New York Online Divorce

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Our simple online process makes getting divorced quick, easy and affordable and without the hassle of hiring a lawyer or going to court.  We understand that going through a divorce can be a difficult and emotionally taxing experience, which is why we offer a simple and convenient way to take care of everything online.

 

If you are looking for a reliable online divorce service in New York, look no further than ReliableDivorce.  We have been helping people get divorced since 2007. 

  • Guaranteed approval by New York courts

  • 100% Money Back Guarantee

  • Lowest price on the market at $99

  • No hidden fees

  • Receive your divorce papers today

  • Unlimited ability to make revisions and generate new documents

  • Created by divorce lawyers

  • Legal professional is available to answer any questions

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Why Choose Us?

Because you don't like paying more for the same product.

You can pay other online divorce services up to $299 to receive the same completed divorce papers that you would receive from ReliableDivorce.com for just $99.  Plus, our $99 price includes the option to schedule a phone conference with the legal professional assigned to your case (your Case Manager) to walk you through each step of the process and answer any questions you may have.

Because you want accurate, up to date divorce papers with a proven track record of acceptance by the court.

Since ReliableDivorce.com was created by divorce attorneys and is operated by divorce attorneys, you receive the same divorce papers that divorce lawyers file with the court every day, but without having to spend thousands of dollars on attorney's fees.

Because you want a single, upfront price and not be hit with hidden fees later down the road.

Many other services start hitting you up for additional fees shortly after you sign up (and after already paying their initial fee).  These additional fees often include "storage fees" to maintain your information or monthly charges just so you may continue to access your own documents. However, we will never ask you to pay any additional fees. With ReliableDivorce.com, you will always have unlimited access to your account so that, at any time, you may make changes to your information and generate new documents regardless of how long ago you signed up for our service.

Getting an Online Divorce in New York

Our online divorce service is designed for spouses who want a simple, fast, and cheap divorce in New York. The key factor to determine whether an online divorce will work for your situation is that both spouses can agree to the terms of the divorce, including the division of property, division of debts and any child-related issues, if applicable.

 

ReliableDivorce.com makes the online divorce process easy and affordable for virtually every budget. Based on your answers to our questionnaire, we determine all the necessary documents you will need and the documents are prepared as required for the court’s approval.  We provide you step-by-step written instructions beginning with how to file your divorce papers and all the way through how to finalize your divorce.  

 

We have spent more than 15 years helping people file for and complete their divorce. Unlike many other online divorce services, our services don’t end once you file your initial divorce papers. We also want to make sure you are easily able to finalize your divorce as quickly as New York law allows.  We understand that even with step-by-step instructions to guide you through the divorce process, it can still be overwhelming. That’s why our service continues to provide you support even after you have your completed divorce papers in hand. Included with our service is the option to schedule a phone consultation with your case manager who can answer any questions you may have or even walk you through each step of the process if necessary. 

 

The bottom line is that if you and your spouse can agree on the terms of your divorce, then an online divorce is the fastest, easiest and least expensive option to dissolve your marriage. Whether you have children, own a home or own other property, as long as you and your spouse can reach an agreement on all such issues, then you are eligible to use our online divorce services to file your divorce in New York.

 

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Uncontested Divorce vs. Contested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is one in which both spouses have reached an agreement on all the major issues, such as property division, division of debt, child custody, child support, and spouse support.

 

A contested divorce in one in which the spouses cannot reach an agreement on the major issues and, as a result, the court will have to decide the final outcome on the disputed issues.

 

In either type of divorce, the process starts by one spouse filing for divorce.

 

Benefits to an Uncontested Divorce

 

  • Save Money. Spouses save a significant amount of money in an uncontested divorce vs. a contested divorce. Instead of paying the high attorney’s fees that accompany a contested divorce, that money stays in the parties’ pockets.

  • Save Time. Because the spouses have already reached an agreement on the important issues, the paperwork is stream-lined and the parties don’t have to spend time attending multiple court hearings and formal negations that can take many months or even years to complete.

  • Save Mental Health. Fighting your divorce out in court adds additional stress to an already difficult situation. An uncontested divorce results in a much easier and less stressful legal process.

 

We created our New York online divorce service to maximize these benefits. ReliableDivorce.com provides the lowest price online divorce service in the market with the fastest results. You receive your divorce papers immediately after completing our online questionnaire so you can file your divorce today or any other day you choose.

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How to File for Divorce Without a Lawyer

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Our online divorce service makes it easy to file for divorce without a lawyer.  There is no requirement that you have a lawyer to file for divorce in New York. In fact, in many New York counties, more than half of all divorces are filed and completed without any lawyer involvement. Once you sign up to use our online divorce service, you simply fill out our online questionnaire to begin your divorce paperwork.  We provide you with all the paperwork needed to file and complete your divorce along with detailed instructions for every step of the process.

