How Long Does a Divorce Take in New York?

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If you are considering a divorce, you may be concerned about how long the process is going to take. The truth is, this timeframe varies for each couple. Read on to discover approximately how long your divorce will take and how a seasoned Nassau County contested divorce lawyer at Barrows Levy PLLC can work on your behalf in expediting these proceedings.

How long does it take to get a divorce in New York?

In New York State, most divorces are reported to take about a year to finalize. However, this process can make more or less time depending on the specifics of your situation. Factors that play into the timeline of your divorce include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Whether you and your spouse can reach an agreement easily.
  • Whether you and your spouse are undergoing a contested or uncontested divorce.
  • Whether you and your spouse share children and need to undergo child custody and child support agreements.
  • Whether you and your spouse have high-value marital assets that need to undergo equitable distribution.
  • Whether you and your spouse have an established prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.
  • New York’s requirements for divorce.

How might New York’s requirements impact how long it takes to get a divorce?

New York laws impose requirements that can impact the timeframe of your divorce proceedings. For one, New York has a residency requirement that you must fulfill, which states that you and your spouse must have lived in the state for at least two years without interruption. This allows the court to establish jurisdiction. If you do not yet meet this requirement, then you will have to wait until you do, which can further delay your proceedings. In this case, it may be best to consider filing in another state where you meet their requirement.

In addition, New York laws impose a mandatory separation period during which you and your spouse must live separately before your divorce can be finalized. So, if you and your spouse are undergoing a no-fault divorce, then you must be separated for at least one year. And if you and your spouse are undergoing a fault divorce, then the amount of time you will be required to be separated will depend on the cited grounds.

Understandably, this is a painful process that you likely do not want to drag on. If you would like more information on how you can get through this process as quickly as possible, you must consult with one of the competent divorce attorneys in Nassau County today.


If you need a Nassau County lawyer who has significant experience handling family and estate planning matters, contact Barrows Levy PLLC to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today. 

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