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What Is an Uncontested Divorce? September 2, 2019

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What Is an Uncontested Divorce?, Manhattan, New York

Although many divorces lead to disputes, some couples that are ending their marriage can agree on all of the terms of their separation. If this is the case, there’s no need to go before a judge for any kind of litigation, so the couple may pursue an uncontested divorce—generally the easiest and fastest way to end a marriage.

When Is a Couple Eligible for an Uncontested Divorce?

Even though emotions will undoubtedly run high during a divorce, you may want to try to work out an arrangement that you and your partner find satisfactory to streamline the proceedings. Going to court is usually a last resort, as it can drag a divorce out considerably, and it essentially removes any control the couple has over the final outcome. To pursue an uncontested divorce, you and your partner must agree on how you will divide assets and liabilities, manage spousal support, and handle child custody.

How Do You Finalize an Uncontested Divorce?

divorceTo finalize an uncontested divorce in New York, you must file a “Summons and Complaint” with the County Clerk’s office. There’s a $210 processing fee, but it can be waived if you can prove financial hardship. Once the Summons is filed, your spouse will sign at a notary. After that a final set of documents is signed by the plaintiff and all are submitted to the court.Since the divorce is uncontested a judge who will sign off on the agreement without you having to make any court appearance.


If you and your spouse have decided to pursue an uncontested divorce, turn to We The People of NY for help. Based in New York City, they specialize in legal document preparation and will ensure all the forms you file are completed accurately and thoroughly. Since 2006, this locally-owned business has been helping people finalize legal arrangements, making these difficult proceedings as easy as possible. Visit their website to learn more about their divorce services, or call (212) 633-2200 to schedule an appointment.

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