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The difference between a contested and uncontested divorce

If you are getting a divorce in New York, you definitely want to pursue an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce means that you and your spouse have been able to work through any potential difficulties and between yourselves and your respective attorneys, you've been able to arrive at an out-of-court divorce settlement agreement.

What questions should I ask before filing for divorce?

Often one of the most important elements in life is not about the information we know; it's about our ability to ask the right questions. According to a recent New York times article, the same may be true for divorce. The article details questions posed by divorce experts. These questions, when asked by those considering divorce, could help spouses make their divorce happen smoother, or avoid divorce altogether.

Reasons you may request a divorce in New York

When filing for divorce in New York, it's required that you state the grounds on which you're seeking to dissolve your marriage. You cannot mark down just any reason, but instead must choose one among seven different legally acceptable options that are allowable under Domestic Relations Law (DRL) ยง170.

Spring and summer are the prime seasons for divorce, studies show

A recent study presented by the American Sociological Association (ASA) suggests that spring and summer months are the prime time for filing for divorce. More specifically, March to April is when attorneys are more apt to have clients come to them and request their help in filing a divorce than any other time for the year.

How does divorce impact health insurance if I file for divorce?

Spouses contemplating divorce in New York must consider the effect dissolving a marriageinsurance has on health insurance. Most individuals rely on employee-based health insurance.  If one spouse provides employer-based coverage to the other spouse, however, the non-employee spouse's coverage stops when the court grants a divorce judgment. Coverage remains intact during the pendency of any divorce action as the spouse with health insurance cannot discontinue coverage due to the automatic restraining orders that go into effect upon commencement of the divorce action.  Please see my last e-mail newsletter for more information regarding automatic restraining orders.

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