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Divorce: What to Expect

Understanding the Divorce Process

Westchester County Divorce Attorneys Located in White Plains & Peekskill

Recognizing that your marriage has come to an end and moving towards a divorce are difficult steps for you to take. Being proactive and enlisting the help of a Westchester County divorce lawyer who understands the emotional toll as well as the financial issues of support for you and the children, keeping and maintaining the marital home, and protecting your assets and interests is critically important and will alleviate some of your stress.

Because you are coping with a wide range of emotions and have a number of legal considerations, it is crucial that you find an experienced and dedicated divorce attorney who you can trust to balance your concerns with the rigorous demands of the legal system. The skilled divorce lawyers at our firm can guide you through this unsettling time and will help you achieve the outcome that you need and deserve.

Contact the firm today at (914) 840-5104!

We Can Walk You Through the Divorce Process

Obtaining a divorce in New York, like other family law matters, is often a complex process. However, our divorce lawyers are trial tested, experienced, and dedicated attorneys who are committed to providing outstanding legal representation to individuals facing a divorce.

Our Westchester County divorce lawyers will address each and every one of your concerns, including, but not limited to:

  • Your children
  • Your finances
  • Your future

How Is a Divorce Started?

A divorce is typically commenced by filing a document called a "Summons and Verified Complaint" with the Court.

This document will include basic information such as:

  • Parties' names and addresses
  • Date of your marriage
  • Place of your marriage
  • Whether your marriage ceremony was religious or civil
  • Names and dates of births of your children
  • Health insurance information
  • Your "ground" for divorce
  • What relief you want the court to grant you (i.e. child custody, etc.)

The Summons and Verified Complaint must then be personally served upon the other spouse. In most instances, the other spouse then must respond to the Summons and Complaint in the form of a document referred to as a "Verified Answer."

How Long Does a Divorce Case Take in New York State?

Determining the length of a divorce case is not an easy question to answer and depends on your specific factual circumstances.

Generally speaking, if you and your spouse successfully negotiate a settlement or resolution of all issues involved in your divorce, the divorce process will be much quicker than if you were to proceed to a trial. If you and your spouse are unable to reach a settlement, the amount of time it takes to get your case ready for further settlement negotiations or trial can range from several months to a year, or longer, depending on the complexity of the case.

For additional information regarding the divorce process please visit our individual divorce pages in the left hand margin of this website.

We offer a Free Initial Legal Consultation for all Divorce Matters

As part of our commitment to providing excellent legal representation to all of our clients, whether they are a new client, existing client or returning client, our Westchester County divorce attorneys provide free initial legal consultaitons.

We Serve Westchester, Bronx, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland & Orange Counties

"This firm helped me on my divorce case. I was having problems with my wife (ex-wife) and the firm gave me great advice and always was available to answer my questions. I even got return e-mails or calls on the weekends. I felt like they were really fighting for me. In the end I got exactly what I wanted." -- Client Review

Contact our law firm for more information about how our experienced divorce attorneys can help you with your divorce. Contact us online or by telephone at (914) 840-5104.

Why You Should Choose Our Law Firm

  • Experience & Perspective

    65+ years of combined experience, including criminal prosecution

  • Published Legal Authors

    Co-authored national bestsellers on DWI and criminal defense

  • Award Winning

    Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for Family Law and Criminal Defense

  • Premier Counsel

    Selection for Super Lawyers® (top 5% of New York attorneys)

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