There are numerous ways that you can go about filing for a divorce, and either party can file for divorce. Before you file, you should ensure that you or your spouse have met the durational residency requirements and that your divorce is otherwise legally eligible to be processed in New York. There are 5 ways to meet New York divorce residency requirements:
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In New York State, "maintenance" is the amount of money that one spouse may be required to pay another spouse during a divorce and/or after a divorce has been finalized. In some states, maintenance is also known as spousal support or alimony, but regardless of the name, the purpose of maintenance is to ensure that the spouse who earns less is able to retain a lifestyle similar to what the couple enjoyed while being married
The division of assets, including how property, real estate, debts and pensions will be distributed, is a topic that often causes heated debate in a divorce. Without a prenuptial agreement to fall back on, many couples are subjected to the oversight of a New York family court judge to determine what will come of their property and assets...read more
In almost every divorce that involves children, child custody and support needs to be addressed. Child support can be a frustrating topic for divorcing families, and many individuals feel confused about how much is owed, why it is owed, and how long the payments will be required...read more
When children are involved in a divorce, the situation can quickly escalate into a stressful matter. Reaching an amicable resolution of visitation and custody for families is key and can help avoid the need for modifications to a divorce decree in the future. When you work with The Law Office of Smith & Messina, we can fully address all legal needs you have and work to protect your child's best interests...read more
Divorce doesn't just impact the spouses involved – it often touches the lives of both children and grandparents in a significant way. Fortunately, just because a divorce occurred does not mean you have to end your relationship with your grandchildren. New York has certain provisions for grandparents who seek visitation or custody of their grandchildren...read more
At The Law Office of Smith & Messina, we understand that life changes can happen very quickly. Sometimes, it is absolutely necessary to move away from the area where your divorce was finalized. Job opportunities, family obligations, and other factors can cause a person to relocate away; however, picking up and leaving is not as easy as it sounds when children are involved in a divorce decree...read more
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If you meet the state residency requirements, you can initiate the dissolution by filling out the appropriate paperwork. A divorce action starts with a summons, in which you state the grounds for divorce and lay the groundwork for custody, alimony, other types of relief, and more. Once you have filled out the appropriate form with two extra copies, you can file them at the county clerk's office. At Smith & Messina, we understand that this process is complex and we are ready to help you navigate each step of your divorce.
Other steps in the divorce process include:
Serving the summons to your spouse /
Scheduling a court appearance /
Determining custody and support.
When one spouse serves papers, the spouse who receives the summons (the defendant) can choose whether or not to challenge the terms of the divorce. If they agree or do not respond, the divorce can proceed as an uncontested divorce. If they offer a defense, however, the divorce will have to be resolved as a contested divorce. Our firm is ready help you reach a desirable resolution in any type of divorce.
Even in uncontested divorces, emotions can run high. Dissolving a marriage is a stressful process, and when it comes to getting the most out of your divorce decree, you need to work with an experienced family law attorney who will seek your best interests.Contact The Law Office of Smith & Messina right away if you are considering filing for divorce or have been served divorce papers. As Buffalo divorce attorneys, we are pleased to offer trusted and experienced legal counsel to residents of Erie County.