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Is true that a divorces are taking a year to be finalized? Can I fill for an emergency divorce when he was the plaintiff?

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Filed under: Divorce

Description: I married in June of 2012 and decided to separate weeks later. Since we stayed married for few weeks and annulment would be hard on me and i was devastated, we decided to wait for 6 months and fill for an uncontested divorce. My ex husband hired a attorney from his job. In Jan we were ready to go and the attorney took until last week, March 18th, to put all the papers together and send to us the petition to be signed. Forgetting that she misspelled my name and my address twice,slowing even more the process. Doing some research, i found out that the court that he has to fill, KINGS Court, Brooklyn-NY, is very busy and slow, taking sometimes a year to finalize a divorce. I wanna be free of him and go back to my country but before I wanna make sure that everything was sorted out before i leave. My questions are:? Thanks, Mariana.

No kids and we share no properties together.

Attorney Answers 5


  1. Divorce do take a while, however the more you have agreed upon and completed properly the faster they will go take care.

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  2. In some cases, yes. But usually it's considerably faster.

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  3. Yes, unfortunately the divorce process in New York moves slower than most states. The process used to move even slower before "irretrievable breakdown" divorces were allowed by the State.


  4. Your real question seems to be: from when everything is submitted to the Court (including the settlement & proposed judgment), how long will it take for the Judge to sign off on everything? The difference between Brooklyn & Westchester is not substantial: in Brooklyn, it averages 4-5 months, and in Westchester its an average of 3 months.

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  5. I would just add that you can speed up your divorce by filing an application for preference if you meet the court's criteria. Otherwise you can withdraw and refile. However, give how much time it took your lawyer to get your papers done, you might want to consult a lawyer in your area to insure that the papers get done more quickly.

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