Question #197: My husband and I have been married for 15 yrs. married in NYS ,, moved to FL for 7 yrs. we split in July of 2010 and he moved back to NY. come July 2011 he will be a NY resident for 1 yr.,, I stayed in FL for 3 mos. and have been visiting in UK since Sept. 2010, will be returning to NY this month. I see requirements for filing for divorce is one partner must be a resident of NY for 1 yr. before filing. this will be uncontested with no assets and no children. he claims to be filing come the one year residency. can u tell me how long a divorce will take to finalize from that point? I can’t seem to find any answers to my question and spouse will not talk to me. Thank you for your time

The time it takes once the uncontested papers are filed depends on which county he is a resident of
And what that county’s backlog is. In Manhattan, for instance, the wait is about 3-4 months just to have the judgment signed
Once all the papers are filed and approved.

Divorce is a matter too important in one’s life to leave to self help.
You must insist on using an experienced attorney –mediator to negotiate and draft all the papers
Between you and your spouse.
If he is living in the NYC metro area, please call me to discuss the matter in greater length.

Leonard Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions