Have you and your partner decided you are going to have an amicable divorce? If so, you may have already figured out all the arrangements of the divorce. You may be wondering what happens legally now if you have situated things with your spouse. Here is what you should know about amicable divorces.
Amicable Divorces: Reaching an Amicable Resolution in Divorce
I often get calls from people who say that they believe they have reached an amicable resolution with their spouse regarding their divorce. Although no court proceedings have taken place, they have sat down with their spouse and talked about houses, children, and everything they consider important. They believe they have reached a resolution. In such cases, we try to prepare an agreement for both sides to sign.
In New York State, a lawyer can represent only one of the spouses. It’s not considered appropriate for both spouses to meet with one attorney; however, one spouse can meet with a lawyer and talk about the possibility of having a property settlement agreement drafted, reviewed by the other spouse with his or her attorney, and signed. This approach will expedite matters significantly and keep the couple out of court, but still carries a certain amount of cost. There are also certain costs involved in finishing your divorce. New York State requires filing fees at specific stages of the process and there is really no way around paying a fee for the divorce, but you can certainly keep costs down if you can reach a resolution with your spouse.
If you have an amicable divorce resolution and would like to seek guidance for the proceedings, please contact our Buffalo divorce lawyers today.
At the office of Cole, Sorrentino, Hurley, Hewner & Gambino, P.C. we have decades of experience providing caring support for clients in situations just like yours.