Divorce Process in New York City

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Getting a divorce is a challenging process, and before you take any further action, it is important to understand what is in store for you. You can maximize your chances of success by retaining an experienced New York City divorce attorney for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender, who will guide you along the way, helping you make difficult decisions and working to protect your personal interests. Contact our firm, Hindin Deutsch, P.C., for an initial consultation where we will discuss your concerns and begin work on a winning strategy. The key to a successful divorce is exhaustive preparation and with more than 40 years of experience, we know how to get the results you are looking for.

New York City Divorce Roadmap

The first step is to file an action for divorce. If you are initiating the process, you will be named as the plaintiff, while your spouse will be the defendant. You will additionally have to file a complaint, in which you specify whether you are seeking a divorce based on grounds such as adultery or a no-fault divorce, as well as stating your demands for spousal support, child custody, child support and division of assets and debts. The court will issue a restraining order which prevents either spouse from transferring property.

The next stage is known as discovery, where the attorneys representing each party have the opportunity to request financial documents and other information which may be useful in building an argument for trial. Your attorney can use this time to assemble any evidence which may be useful in strengthening your position in the divorce, as well as readying a plan of action for the remainder of the process. We usually seek to negotiate a comprehensive settlement out of court if possible, as this allows you to maintain control over the final outcome, but we prepare every case to be ready for trial. Whether the process is finalized in a settlement or through rulings from the judge, you will end up with a final decree of divorce which states terms you must follow with respect to matters such as custody, visitation and alimony.

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