Uncontested Divorce


How Long Does A Divorce Take In New York?

Answer: At least Six Months

There is no direct answer.  How long a divorce will take depends on a number of factors.  Those factors include the following:

  • Contested Divorce vs. Uncontested Divorce: A contested divorce will take a lot longer than an uncontested divorce. This is because if you have a contested divorce, you have to work out the details of the divorce before you can get a court to divorce you.
  • County the Divorce Occurs In: The time it takes to get a divorce differs from County to County.  For example, it can take six months to a year to get a divorce in New York City once your documents are filed. 
  • Children:  If you have children, a divorce might take longer. This is because you have to arrive at custody and child support arrangements.

This list is not exhaustive.  How long a divorce takes really depends on a number of factors that are not the same in every case.  Needless to say, Divorce is not an overnight process.  It will take time.  Even if both parties are in agreement, if can take some times to get the papers filed and for the Court to then review the papers. If there are errors in any of the papers filed, that might slow the process down.

SIX MONTHS? THERE ARE SITES THAT SAY IT TAKES TWO WEEKS!

So it seems there are.  We will not comment on those claims, we will just tell you that it a divorce can take six months and rarely ever takes two weeks on the uncontested calendar in a non-appearance divorce case.

OH, & LET’S BE CLEAR, SIX MONTHS FROM THE FILING OF THE LAST DOCUMENT (UNCONTESTED DIVORCE PACKET), NOT SIX MONTHS FROM FILING (though these can be pretty close if the papers are prepared and filed in an expedited fashion.  However, you are not divorced when you file, you are divorced when the Court says so.  No person outside of the Court handling the Divorce dictates the timing of when a Judge reviews your documents. Is this always as long as six months? No.  Is it sometimes less? Yes.  Is it sometimes more? Yes.

So there is all this conflicting information about how long a divorce takes, who should you believe?  That is up to you. We get our information from experience and directly from the Matrimonial Clerks & Divisions in the counties. They are pretty good at giving you an idea of how long it will take to get some action on your matter.  They often post dates for you to understand when you might see a signed judgment after filing.

WHEN IS A NEW YORK DIVORCE FINAL?

According to the New York Unified Court System website:

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A divorce is considered final when the signed judgment of divorce is entered in the County Clerk’s Office.

Divorce FAQs

New York Unified Court System website

So how do you know when that happens? You look on E-courts.  Some counties, such as Queens county, do a good job of helping people with information online. Click Here to see Queens County Information regarding final judgments of divorce and when they happen.

 

Check out these Divorce Information Resources:

Free New York Uncontested Divorce Forms

Suggested topics:

 

di·vorce forms
pronunciation:
/do it yourself/
noun
1. forms you use to file for a divorce.
Where do you get divorce forms?
Many state courts provide divorce forms for free on their websites or at the courthouse! Often, the forms you buy from third parties are the exact same forms or similar to those that are provided for free!

 

When should I use divorce forms?

If you have a lawyer, you should always consult him or her for legal advice. Often, people who have an uncontested divorce use divorce forms to file for a divorce. Many document preparation services are simply filling the forms out for you. In fact, only attorneys can give you legal advice about your divorce. If you have a contested divorce, you may want to seek legal advice from a lawyer.

find divorce forms online

Click any of the links to learn more! We will be updating this page in the future. Stay tuned!

Arkansas Divorce Forms

Click here to go to the State Courts Form site

by the Arizona Legal Services Partnership


Learn more about divorce law:

What is a divorce?

What is an uncontested divorce? 

What is a contested divorce?

What is an annulment? 

What are the reasons you can get divorced?

See also:

Child Support Termination

 

 

di·vorce forms
pronunciation:
/do it yourself/
noun
1. forms you use to file for a divorce.
Where do you get divorce forms?
Many state courts provide divorce forms for free on their websites or at the courthouse! Often, the forms you buy from third parties are the exact same forms or similar to those that are provided for free!

 


When should I use divorce forms?

