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Ending your marriage is often one of the most difficult decisions you will face. Whether it is contested or uncontested, divorce can have a long-lasting impact on your life. It can affect your family relationships and finances, and become a source of distress, worry, and antagonism between you and your spouse.
Because of the difficulties involved in ending such an intimate relationship and the complexities of divorce law, you should go into the divorce process armed with a basic understanding of how it will change your life and the lives of all those involved, including your children.
Even if you think your divorce will be uncontested, you should meet with our knowledgeable attorney to discuss how the process works and to ensure that your legal paperwork is submitted properly. If you and your spouse have issues which must be resolved before a divorce can be finalized, then you will need the counsel of our trusted and experienced attorney.
In order to be eligible for a divorce, you and / or your spouse must have resided in the state of New York for a specified and continuous period of time, usually for one year. The Supreme Court of the State of New York is the only court that can legally grant you a divorce. Family courts, however, handle cases involving child custody, visitation rights, and child support.
In addition to divorce, you may find that legal separation or mediation are good alternative dispute resolution methods for your situation. These may be done outside the courtroom, saving you the time, expense, and stress of hostile divorce litigation. The Steward Law Firm offers mediation services if you are struggling to find resolution in your divorce.