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The New York legislature recently passed a no-fault divorce law that provides married couples an option to seek an uncontested divorce. Under the new law, either party may sue his or her partner for divorce, without meeting a requirement for providing grounds. However, New York law still has provisions for contested divorce, in which one party sues on grounds.
At the law office of Paul B. Groman, Attorney at Law, we recognize that divorce may often be best for all parties involved, but it is still an emotional and uncertain time. A home is broken and all parties can be profoundly affected. Even in cases involving uncontested or no-fault divorce, neither party truly wins. We will be by your side, guiding you through the process to ensure that you are empowered with the knowledge you need when making tough decisions during the settlement negotiations, mediation process or trial.
Whether you are filing for a divorce under the new no-fault structure or are suing (or being sued) on legal grounds for the dissolution of your marriage, we will advise you on the benefits of approaching your final settlement using skillful and cost-effective negotiations, mediation and other methods of alternative dispute resolution.
From the moment you meet with attorney Paul Groman, you will know that we take a unique, compassionate approach to handling divorce cases. We have been advising individuals and families for more than 15 years. We know what questions to ask to really get to the heart of your concerns for your family and your future. We have the experience and comprehensive knowledge to explain your divorce options and advocate for your rights.
Benefits of Uncontested Divorce
An uncontested divorce is one in which the husband and wife agree on all of the issues related to their divorce and sign a settlement agreement, which is submitted to the court. The court then enters a divorce decree (judgment of divorce) based upon the parties’ agreement. Uncontested divorce is often favored by divorcing couples for many reasons:
- More efficient: Many times spouses already agree on decisions in an uncontested divorce, making the process quicker to conclude. In addition, it is often more efficient to resolve contested issues through negotiation or divorce mediation than to wait for a trial date.
- Less expensive: By working together to negotiate property settlement agreements and child custody agreements, spouses can avoid expensive litigation costs and the prolonged need for an attorney.
- More control: Divorcing spouses are capable of maintaining control in the important decisions that will impact the rest of their lives and the lives of their children.
- Emotionally easier: By avoiding bitter disputes, spouses are able to avoid further emotional trauma (especially to the children) and promote healthier relationships for the future (which is essential when raising children).
- The attorneys handle everything: Parties never have to set foot in a courtroom.
When Is a Collaborative Divorce Process Appropriate?
Divorce mediation is an appropriate option for people who agree (or who can commit to negotiating an agreement) on all issues in the divorce, including property division, child custody, visitation, alimony/spousal support and other matters. Attorney Paul Groman assists these clients in drafting divorce settlement agreements and obtaining court approval of the agreement. Parties will still require separate legal counsel to review the draft stipulation or settlement.
However, even when all issues are not decided, the collaborative process may still be a favorable method for resolution. As an experienced divorce lawyer, Mr. Groman has in-depth understanding and insight into the collaborative divorce process through mediation, arbitration and skillful negotiations. He is a knowledgeable professional who can guide clients through the settlement process. Spouses are able to come together in a neutral, open environment and work through issues and decisions for the future. Once an agreement is reached, our firm assists in preparing the documentation for the divorce settlement.
Experienced New York City Divorce Mediation Attorney
The law firm of Paul B. Groman, Attorney at Law, is a community-based law office. Located in downtown Brooklyn, our firm is 10 minutes from Manhattan and convenient to almost every local subway line.Contact us to arrange an initial consultation with an experienced Brooklyn attorney.