Are you considering filing for a divorce in New York? If so, there will be several important issues which you will have to consider and resolve. At H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C., we understand how difficult these situations can be and so are dedicated to doing everything in our power to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. By being well-informed regarding the divorce process, you will be better able to make the best decisions for you. By law, divorce is simply the legal ending of a marriage. These cases can only be heard in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, as Family Court is only able to help in cases like child support, spousal support, and child visitation.
It is also important to realize that you may be able to qualify for an annulment. This is different from a divorce in that it states that the marriage was never legally valid, meaning it never really took place. There are strict guidelines in place that determine whether or not a couple could file for an annulment. These include bigamy, the inability to have sexual relations, or if the spouse becomes insane after five years of marriage.
If an annulment is not an option and you wish to pursue a divorce, the first step will be to buy an index number. This is done at the clerk's office of the county in which you reside and then you will file a summons with notice. At this time or even earlier, it is important to meet with a lawyer regarding the details of your case. Not only can divorce cases be complex, but there could be a lot to lose. By having a strong legal advocate on your side, you will be able to have peace of mind regarding your best interests. Please, contact an NYC divorce attorney from our firm to learn more!