Yes, you can divorce even if you aren’t legally separated.
While a valid separation agreement used to make it easier to get a divorce in Queens, reforms enacted by the state legislature in 2010 have eliminated many of the obstacles that used to make New York divorces some of the hardest in the country to obtain.
Some couples reach an impasse in their marriage but prefer to take some time before deciding to divorce.
If that’s your situation, then a separation agreement can clarify issues of property, child custody and support, and other elements of the relationship.
If, down the road, you and your spouse do decide to divorce, your separation agreement can be converted to a divorce settlement.
On the other hand, you are able to divorce at any time, and New York’s Irretrievable Breakdown grounds means that you don’t have to show cause or misconduct in the marriage.
No-fault divorce is simpler and more cost effective than the onerous laws that governed the process before.
The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help you understand your options and how to proceed in the way that’s best for you.
Call us today at 718-523-1111 to speak to an experienced Queens divorce lawyer for free.