys are usually responsible for preparing divorce papers, collecting information, filing documents with the court, serving the other spouse, representing and defending the client’s interests in court.

However, the hourly rate for a lawyer in New York is between $122 and $485 per hour, which not everyone can afford.

In an uncontested divorce, spouses can save thousands of dollars in legal fees. They may refuse the lawyer’s services if they:

  • resolved issues of child custody, property division, and alimony.
  • do not have large marital assets and debts;
  • have the desire and time to deal with the divorce process independently.

An uncontested divorce where the partners do not hire a lawyer is called a DIY Divorce. It means that they will have to prepare and submit documents themselves and maintain their divorce proceedings.

In a DIY divorce, the spouses can use additional online tools like CompleteCase.com to save money and time processing legal documents.

Just a couple of clicks and your papers are ready to be signed.

Getting a Divorce with Children in New York

Getting a Divorce with Children in New York

Child Custody

  1. child’s desire;
  2. the child’s relationship with siblings and extended family members;
  3. each parent’s relationship with the child;
  4. each parent’s role in caring for the child;
  5. the child’s ties to the school, home, and community;
  6. each parent’s age, physical and mental health;
  7. the child’s unique needs, if any;
  8. the parents’ geographical proximity;
  9. each parent’s willingness to foster a relationship between the child and the other parent;
  10. each parent’s stability;
  11. either parent’s history of domestic abuse; and
  12. any other factor relevant to the child’s well-being.

Child Support

Child support is the amount of money a non-custodial parent needs to pay the custodial parent to help care for children under 21. If spouses can not reach an agreement, the judge will determine child support using a set formula commonly referred to in New York as the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA).

Waiting Period in New York

Waiting Period in New York

New York does not have a waiting period like many other states. Spouses can immediately receive a final court decree in an uncontested divorce.

However, spouses should consider their case peculiarities, how quickly they served the other spouse, and the court workload. For example, the length of an amicable divorce lasts roughly three months. While a contested one can last up to a year or even more.

If spouses want to shorten their divorce length, they should:

  • resolve all divorce-related issues out of court;
  • use alternative tools such as CompleteCase.com to prepare divorce forms quickly and inexpensively.

Residency Requirements

According to Domestic Relations Law, spouses have to meet residency requirements:

  • The marriage took place in New York, and one or both spouses have resided in the state for one year before filing;
  • The spouses lived in the state as a married couple, or one of the spouses lived in the state for one year;
  • The spouses were not married in New York and never lived in the state as a married couple, and at least one of the spouses lived continuously in the state for two years before filing;
  • The reasons for the divorce took place in New York, and the couple had lived in the state continuously for one year before filing for divorce.
Residency Requirements in New York

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