Bronx Uncontested Divorce Attorney

When you work with my firm, you can be confident that your case is in good hands. I have been serving the Bronx area since 1989 and I am proud to have an in-depth and up-to-date understanding of the various New York and federal laws governing family law matters and divorce. If you are considering filing a petition for a family law concern, do not hesitate to retain me as your uncontested divorce lawyer in New York.

NY Uncontested Divorce Lawyer

A Faster and More Affordable Approach to Divorce in New York

At my firm, the Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend, I assist those who are seeking a more affordable form of divorce.

Benefits of an uncontested divorce:

  • Cheaper
  • Faster
  • No Trial
  • Resolved quickly
  • Less stress on the parties involved

This form of divorce, commonly referred to as "no-court divorce," is open to those married couples who can come to an agreement without the need for the intervention of the court in all of the important issues including:

I have 30 years of experience in family law and divorce. With countless difficult cases behind me, and a deep understanding of how the court views a divorce agreement submitted in an uncontested divorce, I can help you move ahead with your new life more quickly, with your divorce resolved.


Contact our offices to speak with a Bronx uncontested divorce lawyer for more information.


Uncontested Divorce in the Bronx

I provide personalized service to each person I represent, and I take the time to get to actually get to know those I serve. A divorce is a very important legal matter, and your life going forward will often be significantly changed. Your finances, your access to your children and the marital assets are all points that must be resolved equitably.

Reasons for Uncontested Divorce in New York

  • Many people who plan to divorce do not want to get involved in a court battle, and choose to work on getting a settlement or agreement in place so that the divorce moves through the system quickly and efficiently.
  • Some couples are not in contention, and have no real need to bring a case to trial for resolution.
  • An uncontested divorce is an opportunity to reach a better resolution, and the agreement reached is generally more likely to be adhered to as time passes, as both parties are involved in reaching an agreement, rather than having a decision imposed by the court.

I have an impeccable reputation for my legal work, and you can be confident that your case will be handled with professionalism, legal skill and a determination to bring the marriage to a legal end with the least amount of trouble and stress. There are many matters that must be resolved correctly, and you have rights that should be protected, even when you are seeking a resolution through an uncontested divorce. There is no need to sacrifice any assets or property unnecessarily, or lose any of your parental rights, and I would be happy to discuss your divorce, and how to get it into motion, and moving toward resolution.

Conditions for Uncontested Divorce in New York

Uncontested divorce is when both spouses have reached an agreement in ending their marriage. 

To begin, the spouses must:

  • Agree on the grounds of divorce
  • Settle all of the issues involved in their case such as alimony, child custody, division of property, and more
  • Satifsy the residency requirements for divorce:
    • You or your spouse have lived in NY for at least 2 continuous years before filing for divorce
    • You or your spouse has lived in NY for at least one continuous year before filing for divorce and you got married in NY, lived in the state as a married couple, or the grounds of divorce happened in NY.

Difference Between a Contested and Uncontested Divorce

Contested Divorce

  • More expensive than uncontested divorce
  • Both spouses are unable to come to an agreement regarding grounds for divorce 
  • Both spouses cannot agree on the terms and conditions of the divorce such as child support, spousal support, property division, and more
  • Speaking with an experienced divorce attorney is recommended

Uncontested Divorce

  • Less expensive and quicker than contested divorce
  • Both spouses can agree to the grounds of divorce
  • Both spouses agree on the terms and conditions of the divorce
  • Allows for both parties to choose the method by which their divorce is completed -- via mediation, arbitration, collaborative divorce
  • Working with a divorce attorney is not necessary, but it is an option

How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce Take?

In New York, the length of time it takes to complete an uncontested divorce may depend on your unique situation, however, on average, it takes about 3 months. Some divorce cases are resolved quickly, as little as 6 weeks or as long as 6 months.

What if my Spouse Fails to Sign the Divorce Papers?

If your spouse doesn’t sign the divorce papers they are served with, then this is considered a lack of response. The family court will take this as a “default” and the divorce can still go through.

Contact my firm for information about an uncontested divorce in New York and get a initial consultation.


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When you’re ready to take the next step, our experienced legal team is right here to help. Find out what it’s like to work with us in an initial consultation. We will discuss your case, taking care to explain your options and legal rights. To schedule a consultation, contact The Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend by submitting a case evaluation form or calling us directly. I look forward to providing you with outstanding representation, trusted advocacy, and experienced counsel.

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