Your divorce will be contested if either you or your spouse do not want to get a divorce, disagree about the grounds (legal reason) for the divorce, or disagree about what will happen with your children, your property or your finances after the divorce. Because the judge will require detailed information in order to decide the outcomes on the issues you disagree about, your contested divorce will require you and your spouse to go to Supreme Court a number of times. Click here for the Uncontested Divorce resource page.
Your divorce will be uncontested if you and your spouse both want to get a divorce and you both agree about the grounds (legal reason) for the divorce. You must also agree about what will happen with your children, your property and your finances after the divorce.
General Uncontested Divorce Resources
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Offers a legal advice hotline for families in NY and can address questions related to the court system and family law. Offers assistance and information about navigating the court system–no legal representation. They can offer basic information about how the system works (particularly the family court system).
Serving all of NYC
City Bar Justice Center Legal Hotline (212-626-7383) Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 1:00PM and 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Eligibility: Must meet income guidelines
Offers a legal advice hotline, as well as a referral services for low-income residents. No representation offered. Specializes in matrimonial and family law, housing law, domestic violence, immigration, bankruptcy, and debt collection and benefits.
Court Square Law Project (718-340 – 4412) Monday – Friday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Court Square Law Project provides high quality legal services for people who may believe they can’t afford a lawyer. They offer sliding scale fees based on your income to ensure you have access to quality legal representation. Check out their sliding scale HERE. If you are interested in finding help in and outside of court, they can help find solutions for:
- Uncontested Divorces
- Contested Divorces
- Enforcement Proceedings
- Separation Agreements
- Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements
- Child Support Modification & Custody/Visitation
Legal Referral Service – New York City Bar Association (212-626-67373) 42 W 44th St.
Eligibility: Must live in one of NYC’s 5 boroughs.
- Request a New York City Bar Legal Referral Service (LRS) Lawyer: Our primary service takes the worry out of finding the right lawyer. We connect you with an experienced lawyer who understands your legal situation (including contested and uncontested divorces) and provides a high level of professional customer service. We screen all of our LRS lawyers for legal knowledge, experience, and ethics.
- Monday Night Law Call 917-809-7663 (Español 212-626-7374) to discuss your legal issue with an Attorney Referral Counselor at the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service. Tell us what’s going on. If we determine your legal issue is appropriate for the program we will make an appointment for you to meet with a volunteer lawyer at the next available Monday Night Law session. Monday Night Law provides free 30-minute consultations with volunteer lawyers in the following areas only: bankruptcy, consumer law, family law (contested and uncontested divorces), employment law, landlord-tenant, and small business matters. The consultation is a chance for you to discuss questions you may have about your legal issue.
New Start Project (646-619-1272) 33 West 19th Street #324
New York, NY 10011
The New Start Project prepares paperwork for Uncontested Divorces as well as Separation Agreements. They also assist with the preparation of limited Contested Divorce Paperwork such as Notice of Appearances and Answers. Their fees are based on a sliding scale ranging from $100 to $500 for the entire service from start to finish. No client will be turned away for inability to pay. The staff is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. They do not provide representation and will not be your attorney of record. Services are low cost and include assistance with the following:
- Uncontested divorces (with or without children)
- Separation Agreements
- Stipulations of Settlement
- Child Support Stipulations
- Notice of Appearance and Demand for Complaint
- Answer to a summons for divorce
- Child support worksheet
- Child support petitions and/or modifications
- Correction of faulty paperwork in existing divorce actions
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) Matrimonial & Family Law Unit (FLU) (212-613-5000) Tues 9:00AM – 3:00PM Call and press zero (“o”) for the operator. Ask to leave a message for the Family Law Unit. After they connect you, say your name, phone number and leave a BRIEF message. Someone will listen to it at the end of the day and call you back for an intake on the phone.
Eligibility: NYLAG provides consultation to low income callers. NYLAG accepts matters on a case-by-case basis using many factors, including financial status. Representation is decided case-by-case through consultation, but anyone can call for advice. You must live in one of NYC’s 5 boroughs. This program does not serve prisoners or community groups.
NYLAG’s Matrimonial & Family Law Unit (FLU) gives a voice to low-income clients caught defenseless in a complex legal system that does not guarantee representation in family law matters. FLU’s experienced and culturally sensitive attorneys represent clients holistically to address their many intertwined legal needs. They speak English, Spanish and can arrange for interpreters for any language. *NYLAG provides paperwork assistance in Spanish*
Victims of domestic violence receive priority, and FLU is a recognized expert in these cases. Civil legal services are of critical importance to battered women. For example, a civil protection order is one of the few widely available interventions that has demonstrated effectiveness in combating domestic violence. Equally important, obtaining support and equitable distribution of marital assets in a divorce enables battered women to sustain financial independence and – most importantly – safety. FLU attorneys have successfully worked on the city and state level, including appellate representation, for legislative and policy changes that benefit all domestic violence victims.
Services include: Contested and Uncontested Divorce; Child/Spousal Support; Custody/Visitation; Orders of Protection; Paternity and Child Protection.
*Legal Aid Society: Staten Island Office (347-422-5333) or walk in to the office at 120-46 Queens Blvd., 3rd floor, for an immediate interview with a case handler.
Eligibility: Live in Richmond (Staten Island) County. Be at or below 125 of the federal poverty level. There are no income eligibility requirements for seniors. Clients with incomes at or below 200% of the poverty level may be represented if they fall within certain exceptions.
The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization, the oldest and largest in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers. It is dedicated to one simple but powerful belief: that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty. They provide full legal representation and brief advice. This office provides assistance with the following legal matters – landlord-tenant cases; rent subsidy terminations; public assistance/food stamps issues; social security disability denials; contested and uncontested divorces; other family law matters for victims of domestic violence. They speak English, Russian / Pусский, Spanish / Español and can arrange for interpreters for all languages.
- Incase of an emergency (imminent eviction or no food) Someone from the office will see the client within 24 hours regardless of when they contact the office.
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