The first step of the process is to ensure you meet the state's residency requirements to file for divorce in New York.

Residency Requirement: If both spouses reside in New York and the reason for the divorce occurred in the state, then there is no minimum residency requirement and a divorce action may be filed at any time.

 

If only one spouse lives in New York, then the in-state residency requirement is 365 days if one of the following situations applies: 1) the cause of the divorce occurred in the state, 2) the spouses were married in the state or 3) the spouses lived in the state for any period of time during the marriage. 

 

If none of the previous situations applies, then one spouse must have resided in New York for at least 730 days prior to filing for divorce.

[New York Dom. Rel. Law §§ 230, 231]

Divorce papers may be filed in the county where either spouse currently resides. [New York Dom. Rel. Law §§ 230, 231]

Detailed court-filing instructions are included with your completed divorce papers, so that you know how the process works.

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Grounds for Divorce

In New York, a divorce may be granted based on one of the following grounds:

  • Irretrievable breakdown in the marriage relationship for a period of at least 6 months – To use this ground, you and your spouse must have reached an agreement on the terms of your divorce, including division of property, division of debt, spousal support child custody, and child support.

  • Cruel and Inhuman Treatment – A spouse must show that the other spouse committed specific acts of cruelty during the past five years.  The cruelty must be so severe as to put the spouse in physical or mental danger and, as a result, it is unsafe for the spouse to remain living with the other spouse.

  • Abandonment – This ground requires the defendant spouse to have physically abandoned the plaintiff spouse for at least one year with no intention of returning.  “Constructive” abandonment may be allowed in some courts.  This happens when one spouse refuses to have sexual relations with the other spouse for a period of at least one year and there is no reasonable basis (such as a medical reason) for the refusal.

  • Imprisonment – This ground may be used when the spouse was incarcerated for at least three continuous years after the marriage began.  This ground may be used while the spouse is still in prison or up to five years after the spouse’s release.

  • Adultery – The plaintiff spouse must prove the defendant spouse’s infidelity.  This ground is often difficult to prove because evidence of the infidelity must come from someone other than the two spouses.

  • Divorce after a legal separation agreement – This requires the spouses to have signed and filed a valid separation agreement and to have lived separate and apart for at least one year.

  • Divorce after a judgment of separation – This ground is rarely used since it requires the Supreme Court to enter a judgment of separation and the spouses must live separate apart for at least one year.

Child Custody and Visitation

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Legal Custody in New York

Legal custody refers to who makes or participates in the major decisions regarding the raising of the child.

Legal custody is determined based on what is in the child's best interest.

[New York Dom. Rel. Law § 240].

Joint Legal Custody is where both parents have the right to participate in making the major decisions affecting the child. 

Sole Legal Custody is where only one parent has the right to make decisions affecting the child.

In New York, courts generally favor joint legal custody, but not necessarily joint or equal physical custody of a child.

Best Interest of the Child

There are a number of factors that help determine what is in the child’s best interest including:

  • Primary caregiver of the child - which parent normally provides meals, gives baths, takes the child to the doctor, takes the child to/from school.

  • Parenting skills

  • Mental and physical health of the parent

  • Ability and willingness to co-parent with the other parent

  • Child’s preference

  • Parent history of substance abuse or domestic violence

Physical Custody in New York

Physical custody says who the children will primarily reside with and the other parent will have visitation as discussed below. 

In New York, the non-custodial parent generally has the same visitation rights regardless of whether sole legal custody or joint legal custody is ordered in the divorce decree.  There are exceptions to this general rule of course, such as when there is a history of domestic violence.

Visitation

Visitation can be any schedule agreed upon by both parents and can be changed at any time provided both parents are in agreement. Basically, the parents are in control of visitation provided they both agree to it and it is in the best interest of the child. If the parents cannot reach an agreement on visitation then the court will require the parents to follow a specific schedule that is determined by the court.  The state provides guidelines on visitation and many parents find it easier to just go by the standard guideline visitation schedule. This will be explained in more detail in your divorce papers.

Child Support

Child support is set based on the state-mandated guidelines.  Using a New York child support calculator is best for determining the amount of child support to be paid. The child support calculator uses the child support guidelines prescribed by New York law. [New York Dom. Rel. Law § 240]. In the event that you and your spouse cannot agree on this issue, the court will use the same calculation as the basis for determining the support obligation.  Our online divorce service provides you the guidelines and a child support calculator during your questionnaire. 

Child support obligation in New York generally ends when the child turns 18 years old, but may extend through age 21 if the child is enrolled in an educational program and living with a parent.  [New York Dom. Rel. Law § 413].

