How to File for Divorce in Brooklyn
Our Attorneys Can Help You Initiate the Proceedings
Many New Yorkers live in quiet desperation. Feeling trapped in failed marriages,
they sense the joy of life subsiding more with each passing day. At Coffinas
& Lusthaus, P.C., our
Brooklyn divorce attorneys frequently meet clients who suffered in silence for years only to have
their spouse serve them with divorce papers. Their immediate reaction
is “Why did I wait? Why did I sacrifice my happiness?” Now,
in addition to all the time they've lost hoping against hope, they
find themselves on the defensive. If you've contemplated divorce,
you owe it to yourself to consult with an experienced attorney who can
answer any questions you have and help you initiate your divorce process.
Divorce Lawyers Easing You Through the Legal Process
For more than 15 years, Coffinas & Lusthaus, P.C. has helped clients
in Brooklyn file for divorce. To file for divorce in New York state, you
must be legally married and meet one of the following residency requirements
under New York Domestic Relations Law § 230:
- You and your spouse were married in New York and one of you has been a
resident of the state for at least one year prior to filing.
- While living in New York as husband and wife, either you or your spouse
resided in the state for at least one year before filing.
- The reason for the divorce occurred in New York State, and you or your
spouse resided in the state for a continuous period of one year before filing.
- You and your spouse are residents of New York at the time of filing, and
the cause for the divorce occurred in New York.
- You or your spouse has lived in New York for two years before filing.
If you meet the criteria, you may file for divorce in the court of a county
where either you or your spouse resides. After you file, you must have
someone serve your spouse with the divorce papers. At that point, your
case is underway.
What are the grounds for divorce in New York?
Whether you're going through a contested or uncontested divorce, you
must cite the specific reason for your marital dissolution. Prior to 2010,
petitioners had to allege fault, citing New York Domestic Relations Law
- Cruel and inhumane treatment
- Abandonment for a continuous period of a year or more
- Imprisonment of your spouse for more than three years subsequent to your marriage
- Living separately and apart pursuant to a separation agreement for more
than one year
Today, you may file on the grounds that your marriage has irretrievably
broken down over a period of at least six months.
How are property, asset, custody, & support issues handled?
When you file your petition for divorce, you ask the court to grant certain
rights to real property, financial assets, debts, child custody, child
support, and spousal support (alimony). New York State follows an equitable
distribution process for the division of marital property. Your attorney
must make the case that your request for property is fair.
Get dedicated legal guidance through the entire divorce process!
Coffinas & Lusthaus, P.C. provides effective legal counsel for clients
filing for divorce in Brooklyn. We endeavor to take much of the stress
out of the process and move you quickly toward a favorable resolution.
Our Brooklyn divorce purposefully limit our caseload so that we can provide
high-quality personalized advocacy.
If you're considering divorce,
call today at (718) 717-1005!