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Before you file for a divorce in New York State, you must 1 meet the residency requirement, and 2 have a "ground" for the divorce; a legally acceptable reason for the divorce. Residency and Grounds Before you file for a divorce in New York State, you must 1 meet the residency requirement, and 2 have a "ground" for the divorce; a legally acceptable reason for the divorce.


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This provides basic information about divorce and a general overview of the divorce process in New York. You may also want to read about divorce resources available in your county. Please be aware that some counties may have their own forms and filing instructions.

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If a divorce action is based upon a legal separation agreement, a certified copy of the legal separation agreement must be filed with the divorce petition.

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Once the divorce is granted, the terms of the legal separation agreement will be included in the judgment of divorce. If the original separation agreement is not filed with the county clerk, it may be filed any time prior to the commencement of the divorce action based upon legal separation.

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To do this, one spouse must sue the other spouse for legal separation. The party who does have an attorney may later find the other party relying upon lack of counsel as the basis to invalidate the terms of the agreement.

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Although not required, it is advisable to file the ed legal separation agreement with the county clerk. Accordingly, agreeing to the terms of a legal separation agreement is often no easier than agreeing to the terms of a divorce.

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If a subsequent divorce is commenced and not based upon the grounds of legal separation, the terms of the legal separation agreement may still be included in the judgment of divorce. The second difference is that the action for legal separation can be based upon non-support of the other spouse. In New York, one of the grounds for divorce is having been legally separated for at least one year. Call us at or us to schedule a free consultation.

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Once the legal separation is filed, you should obtain a certified copy of it from the county clerk. The second, and seldom used, way is for a judgment of separation to be granted by the Supreme Court of New York.

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The first, and by far the most common way is for the spouses to enter into a legal separation agreement. There are only two ways to become legally separated in New York. Sometimes married couples, who are living apart, enter into a legal separation agreement for a legal reason, such as to qualify for financial assistance, medical insurance or to become a foster parent.

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In addition, a divorce based upon legal separation will not be possible. When seeking a separation agreement, especially when minor children or financial issues are involved, each party should have an attorney.

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It may only be filed in the county in which a party resides. As with a legal separation agreement, either spouse can commence a divorce action after living apart pursuant to an order of legal separation, and the terms of the order of separation may be included in the judgment of divorce. The party who does not have an attorney may not appreciate the impact of the terms of the agreement until later, when the party lacks the money to seek legal redress.

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They may choose to enter into a legal separation agreement that will set out binding terms regarding children or financial matters. If the original fully executed legal separation agreement is lost prior to filing, it may not be legally enforceable.

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Legal Separation in New York Simply by living apart, regardless of how long, a married couple is not legally separated. Filing the legal separation agreement will prevent anyone from making unauthorized changes and will avoid concern about the loss or destruction of the original legal separation agreement. Legal Separation.

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The first difference is that abandonment can be for a period of less than one year. Since New York now has no-fault divorcecouples no longer need to follow this route for a divorce, if they do not wish to use a fault ground.

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After being legally separated and living apart for at least one year, either party may start a divorce action based upon the ground of being legally separated. The legal separation agreement must address all of the issues in a divorce, such as custody, child support, spousal support, and distribution of assets.

Sometimes a legal separation agreement is entered into because the married couple may not get along, but they aren't ready to divorce.

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Although it is possible for only one of the parties to have an attorney, it is not advisable for either party. Additional cost for other counties. The second and seldom used method of obtaining a legal separation is by obtaining an order of legal separation from the court.

Since this would likely cost as much as suing for divorce, this course of action is not often used. The grounds for starting an action for separation are the same as for a divorce with two differences.

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To be legally binding, the separation agreement must meet certain requirements in form and language, especially when minor children are involved. Simply by living apart, regardless of how long, a married couple is not legally separated. Before New York had no-fault divorce, some married couples would choose this ground for divorce, since all other grounds for divorce ased fault to one of the parties.

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Some married couples, who cannot get along, may wish to remain married but live apart.