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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CAN MY SPOUSE AND I FILE UNCONTESTED DIVORCE PAPERS OURSELVES?
Yes.  You can.  It is difficult, but certainly not impossible.  
NYS puts the Uncontested Divorce Package online, along with a booklet explaining how to do it.  You will need to read the booklet very carefully and pay very close attention to it.  I would read the booklet once to understand it, then read it again, highlighting with a yellow highlighter what you need to do.  This packet works best for people who have already been separated for a while and have already separated their finances.  It is also easier to use these forms where there are no children of the marriage, your children are grown, or you have already worked these matters out in Family Court with an order of custody and visitation as well as a child support order.  Here is the link to the Uncontested Divorce Forms and Instruction Booklet.  Remember, that unless you qualify for and make application for "in pauperis" status, you will need to write checks out to your local County Clerk's office for various filing fees, starting with the Index number application.  Here is the link:  http://www.nycourts.gov/divorce/forms.shtml