If you have a lawyer, you should always consult him or her for legal advice. Often, people who have an uncontested divorce use divorce forms to file for a divorce. Many document preparation services are simply filling the forms out for you. In fact, only attorneys can give you legal advice about your divorce. If you have a contested divorce, you may want to seek legal advice from a lawyer.

find divorce forms online

Click any of the links to learn more! We will be updating this page in the future. Stay tuned!

California Divorce Forms

Click here to go to the California State Courts Form site

Click here to go to the California Courts Self-Help Center site

Click here to go to the California Courts Divorce or Separation self help site

This site has information on:

Filing for Divorce in California

Filing for Legal Separation in California

Spousal support in California

Annulments in California


See also:

Learn more about divorce law:

What is a divorce?

What is an uncontested divorce?

What is a contested divorce?

What is an annulment?

What are the reasons you can get divorced?

 

di·vorce forms
pronunciation:
/do it yourself/
noun
1. forms you use to file for a divorce.
Where do you get divorce forms?
Many state courts provide divorce forms for free on their websites or at the courthouse! Often, the forms you buy from third parties are the exact same forms or similar to those that are provided for free!

 

When should I use divorce forms?

If you have a lawyer, you should always consult him or her for legal advice. Often, people who have an uncontested divorce use divorce forms to file for a divorce. Many document preparation services are simply filling the forms out for you. In fact, only attorneys can give you legal advice about your divorce. If you have a contested divorce, you may want to seek legal advice from a lawyer.

find divorce forms online

Click any of the links to learn more! We will be updating this page in the future. Stay tuned!

Colorado Divorce Forms

Click here to go to the State Courts Form site


See also:

Colorado Separation

Colorado Divorce Forms (with Children)

Learn more about divorce law:

What is a divorce?

What is an uncontested divorce?

What is a contested divorce?

What is an annulment?

What are the reasons you can get divorced?

 

di·vorce forms
pronunciation:
/do it yourself/
noun
1. forms you use to file for a divorce.
Where do you get divorce forms?
Many state courts provide divorce forms for free on their websites or at the courthouse! Often, the forms you buy from third parties are the exact same forms or similar to those that are provided for free!

 

When should I use divorce forms?

If you have a lawyer, you should always consult him or her for legal advice. Often, people who have an uncontested divorce use divorce forms to file for a divorce. Many document preparation services are simply filling the forms out for you. In fact, only attorneys can give you legal advice about your divorce. If you have a contested divorce, you may want to seek legal advice from a lawyer.

find divorce forms online

Click any of the links to learn more! We will be updating this page in the future. Stay tuned!

Alabama Divorce Forms

Click here to go to the State Courts Form site



Learn more about divorce law:

What is a divorce?

What is an uncontested divorce? 

What is a contested divorce?

What is an annulment? 

What are the reasons you can get divorced?

 

di·vorce forms
pronunciation:
/do it yourself/
noun
1. forms you use to file for a divorce.
Where do you get divorce forms?
Many state courts provide divorce forms for free on their websites or at the courthouse! Often, the forms you buy from third parties are the exact same forms or similar to those that are provided for free!

 

When should I use divorce forms?

If you have a lawyer, you should always consult him or her for legal advice. Often, people who have an uncontested divorce use divorce forms to file for a divorce. Many document preparation services are simply filling the forms out for you. In fact, only attorneys can give you legal advice about your divorce. If you have a contested divorce, you may want to seek legal advice from a lawyer.  People seeking to represent themselves in Divorce Court may find these forms helpful.

find divorce forms online

Click any of the links to learn more! We will be updating this page in the future. Stay tuned!

