The New York Guide To The Divorce Process

By Akanksha A. Panicker

The long road to divorce can often mean trying to navigate an exhausting and potentially expensive course. Divorce proceedings begin with one spouse bringing a suit for divorce proceedings against the other, the initiating spouse who filed the action for divorce being called the “plaintiff.” The other spouse (the one that needs to respond to the lawsuit for divorce) is called the “defendant.”

An uncontested divorce is the easiest and least troublesome form of divorce available. Meeting the requirements for this means that the individuals involved are in agreement about the need for the divorce, division of property and the custody of children, if any, amongst other conditions. It must be noted that disagreement on these fronts makes it more difficult to proceed with the action. As the disagreements grow more severe, divorce mediation, collaborative lawyers or a personal attorney grow more imperative to the issue. Whether one goes to court is dependent on whether it is a contested or uncontested divorce.

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