Expedited Divorce in New York: Do You Qualify?
It may be cliché, but the best things in life are worth waiting for, including divorce. But, what if you can’t wait? New York State grants quickie divorces on a case by case basis for those who meet certain criteria. How can you tell if you qualify for an expedited divorce?
After all papers have been filed correctly, a typical divorce case can take anywhere between 4 to 6 months to be granted by a Judge. Successfully speeding up your divorce isn’t common, and it’s an especially hard thing to accomplish. In order to have an expedited divorce, you need to meet one of these qualifiers:
- Military: You have recently enlisted in the military and facing deployment.
- Immigration: You applied for a Visa before your divorce started, and you need a Judgment of Divorce in order to stay in the country.
- Pregnancy: You are expecting a baby, and your husband is not the biological father.
- Marriage: You want to get remarried, but your original papers have been delayed or denied.
- Purchasing Property: You’re separated from your spouse and you want to buy property as a single (unmarried) person.
In order to receive an expedited divorce, your attorney must file a motion with the court and request that your case become a priority. As with any divorce or family law matter, expedited divorces are extremely fact specific. This means that the little details matter, and you must be thorough in your motion.
Before filing a motion, your attorney will go over the facts of your case with you. Together you will pick a qualifier, and afterwards, you must compile documents that support the reason why you should be granted an expedited divorce. For instance, if you are planning on getting remarried, you will need to provide receipts for the venue, caterers, etc. These documents will be included in the motion your attorney drafts.
It’s important to remember that not every request is granted, and it is likely that you will not be able to expedite your divorce. If this happens, your case will go into the queue with the tens of thousands of other divorces filed in New York City each year. You will have to wait 4 to 6 months to receive a Judgment of Divorce.
Divorce scams are a dime a dozen, with many promising a fast divorce in as
little as 2 weeks. As the age old saying goes, “if it sounds good too good to be true, then it probably is.” And in the world of divorce, cheap quickie divorce centers are definitely too good to be true.
New York State has very specific guidelines in place that dictate the timeline for divorce. Because of this, it is impossible to get a signed Judgment of Divorce in such a short amount of time. Divorce is a difficult experience, and scammers will use your vulnerability to their advantage. Remember to stay alert and remain cautious of divorce centers.
The best way to ensure a fair shot at receiving an expedited divorce is to hire an experienced law firm. The team at Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. has successfully fought for our client’s right to a speedy divorce, and we can do the same for you.
For more information on expedited divorce in New York, or to schedule your free consultation, call us at 718-875-7584 today!