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Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

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The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

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How Long Does a Divorce Take in New York

By Spodek Law Group | July 17, 2023
(Last Updated On: August 1, 2023)

Last Updated on: 1st August 2023, 12:41 am

Ending a marriage is emotionally and logistically complex under the best of circumstances. When you add in legal complexities unique to New York, it can feel utterly overwhelming.

But knowledge is power, so let’s shed some light. Here’s a thorough guide to navigating New York divorce, including realistic timelines, where to find qualified lawyers, and how to ensure you choose the right counsel.

How Long Does an Uncontested New York Divorce Take?

If both spouses agree on all issues like asset division, alimony, and child custody, a divorce is considered “uncontested.” This allows for streamlined proceedings since no disputes require litigation.

Under New York law, the fastest an uncontested divorce can finalize is roughly 90 days after filing. This timeline requires prompt completion of several steps:

Filing the initial divorce petition and serving it on your spouse
Waiting out the mandatory waiting period
Filing the divorce judgment package
Appearing in court to convert the divorce to absolute

Realistically, most straightforward uncontested divorces in New York take 4-6 months from start to finish. Allow 9-12 months for moderately complex cases involving some disputes over paperwork specifics.

How Long Do Contested Divorces Take in New York?

When spouses clash over property division, child custody, alimony, or other divorce details, settlement gets bogged down in conflict. Negotiations stall. And disputed issues must get resolved through litigation before the divorce finalizes.

This naturally extends the timeline. Simple contested cases often take around a year. Highly complex litigation with custody evaluations, business valuations, and more can drag out to 2+ years.

But an experienced New York divorce attorney can streamline contested matters through strategic negotiation and motion practice. Don’t endure a lengthy battle if settlement remains possible.

How to Find Qualified New York Divorce Lawyers

Okay, so where should you look when seeking competent New York divorce counsel? Top options include:

State Bar Association Referrals – Many local/county bar groups run attorney referral services vetting experience.
AVVO Directory Search – This national directory compiles lawyer profiles including credentials and peer reviews.
Friends/Family Referrals – Check with your personal/professional network for attorneys they successfully worked with.
Online Research – Law firm websites often post case results, areas of expertise, client reviews, and other useful information.
Free Consultations – Many divorce lawyers offer free initial consults, allowing you to feel out options.

Cast a wide net before deciding. Use referrals and resources to build a strong list of qualified candidates. Then vet them thoroughly through careful research and comparison.

How to Choose the Right Attorney for Your New York Divorce

It’s one thing to build a list of competent local divorce lawyers. Making the right final selection is another matter. Look for these indicators of a great fit:

Personality Fit – A lawyer you mesh with well personally can offer comfort through a difficult process.
Mediation Skills – Quest for settlement where possible to avoid litigation pain and expense.
Courtroom Ability – Some cases necessitate tough litigation, so battle-tested court skills are useful.
Experience with Complex Assets – If substantial business interests, executive compensation or net worth over $5 million are involved, seek counsel well-versed in such complexity.
Special Needs Insight – Attorney knowledge regarding special needs children and associated support/custody factors.
Billing Transparency – Clearly explained rates/charges prevent sticker shock down the line.

Follow your gut, and prioritize the factors most important for your situation. With diligent search efforts and thorough vetting, you can find the lawyer to guide you to resolution.

Don’t Go It Alone: Connect With Your New York Divorce Attorney

The road to marital dissolution in New York contains many twists and turns. An experienced guide makes navigation smooth and swift.

So don’t wait to reach out if considering divorce. Meeting with knowledgeable local counsel right away illuminates the path forward. You’ll understand timelines, obligations, options and next steps.

This will empower informed choices on how to proceed. And your attorney will handle intricacies of filing, disclosure rules, settlement talks and appearance requirements so you can focus on self-care and family.

Divorce may close one chapter. But the right legal partner helps write the next, toward greater happiness and fulfillment. You got this! Now go find the counsel that’s got YOU.

And remember, laughter helps in hard times. So here’s a classic: “Why are divorces so expensive? Because they’re worth it!” Ba-dum-tiss. Wishing you peace and brighter days ahead!

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