1. Initial Divorce Checklist for Your Attorney Consultation:
When you are getting started with your uncontested divorce in New York State, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney. An initial divorce checklist helps you and your lawyer determine the next steps in the process and make sure that everything is properly handled. This checklist should include a list of assets and debts, any documents you will need to provide, and any legal issues that may arise.
2. Protection of Assets and Division of Debts:
In an uncontested divorce in New York State, it is important that each spouse’s assets are protected from potential creditors. Your attorney can help you determine which property should be divided equitably between the two spouses, as well as how the division of debt will be handled.
3. Spousal Support Payments:
If one spouse was financially dependent on the other during the marriage, then spousal support payments may be ordered in an uncontested divorce in New York State. This can include court-ordered alimony or periodic payments from one spouse to the other.
4. Child Custody and Child Support Payments:
In an uncontested divorce in New York State, the court will determine which parent should have primary custody of any children. The court may also make orders for child support payments if necessary.
5. Documents Needed for the Divorce:
The documents needed for an uncontested divorce in New York State include a Petition for Divorce form, a Summons form, and other forms related to the division of property, debts, spousal support or alimony payments, and child support or custody arrangements.
6. Divorce Fees and Costs:
There are many fees associated with filing an uncontested divorce in New York State. These can include filing fees with the court, fees related to the service of papers, and any other costs associated with completing the divorce process.
7. Filing the Uncontested Divorce Forms:
After all documents have been prepared, it is time to file the uncontested divorce forms with the court. Before filing, make sure that you have signed all necessary documents as instructed by your lawyer.
8. Finalizing the Divorce Decree:
Once all paperwork has been filed with the court and both spouses complete their financial disclosures, a judge will review everything before signing off on a final decree of divorce.
9. End of Marriage Certificate (if applicable):
If you wish to change your name after getting divorced in New York State, an end-of-marriage certificate will be needed. This document is available from the court clerk and must be submitted to the Social Security Administration.
10. Change Your Name if Desired:
After your divorce decree has been granted, you may wish to change your name. This can be done by submitting a petition form to the court and providing any necessary documentation. Once approved, you will receive an updated social security card and driver's license reflecting your new name.