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To Keep Divorce Costs Under Control Understand What is Possible

Divorce can be expensive, although it need not be. New York's divorce laws have been in place for decades. Thus, most cases should be easily resolved based on the law, notwithstanding the tension between the divorcing couple. Why then is divorce so expensive? In many instances it is a spouse's emotions, the need to be right or to "get even", that drives up the costs.  Interestingly, however, neither emotion, nor the need to be right or "get even" have any impact on the legal outcome.  No matter which aspect of dissolving a marriage we are speaking about, absent exceptional circumstances, the emotional issues can complicate and lengthen the process, but they are tangential to the legal rules which apply to divorces. The following overview explains why.

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