Question #64: I would like to end my 7-year marriage to my husband. We have no children and have mutually agreed on the property split (so there’s nothing to mediate). We have both worked full-time jobs throughout our marriage so there’s no need for alimony. We live together for economic reasons. What would be the quickest and most affordable way to divorce him in NYC? Do we need to be legally separated for a specified amount of time. We don’t have a lot of money, and like I said earlier, not much property to split. Should one of us move out?

Although you state that you have nothing to mediate, in fact it is important to make sure that you have discussed all of the relevant issues involved in separating, and ultimately divorcing and therefore a mediator is still necessary. In addition you will have to enter into a Separation Agreement which will spell out in writing all of the terms of upon which you have agreed to divide your property and the decisions you have made regarding spousal support and other issues. The quickest way to divorce in New York City is to do it through mediation. Please call me at 212-370-1660 to discuss the matter. Neither should move out before a settlement is reached unless there is a problem with physical abuse.

Leonard M. Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions