Divorce & Family Law Counsel
Divorce Law in Long Island, New York
Proven Divorce Attorney Serving Nassau County & Suffolk County
Divorce is one of the most difficult situations a couple or family can face, which is why it's important to retain experienced legal counsel. At The Meyers Law Group, P.C. our Long Island divorce lawyers are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their divorce goals as fast and smoothly as possible.
We tirelessly protect the rights and interests of our clients in all types of divorce proceedings, the most common of which are:
No matter the specific factors involved in your situation, you can be confident that our firm will provide you with the attentive counsel and aggressive advocacy you need and deserve. Contact The Meyers Law Group, P.C. for dedicated representation during your divorce.
What are the grounds for divorce in New York?
New York currently recognizes seven valid grounds for seeking divorce.
- The defendant treated the plaintiff in a cruel and inhumane manner. This refers to conduct that endangers the plaintiff's mental or physical health in such a way that it is unsafe or improper for the plaintiff to continue living with the defendant.
- The plaintiff was abandoned by the defendant for at least one year.
- The defendant was imprisoned for three or more consecutive years after the marriage began.
- The defendant committed an act of adultery that involved a sexual relationship.
- The couple lived separately for one or more years as pursuant to a court decree or judgment, and the plaintiff can prove that he or she followed and fulfilled all terms and conditions of the decree or judgment.
- The couple has lived separately and apart for a year or longer as pursuant to a written agreement of legal separation, and the plaintiff can prove that he or she followed or fulfilled all conditions and terms of the separation agreement.
- The couple's relationship has been broken irretrievably for six months or longer.
What is needed to file for divorce?
In the state of New York, an individual who wishes to dissolve their union must meet at least one of the grounds mentioned above and they must also fall under one of these categories:
- The couple was married in New York and either party has continuously resided in the state for a minimum of one year before filing.
- The couple has resided in the state while married for a minimum of one continuous year before filing.
- The cause of the divorce occurred in New York and either spouse has been a resident for a minimum of one continuous year before the commencement of the action.
- Either spouse was a New York resident for a minimum of two continuous years immediately prior to filing for divorce.
What is no-fault divorce?
In 2010, New York became the last U.S. state to enact legislation for divorce on a "no-fault" basis. No-fault divorce means that a spouse looking to end their marriage does not have to prove that the other spouse caused the breakdown of their relationship. Previously, filers had to prove, based on one of the first six grounds for divorce, that their spouses were at fault in the divorce. This change to the law enables couples to end their marriages amicably and more easily, and helps them avoid courtroom battles.
To file for no-fault divorce, a couple must meet the following requirements:
- Under oath, one spouse must swear that the couple's relationship was broken irretrievably for a minimum of six months before filing.
- The couple has already resolved the legal implications of their divorce, such as property distribution, child custody and support, alimony, and legal fees. Or, these issues must have been already ruled upon by the court and the orders are already incorporated into the final divorce judgment.
Need a lawyer for divorce in Long Island, NY?
The Meyers Law Group, P.C. is dedicated to providing clients in Long Island with the caring and knowledgeable legal counsel needed to effectively handle all types of divorce proceedings. We have represented hundreds of clients in the New York divorce courts and we can ensure your rights and best interests are protected. Divorce will impact your day-to-day life, your family members, and your finances, so don't face this process alone.
You deserve to be represented by an experienced attorney who is committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for your case. Call us at (631) 784-7722 today to learn more about your legal options and our beneficial services!