Commonly Asked Questions
How shall I find the right attorney?
When parents divorce, their primary concern should be the children. Questions regarding sole custody, joint custody, visitation and support require expert analysis by experienced matrimonial attorneys. The equitable distribution of property is much more complicated than adding numbers and dividing by two. Under New York State law, property can include items that only an experienced matrimonial attorney will know how to identify and value. Spousal maintenance and child support also require careful attention to detail and constant awareness of the frequent changes in the law. Most of our clients are referred either by attorneys who do not practice matrimonial law or our current and former clients. It is recommended that you seek a referral from someone you trust and make up your mind after your consultation.
How much will it cost?
Almost all matrimonial attorneys, including the Law Offices of Jennifer L. Coden, PLLC charge an hourly rate for legal services. The total cost generally depends upon the amount of time necessary to resolve the issue, as well as the need for experts to value marital property and assist in custody determinations. All questions regarding legal fees and expenses are addressed during the initial consultation.
How long will it take to get divorced in New York?
A simple uncontested divorce can be processed by the Supreme Court of the State of New York within sixty days. A complex contested divorce action, involving contested custody, support. valuation and property issues can take from one to three years.
How do you start an action for divorce or separation in New York?
An action for divorce, separation or annulment is started by filing a Summons or Summons and Complaint in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Thereafter, the Summons must be served personally on your spouse and an affidavit of personal service must be filed in court within one hundred twenty days after the Summons is served.