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Divorce Made Easier
- File by Mail. While you always have the option of filing your divorce papers in person at the County Clerk's office, many people find it easier and more convenient to file everything by mail.
- No Hearing Required. New York State does not require a hearing to complete a divorce case. Instead, you will receive a Judgment of Divorce signed by the judge in the mail.
- No Mandatory Waiting Period. Unlike most states, there is no mandatory waiting period in New York. Your divorce can be finalized in as little as 30-45 days.
If you and your spouse both live in New York, there's no minimum in-state residency requirement, so you can file for divorce at any time regardless of how long either of you has lived in New York.
If only one of you currently lives in New York, you can file for divorce at any time once you've lived there for at least two years.
If you've only lived in New York for one year, you can file divorce at any time if you (1) got married in New York, (2) lived in New York as a couple at some point during the marriage, or (3) the grounds for your divorce (see below) occurred in New York.
Grounds for Divorce
If your marriage has been damaged beyond repair for at least six months, you can file a no-fault divorce in New York. While no-fault is easiest, you may select one of the six fault grounds instead if you prefer.
Where to File
New York divorces are filed at the County Clerk's office in the county where either spouse lives.