Question #69: what is the usual time frame from filing to finalization for a non contested divorce?

Once all of the papers have been reviewed by the parties and agreed-upon and executed, the filing can take as little as one week or ten days to up to six months, depending on the jurisdiction and the backlog of uncontested cases in such jurisdiction.

If you’re contemplating divorce and live in the New York City metropolitan area, please contact me at 212-370-1660 to discuss the matter at greater length.

Leonard M. Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions

Question #68: I live in NYC. My husband and I have agreed to a Legal Separation. Is this something we can do, or do we have to hire an attorney? Is there a general form to use for a legal separation?

A legal separation is the first step in the divorce process and it is essential that you get legal counsel to advise you on how to properly legally separate and to prepare a written Separation Agreement. The Separation Agreement deals with many issues that are unique to the married couple such as child custody, child support, the division of marital assets, spousal support, and many other issues that cannot be dealt with in a simple form. It must be drafted for the particular couple and their particular issues.

I cannot overemphasize the benefit of mediating your separation and divorce and strongly suggest that you call me at 212-370-1660 to arrange for a meeting to discuss the matter together.

Leonard M. Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions

Question #55: How long is the process of divorce in ny city? What are the costs? Can divorce been done without a lawyer?

The process can take anywhere from a few months to years depending on the cooperation of the parties, the compexity of the outstanding issues to be resolved between them, and the experience of the attorneys involved. I strongly recommend you consider mediating your divorce, which will be quicker, cheaper, and less emotionally straining than a litigated divorce. The costs will be a function of how long it takes us to resolve all of the outstanding issues such as child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, division of marital assets, etc. Many of the issues are quite complex and you should not think of getting a divorce and entering into a Separation Agreement without experienced legal counsel. Please call me at 212-370-1660 to discuss the matter in greater length.
Leonard M. Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions

Question #4: Once served with divorce papers, how long until the divorce is final?

Being served with divorce papers is the beginning of the legal process of divorce. If the divorce is uncontested, and the parties have agreed on all the matters necessary to be settled (Child custody, Child support, spousal support, division of marital assets, etc), then be balance of the divorce papers are executed and submitted to be appropriate court, and the time it takes to formally receive a signed divorce order depends largely on the court’s backlog. In some jurisdictions this could be up to 6 months or more, while in other jurisdictions it may be a matter of few weeks.
if the parties have not reached and agreement on the outstanding issues, the litigation just begins and there will be discovery and requests for production of documents, usually financial records, tax returns, etc. this process may take months and even years, depending on the nature of the dispute between the parties.
Leonard M. Weiner, Esq. \ Divorce Solutions