If you are seeking an uncontested divorce in New York, you have found the right law firm. For more than 19 years, the New York divorce lawyers at Rapaport Law Firm have guaranteed the same-day filing of uncontested divorce cases in New York City. We have been featured in New York Magazine's "Ask the Experts" Column, and we are rated "excellent" by AVVO. We are conveniently located in midtown Manhattan, in the Empire State Building. If you and your spouse are in agreement regarding all financial issues, you can use our expedited no-fault divorce service for a fast New York divorce in 3 easy steps.
Step One: Consultation, Pleadings, and Filing
The process begins with your initial consultation at our offices in Manhattan's Empire State Building (34th Street & Fifth Avenue). Typically, we prepare your initial divorce pleadings (Summons with Notice or Summons and Verified Complaint) while you wait. Within 1 business day, we file your summons with the court to begin your case. We are in court every day, so there is no delay.
Step Two: Affidavit of Defendant, Stipulation of Settlement
After your summons has been filed with the court, your spouse may sign the Affidavit of Defendant, in which they acknowledge receiving the pleadings. The Affidavit of Defendant is presented to the Court as proof that the defendant (your spouse) has been served with the pleadings in accordance with New York law. If property is to be divided, or if there are unemancipated children, a Stipulation of Settlement is also executed. If applicable, issues of custody and child support must be addressed.
Step Three: Preparation and Filing of Proposed Decision, Judgment, and Related Divorce Documents:
After the Affidavit of Defendant is signed, the remaining divorce papers are finalized. Some of the divorce papers (such as the Affidavit of Plaintiff) require the plaintiff's signature. We meet with you at our office to review each of the documents (these typically include the Affirmation of Regularity, Affidavit of Plaintiff, Decision, Judgment, and Certificate of Dissolution, among others. After review and signature, the papers are filed with the Matrimonial Clerk of the Supreme Court.
Steps 1 and 2 can be completed in less than 72 hours. After the final papers are submitted to the Matrimonial Clerk, the waiting period varies from case to case, but is typically about 8 weeks. We cannot guarantee that your divorce will be entered by the Court within any particular time period.