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Divorce Representation for Clients Throughout New York City

Divorce is commonly a challenging process. It can often be turbulent, highly stressful, and painful. At Law Offices of Andreas Vasilatos, we understand that divorce is an emotionally taxing and complex process. 

Our team of seasoned divorce attorneys is committed to providing compassionate, personalized legal support tailored to your needs and circumstances. We strive to alleviate your stress by guiding you through every step of the process while we pursue optimum results. 

Consult with a Queens, New York divorce lawyer about your case by calling (855) 773-1166 to make an appointment. You can also submit our online contact form to get started. 

Understanding Your Options

  • Uncontested
    An uncontested divorce is a type of divorce where both spouses agree on all major issues such as property division, child custody, and spousal support. This agreement allows for a smoother, quicker, and less expensive process compared to a contested divorce, where disagreements require court intervention.
  • Mediation
    Mediation is a voluntary process in which a neutral third party, known as a mediator, helps divorcing spouses negotiate and reach mutually acceptable agreements on various aspects of their divorce. This process encourages cooperation and communication, often leading to more satisfactory and amicable resolutions without the need for a court trial.
  • Litigation
    Litigation in the context of divorce refers to the process of taking legal action and resolving disputes through the court system. When spouses cannot agree on critical issues, a judge will make decisions on their behalf. Litigation may be necessary when parties are unable to reach an agreement through other means. Reach out to Law Offices of Andreas Vasilatos for more information.

Grounds for Divorce in New York

The term “grounds for divorce” means a legal basis exists on which a court can grant a divorce. In years past, most states, including New York, granted divorce only on fault-based grounds, such as cruelty, adultery, or abandonment. The spouse who wanted the divorce needed to prove fault on the other spouse’s part to secure a divorce.

The rationale behind requiring proof of fault for divorce was to prevent spouses from divorcing in situations where the marriage might otherwise be saved. However, in many marriages, divorce is best for all involved without meeting the grounds for fault. 

For that reason, New York and other states established “no-fault” grounds for divorce. As of 2010, New York couples can get a divorce based on an “irretrievable breakdown” of the marriage without showing that either spouse is at fault for that breakdown.

All states now permit no-fault divorce, but many, like New York, also maintain fault-based grounds for divorce.

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Filing for Divorce in New York on Fault-Based or No-Fault Grounds

If you are eligible for divorce on both no-fault and fault-based grounds, the decision of how to file is strategic. Our seasoned New York City divorce attorneys can help you understand your best option based on the law and how it applies to your unique circumstances.

In some states, one party’s fault directly affects specific divorce outcomes, such as property division. For instance, an at-fault spouse may be awarded fewer marital assets. That is not the case in New York. 

However, fault on the part of one spouse may indirectly affect the outcome of a divorce. If an unfaithful spouse is proven to have spent marital assets on an affair, their share of marital assets may be reduced. If a spouse is proven to have been abusive, that will typically reflect unfavorably on them if they seek custody of their child.

Filing for divorce on fault grounds can also provide leverage in settlement negotiations. A spouse accused of bad behavior may be more willing to settle to avoid a trial in which their alleged misdeeds become public. Your attorney can help you weigh the relative advantages and disadvantages of a fault-based divorce filing.

Separation Periods Before a Divorce

In New York, couples seeking a no-fault divorce must demonstrate that their marriage has broken down irretrievably for at least six months before filing. However, no mandatory separation period is required if you seek a divorce on fault grounds. 

For those entering a Separation Agreement as a precursor to divorce, living apart for at least one year following the agreement can also serve as grounds for a no-fault divorce. Our team can help you understand these timelines and requirements for a timely and legally sound filing.

We're Passionate About Winning Hear From Our Happy Clients

At Law Offices of Andreas Vasilatos, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    "Couldn't Ask For More"
    One of the best law offices I’ve used. Andreas truly took the time to listen to my story and made me feel like I was in the best hands. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to represent me. Won my custody case and would highly recommend him.
    - Megan R.
    "Absolute Professionals"
    Andreas and his associates are absolute professionals. He helped us navigate our way through a tough time and never once wavered. I highly recommend the Law offices of Andres Vasilatos to anyone in need!
    - Benjamin J.
    "Perseverance in Being Victorious"
    Andrew’s deep understanding of the law and attention to details of fact, led to my ex-wife receiving only a fraction of the alimony/maintenance she was entitled to.
    - John S.
    "Highly Recommend"
    Meeting with Andreas made all the issues very simple to understand. He made me very calm, clear, and secure. My partner was worried that I took these steps first. Andreas communicated well with her and we were all on the same page easily.
    - John
    "Went Above and Beyond"
    Andreas made a very confusing, intimidating process make sense every step of the way. He gave 110% and always took the time to explain and be sure I understood the process.
    - Anthony
    "You're in Good hands"
    Andreas was hired to represent our son in a civil suit. First and most importantly... everything turned out great! Andreas was professional, understanding and hard-working. You will be in good hands with Andreas.
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    Mr. Vasilatos made my divorce proceedings painless and almost enjoyable, lol. He is a great attorney and a nice guy too.
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The Divorce Filing Process

Initiating a divorce in New York involves the following steps:

  • Filing the divorce petition: One spouse, the plaintiff, files a Summons and Complaint for divorce with the court.
  • Serving divorce papers: The other spouse, the defendant, is served with the divorce papers.
  • Responding to the petition: The defendant must respond to the summons within a specified period, typically 20 days. If the defendant does not respond within the specified period, the divorce can proceed into default. This may result in the court granting a divorce based on the terms requested by the plaintiff, typically leading to an uncontested divorce process.
  • Negotiating settlement terms: If the defendant responds, the parties negotiate terms regarding child custody and support, alimony, and division of assets. Mediation or court appearances may be necessary if an agreement cannot be reached.
  • Court review: Once an agreement is reached, or if the case is contested, the court reviews and finalizes the terms, issuing a Judgment of Divorce.

Strategic Advocacy for New York Divorce Matters

Most divorce cases, even contested ones, settle before a trial becomes necessary. Therefore, many attorneys focusing exclusively on family law and divorce have little trial experience. Our attorneys have extensive experience in family law and litigation, which enables us to negotiate and litigate effectively. 

Some divorce attorneys advertise their aggressiveness, but this stance can generate hostility and reduce the likelihood of reaching a favorable settlement. That tactic can lead to more battles, stress, and higher legal fees. 

Other attorneys emphasize settlement but lack the courtroom skills to fight for you if settlement efforts fail. We read the room and meet the moment, consistently applying the strategy calculated to do what is best for you.

Request a confidential case evaluation with a Queens, New Yorkdivorce lawyer by contacting us at (855) 773-1166

  • Compassionate Advocacy
    We provide empathetic support throughout your family law journey, ensuring you feel understood and supported.
  • Tailored Legal Strategies
    We craft personalized legal approaches that align with your unique needs and goals, maximizing outcomes through negotiation or litigation.
  • Extensive Experience and Expertise
    Specializing solely in family law, our attorneys offer deep expertise and up-to-date knowledge, delivering meticulous preparation and dedicated advocacy.
  • Client-Centered Approach
    We prioritize personalized service and accessibility, ensuring you're informed and confident in our strategic representation.

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