If the divorce is uncontested, which means both parties agree to all terms of the marital settlement, the spouses may not need to go to court. If this is the case for your situation, all legal documents can be filed with the court, and the judgment can be sent to you. However, there is a possibility that the court may request a formal or informal hearing.
In a formal hearing, the divorce case needs to be presented from the start. On the other hand, the judge may ask questions regarding specific facts presented in the papers at an informal hearing.
Keep in mind, even if you and the other party have disputes about property division, child custody, alimony, or any other terms of the divorce, it does not automatically require intervention by the court. There are many cases where these issues can be resolved through mediation, arbitration, or third-party negotiation.
Alas, if your case just won’t settle, despite all of your best efforts, then you may need to go forward with court litigation. The process involves a substantial amount of time, effort, and finances. You will need to be extremely involved in the process, conduct a tremendous amount of work, and attend many meetings and hearings. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make a significant impact in your case and can help you obtain the most favorable results possible.
Divorce issues, whether settled in or out of a courtroom, can be legally complicated. If you are interested in filing for divorce in New York City, contact Goldweber Epstein LLP and request a consultation today.