Maintenance or Spousal Support

Some of these factors include:

  • Spouses’ standard of living.

  • Income and property of the spouses

  • Length of the marriage

  • Age and health of the spouses

  • Present earning capacity

  • Future earning capacity

  • Whether the party requesting maintenance can become self-supporting

  • Whether the spouses have minor children together

  • Tax consequences

  • Contributions the spouse requesting maintenance made to help further the career of the other spouse

  • Wasteful spending or disposing of marital property

  • Any other factor that the court expressly finds just and proper.

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Maintenance, also known as spousal support or alimony, may be agreed upon by the spouses or awarded by the court in New York divorces.  There are a number of factors the court will look at when determining whether 1) maintenance should be awarded, 2) the amount that should be paid, and 3) how long maintenance payments should be paid.

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New York Divorce Forms

Our New York forms are guaranteed to be approved by the court.  Our software determines what forms are needed and how to correctly complete the forms based on the answers you provide when completing our online questionnaire.  Our software is updated anytime there is a change in the New York divorce laws.  Our service makes getting an online divorce as seamless as possible and at a price that meets every budget. 

New York Divorce - FAQ

How long will my divorce take?

Short Answer:  Can be as little as a couple of weeks.

Detailed Answer: New York does not have a mandatory waiting period before a divorce may be finalized.  The actual time it takes will depend on how quickly you and your spouse complete and file all the necessary paperwork and the judge's schedule. 

 

What documents are needed to file for divorce in New York?

Short Answer:  Summons, Verified Complaint Action for Divorce, Notice of Automatic Orders, Notice of Guideline Maintenance, and Notice Concerning Continuation of Health Care Coverage

Detailed Answer:   Additional documents are needed if spouses have minor children together.  Our online divorce service will provide you all of the forms needed for the entire divorce process along with detailed instructions for every step.  If you have any questions along the way, you may also schedule a call with one of our legal professionals who will walk you through the process.

How soon can I get remarried after my divorce is final?

Short Answer:  Immediately.

Detailed Answer:  New York does not have a mandatory waiting period between finalizing a divorce and when a party may marry another person. 

Can I file for divorce in New York if my spouse lives in another state?

Short Answer:  Yes.

Detailed Answer:  If your spouse lives outside of New York, then as long as you satisfy the state's residency requirement, you may file in the state.  

How long do I need to live in New York before I can file for divorce in the state?

Short Answer:  Varies between no minimum in-state residency requirement and 730 days.

Detailed Answer:  New York Residency Requirement:  If both spouses reside in New York and the reason for the divorce occurred in the state, then there is no minimum residency requirement and a divorce action may be filed at any time.

 

If only one spouse lives in New York, then the in-state residency requirement is 365 days if one of the following situations applies: 1) the cause of the divorce occurred in the state, 2) the spouses were married in the state or 3) the spouses lived in the state for any period of time during the marriage. 

 

If none of the previous situations applies, then one spouse must have resided in New York for at least 730 days prior to filing for divorce.

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Why ReliableDivorce stands above other divorce services:

Divorce Attorney Created Documents & Instructions: Our online divorce service, including all our divorce forms, instructions and questionnaires were created and are continuously operated by divorce attorneys.

Instant Divorce Documents: Your documents are completed in real time so you can file your papers today.  

Dedicated Case Manager: Access to the legal professional assigned to your case who can walk you through every step of the process.

Court-Approved Forms:  All our divorce forms are court-approved and guaranteed to be accepted by the court.

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100% Money Back Guarantee:  We guarantee our forms will be accepted by the court or we will refund 100% of your fee to use our service.

Unlimited Revisions: You can make unlimited revisions to your documents without any time restrictions. Even after your divorce is final, you can log into your account, modify your parenting plan and generate a new parenting plan without any additional cost.

Best Value: At $99, we have the lowest price complete online divorce service on the market.  

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Step-by-Step Instructions: We provide you detailed instructions for every step of the divorce process. If you are unsure or simply anxious about a step, you may schedule a call with your case manager who will walk you through any part of the process and answer any questions you may have. 

New York Counties Served

Albany
Allegany
Bronx
Broome
Cattaraugus
Cayuga
Chautauqua
Chemung
Chenango
Clinton
Columbia

Cortland
Delaware
Dutchess
Erie
Essex
Franklin
Fulton
Genesee
Greene
Hamilton
Herkimer

Onondaga
Ontario
Orange
Orleans
Oswego
Otsego
Putnam
Queens
Rensselaer
Richmond
Rockland

Jefferson
Kings
Lewis
Livingston
Madison
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Montgomery
Nassau
New York City
Niagara
Oneida

St. Lawrence
Saratoga
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Schoharie
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Tioga
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Ulster
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Washington
Wayne
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