If it’s an uncontested divorce, then the procedure really depends upon your specific circumstances. We would have you come into our office, meet with us, and learn about your goals in terms of what you are looking to achieve in the divorce, and then reach out to your spouse and see if we can reach some time of amicable resolution.
Sometimes that’s achieved by way of letter-writing, or a settlement conference. There might be a need to disclose certain assets. There might be a need to demand the production of certain items. Once those items are exchanged and there’s a conversation regarding the specific issue, hopefully you would be able to achieve a favorable settlement outside of court without the need of going to a judge.
However, if the matter does become contested, then there’s a different rubric - if a matter is contested and it is before a court. In that type of proceeding for a divorce, what occurs initially is a preliminary conference. At that preliminary conference, both parties are obligated to produce a statement of net worth regarding assets, regarding expenses, regarding liabilities. It really is an important document for both spouses.
Also at the preliminary conference a road map is set up, in terms of what you can expect moving forward-- what dates discovery is due, what dates depositions will be, and what you would be looking at in terms of the trial. You can always settle your matter without the need for the judge to issue a decision.
For a free consultation regarding a divorce or family law issue in Suffolk or Nassau County, please contact us or call (631) 337-1977. We look forward to speaking with you.