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The day you exchanged vows with your spouse, you never assumed you’d one day decide you no longer want to be married to him or her. You very likely made the decision to get married because you were in love, you envisioned a future with someone, and you wanted to spend the rest of your life with this person. Unfortunately, not every marriage lasts forever. There are times when people in queens decide their marriage is not going to work, and they make the decision to end their marriage through a process called divorce.
What is a divorce?
Divorce is not ideal, but it’s commonly done in Queens. It is the act of ending your marriage because you no longer want to be involved in a relationship with your spouse. You can divorce your spouse for any reason, but you should know your reason must fall into a specific category as outlined by New York laws. You can divorce him because he’s mean, because you grew throughout the years and he did not, or because you realized he simply wasn’t the person you thought.
– Financial stress
– Parental stress
– Work stress
These are some of the most common reasons people decide they don’t want to stay married to their spouse anymore. Some couples are able to work through their issues and make their marriages stronger than they were before, and others can’t seem to work through things once it’s gone too far. New York laws allow you to get divorced under certain circumstances, and any of the above reasons can be placed easily into one of the following categories.
– Imprisonment of three years or more
– Separation of more than one year
– Abandonment of more than one year
– Irreconcilable differences
– Cruel and inhuman treatment
The most common citation when divorce papers are filed is irreconcilable differences. If you do plan on filing with this reason in mind, you must be able to prove that you spent at least six months trying and failing to work through your differences.
Why should I hire an attorney to help me in this process?
The reason to hire an attorney is simple. You are going through a difficult time in your life, and you want someone who is familiar with the law and how it works on your side. The process of getting divorced can be as easy or as complicated as you make it, and an attorney can ease some of the complication. When you hire an attorney, you stand a better shot at getting what you want and handling things by the book.
If your spouse decides he or she wants to contest the terms of the divorce decree, it can cause the divorce process to go on much longer than it needs to. An attorney can help make the process go by a little faster by working to prove any inconsistencies in your spouse’s financials, proving any abuse or mistreatment, or even getting mediation to work more effectively.
The wording in your divorce agreement is also important, and an attorney can ensure it’s not being presented to you in a way that makes you feel you’re getting what you want when you’re not. An attorney can help you fight for what you want just as easily as he or she can help protect you from your spouse and/or his or her attorney. This is a process that can sometimes become very ugly, and an attorney can help alleviate some of that stress.