Are you contemplating divorce in Buffalo? Read this article to learn what you should know about the divorce process, then call our attorneys.
1) The First Step in the Divorce Process
- If you’re contemplating a divorce, your first goal is to select your attorney.
- Advice from co-workers, friends, or relatives who might have been through a divorce is of little value, because every situation is unique.
- Meeting with an attorney ensures that you receive guidance tailored to your situation.
- For a fee of $150, I offer a consultation which includes a personal meeting during which you will receive an overview of relevant New York State law, guidance in selecting options for how to proceed, and an estimate of the amount of my retainer.
- That initial fee will probably be the best money you spend because it will give you an opportunity to learn about divorce law and unload some of the stress in your situation.
2) How Long Does a Divorce Take
- If the spouses are cooperative, their divorce can be completed in a few months.
- When spouses are completely uncooperative, their divorce may drag on for years.
- The longer your divorce goes on, the more money it will cost.
- Based on what might be called a typical case, my practice is able to wrap up most divorces in six to nine months, when both parties are reasonable.
- The process carries a certain amount of anxiety, but it can be shortened when both sides are willing to move forward toward a resolution.
3) Reaching an Amicable Resolution
- People often say they have reached an amicable resolution with their spouse regarding their divorce.
- No court proceedings may have taken place, but couples have discussed houses, children, and other important issues and believe they have reached a resolution, so we prepare an agreement for both sides to sign.
- In New York State, a lawyer can represent only one spouse and, although it is not considered appropriate for both spouses to meet with one attorney, one spouse can meet with a lawyer and have a property settlement agreement drafted, reviewed by the other spouse, and signed.
- This cooperative approach, which can expedite matters and keep the couple out of court, still carries a certain amount of cost, along with certain costs involved in finishing the divorce process.
- New York State requires specific filing fees and there is no way around paying a fee for the divorce; however, costs can be minimized by reaching such a resolution.
Are you contemplating or in the process of divorce in New York? After reading this article to learn what you should know about the divorce process, contact our Buffalo Divorce Attorneys for a legal consultation and case evaluation to get started on your claim.
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