Staten Island, NY asked in Divorce for New York

Q: do i need a lawyer to file for a divorce

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Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
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  • Syracuse, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You should most definitely consult with an attorney before filing for divorce. The laws require specific recitations to be made in order for agreements to be enforceable and there are time limitations that must be adhered to that a lay person may not otherwise know. You only get one bite of the apple when it comes to settling your matter so get it right the first time. It will cost exponentially more and modifications are much harder to get after you've entered into an agreement. Divorces are very nuanced. You have nothing to lose when it comes to learning about your rights and obligations.

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Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru
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  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: I agree with my collegue. Many, including myself, make the process of divorce cost-effective and a lot less painless. The Court prefers attorneys do the work.

Derrick  Storms
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  • Astoria, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: A lawyer is always recommended, but not always required. For a simple uncontested divorce, where the parties agree to the terms, you may be able to file the paperwork yourself. However, you will need to make sure you file the correct papers. In the event you erroneously file something or leave something out, it can substantially delay the divorce. I always recommend hiring an attorney for a divorce.

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