Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System shows that more than 2 million marriages take place in the United States every year – but at least 800,000 couples get divorced.
Most divorces involve some form of conflict. Even if the split is amicable, you and your former spouse may not agree on important matters such as spousal maintenance, asset division and child custody.
Contested divorces can become particularly heated. In New York, a divorce is considered “contested” when one or both spouses:
- Is not willing to get divorced;
- Disagrees on the grounds or basis of the divorce;
- Or disputes how the divorce will affect the children, property or finances.
Are you considering divorce? If you think your spouse will contest the split, contact a Brooklyn family lawyer from the Elliot Green Law Offices to discuss your legal options.
Elliot Green is a divorce attorney who will help you minimize the costs and consequences of ending your marriage. He will help you avoid mistakes that could threaten your personal interests or financial security.
Call 718-260-8668 to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit http://divorce.usattorneys.com/new-york/ to learn more about divorce laws and proceedings in New York.
Read on to learn what to do if your spouse contests the divorce:
File for a No-Fault Divorce
In 2010, New York became the final state in the United States to allow no-fault divorce. Filing for a no-fault divorce means that neither party is responsible for the marriage’s dissolution. This way, you won’t leave the door open for your spouse to oppose or deny the grounds of the divorce.
Wait for Your Spouse to Be Served
The sheriff of the court is responsible for serving notice of your intention to divorce upon your spouse. Bear in mind that no matter how your spouse replies, at this point he or she does not have the ability to stop or delay the proceedings.
According to the terms of a no-fault divorce, only one party will need to declare that the couple’s differences are irreconcilable. If you are worried that your spouse may try to hinder the proceedings, talk to your family lawyer about your concerns.
Divorce can be a tricky process at the best of times – and if your spouse is determined to contest important terms, that will only add to your stress. It is crucial that you contact a divorce attorney with the experience and knowledge to guide you through this difficult time.
If you are filing for divorce in New York, contact a Brooklyn divorce attorney from the Elliot Green Law Offices. Our office is available 24 hours a day.
A small mistake during the divorce process could threaten your personal or financial interests. Don’t try to end your marriage without a legal ally by your side. Call 718-260-8668 today to schedule a free initial consultation with Elliot Green.