I married a friend on a dare in Las Vegas 4 years ago. We have never consummated the marriage, shared in any marital responsibilities, or lived as a married couple. We have no shared bills or property. Now I want to end the marriage in the quickest and easiest way possible.
An uncontested divorce with full agreement of the parties is the fastest and least expensive procedure.
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The fastest way to end the marriage is to go back to Vegas. You will, however, need to consider returning to New York for "equitable distribution" which is the mechanism for unwinding the economic partnership of the marriage. Now you described that there has been no economic partnership, sharing of assets, or expenses etc. But your spouse and you still have a claim against each others assets accumulated since the date of the marriage. You only thought that you were living separately. Time to hire a lawyer to go through everything.
Consummation has nothing to do with modern marriages.
The best thing that you can do right now is hire an attorney. You shall need to deal with all of the issues. So long as your friend is still friendly, the process should be painless, however, the amount of time will be significant as the paperwork takes a while to go through the court.
I am an attorney with over a decade of experience in Matrimonial and Family Law with offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I have experience in all five boroughs as well is Nassau and Suffolk County. The opinion expressed in this ad based upon the limited information provided and do not indicate an attorney-client relationship
As long as your spouse likewise wishes to end the marriage swiftly this is easily accomplished by an uncontested divorce. Both sign a property settlement agreement and then someone take the divorce.
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