4 Things You Need To Know About a Divorce
Are you looking for a quick and painless divorce? Check out these 4 things you need to know about a divorce, then call our Saratoga attorneys.
1. How Long Does it Take to Get Divorced?
- How long it takes to obtain a judgment of divorce depends upon the case.
- Our general time frames indicate that a high-conflict case – in which every issue is litigated, obtaining documents is difficult, or one party throws financial equity roadblocks in the way – can take a year or longer.
- A case involving relatively discrete issues that are concrete and easily ascertained can be completed in six months or less.
- New York’s Office of Court Administration attempts to impose time frames for completion of cases.
- Non-complex cases are expected to be completed in six months or less, while complex cases take longer. When more time is needed, the court system and the judges are fairly understanding about what needs to be done and why.
2. Information to Gather When Considering Divorce
- Treat a consultation as an opportunity for you to gather as much information as possible.
- You should be prepared to discuss the reasons why you came to see an attorney, particularly the circumstances behind seeking a divorce.
- Be prepared to discuss your personal background information; some basic information relative to your children; information regarding your financial circumstances, such as your income, your assets, and educational background. Those are things that are important to an attorney, because they’re going to be able to ascertain what issues need to be dealt with in terms of the divorce action.
- Please keep in mind that a consultation is confidential, so it’s important to be candid.
3. How Should I Prepare for Divorce in NYS?
- How you prepare for Divorce in New York State depends upon the type of Divorce that you are going to have
- You are going to need tax returns and credit card statements, in order to outline your financial situation
- Depending on the type of Divorce, we may need to have you obtain other documents, or take other action to protect yourself
4. Minimizing Divorce Expenses
- Keeping costs down is a regular concern for many people going through a divorce. After all, divorces are expensive, and the hefty cost often dissuades unhappy couples from seeking to end their marriages. Our firm’s advice to those seeking to remain financially stable in a divorce is thus: be organized and stay focused.
- By “be organized,” we mean that all parties in a divorce will benefit from arranging, presenting, and submitting documents in a clear and prompt manner, and this can only be accomplished through intentional and concerted efforts to keep all documents in order. We recommend sorting the documents that may be needed during litigation and keeping them in an organized fashion, either chronologically or grouped together by subject matter. During the divorce process, attorneys will need access to several documents, and having the relevant documents on hand and easily available can expedite legal proceedings. Organization also relates to how an individual who has filed for divorce presents her or his case to an attorney. The more organized that an individual is in presenting information to an attorney, the easier it will be to process that information.
- By “stay focused,” our office recommends that divorce seekers seriously consider their goals and what they wish to receive after the divorce has been finalized. All parties in a divorce should work on developing goals with their attorneys. Once a clear strategy is developed, it is easier to stay on track; the process will become more complicated over time, but a clear set of goals in mind will help everyone keep her or his eyes on the prize. When the documents are organized and a strategy has been established to reach the goals, as hard as it can be, it is imperative to remember what is important.
Are you looking for a quick and painless divorce? After reading about these 4 things you need to know about a divorce, contact our experienced and dedicated Saratoga Divorce Attorneys to guide you and set up a confidential consultation and legal case evaluation.
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