STATE DIVORCE LAWS

These are links to each of our pages which contain States Divorce Forms which are free:

    1. Alabama Divorce Forms
    2. Alaska Divorce Forms
    3. Arizona Divorce Forms
    4. Arkansas Divorce Forms
    5. California Divorce Forms
    6. Colorado Divorce Forms
    7. ConnecticutDivorce Forms
    8. Delaware Divorce Forms
    9. Florida Divorce Forms
    10. Georgia Divorce Forms
    11. Hawaii Divorce Forms
    12. Idaho Divorce Forms
    13. Illinois Divorce Forms
    14. Indiana Divorce Forms
    15. Iowa Divorce Forms
    16. Kansas Divorce Forms
    17. Kentucky Divorce Forms
    18. Louisiana Divorce Forms
    19. Maine Divorce Forms
    20. Maryland Divorce Forms
    21. Massachusetts Divorce Forms
    22. Michigan Divorce Forms
    23. Minnesota Divorce Forms
    24. Mississippi Divorce Forms
    25. Missouri Divorce Forms
    26. Montana Divorce Forms
    27. Nebraska Divorce Forms
    28. Nevada Divorce Forms
    29. New Hampshire Divorce Forms
    30. New Jersey Divorce Forms
    31. New Mexico Divorce Forms
    32. New York Divorce Forms

 

    1. North Carolina Divorce Forms
    2. North Dakota Divorce Forms
    3. Ohio Divorce Forms
    4. Oklahoma Divorce Laws
    5. Oregon Divorce Forms
    6. Pennsylvania Divorce Forms
    7. Rhode Island Divorce Forms
    8. South Carolina Divorce Forms
    9. South Dakota Divorce Forms
    10. Tennessee Divorce Forms
    11. Texas Divorce Forms

 

  1. Utah Divorce Forms
  2. Vermont Divorce Forms
  3. Virginia Divorce Forms
  4. Washington Divorce Forms
  5. West Virginia Divorce Forms
  6. Wisconsin Divorce Forms
  7. Wyoming Divorce Forms
  8. District of Columbia Divorce Forms
  9. Puerto Rico Divorce Forms

 

Divorce Laws by State

The following is a list of State Divorce Laws that can be found online. The links point to the actual statutes that govern divorce in each State. Divorce laws can be very complicated. It is recommended that you consult with your personal attorney for advice regarding your individual situation & circumstances. No representations are being made regarding the accuracy of these links. They are maintained by third parties and provided as a courtesy.


These are direct links to websites which contain state laws relating to divorce:

    1. Alabama Divorce Laws
    2. Alaska Divorce Laws
    3. Arizona Divorce Laws
    4. Arkansas Divorce Laws
    5. California Divorce Laws
    6. Colorado Divorce Laws
    7. Connecticut Divorce Laws
    8. Delaware Divorce Laws
    9. Florida Divorce Laws
    10. Georgia Divorce Laws
    11. Hawaii Divorce Laws
    12. Idaho Divorce Laws
    13. Illinois Divorce Laws
    14. Indiana Divorce Laws
    15. Iowa Divorce Laws
    16. Kansas Divorce Laws
    17. Kentucky Divorce Laws
    18. Louisiana Divorce Laws
    19. Maine Divorce Laws
    20. Maryland Divorce Laws – See also Maryland Military Divorce 
    21. Massachusetts Divorce Laws
    22. Michigan Divorce Laws
    23. Minnesota Divorce Laws
    24. Mississippi Divorce Laws
    25. Missouri Divorce Laws
    26. Montana Divorce Laws
    27. Nebraska Divorce Laws
    28. Nevada Divorce Laws
    29. New Hampshire Divorce Laws
    30. New Jersey Divorce Laws
    31. New Mexico Divorce Laws
    32. New York Divorce Laws

    1. North Carolina Divorce Laws
    2. North Dakota Divorce Laws
    3. Ohio Divorce Laws
    4. Oklahoma Divorce Laws
    5. Oregon Divorce Laws
    6. Pennsylvania Divorce Laws
    7. Rhode Island Divorce Laws
    8. South Carolina Divorce Laws
    9. South Dakota Divorce Laws
    10. Tennessee Divorce Laws
    11. Texas Divorce Laws

  1. Utah Divorce Laws
  2. Vermont Divorce Laws
  3. Virginia Divorce Laws
  4. Washington Divorce Laws
  5. West Virginia Divorce Laws
  6. Wisconsin Divorce Laws
  7. Wyoming Divorce Laws
  8. District of Columbia Divorce Laws – DC Military Divorce Law
  9. Puerto Rico Divorce Laws

 

Source: Cornell University School of Law, Legal Information Institute