Yes, even if your spouse won’t hire a lawyer, the judge in your Brooklyn divorce will let the action move forward.
New York divorce law used to make it easier for a recalcitrant spouse to hold up the proceedings, or end them outright, but after a series of reforms were enacted in 2010, divorce has become more predictable, streamlined, and potentially less costly to both spouses.
The Irretrievable Breakdown ground is New York’s version of no-fault divorce, and by filing with that ground, you can obtain a divorce even if your spouse refuses to engage the action at all.
If your spouse initially refuses to participate, but later changes their mind and does hire a lawyer, it can cause frustrating delays in the case.
In some cases, a spouse will come back after the divorce is granted and argue that they should now have their day in court, even though they were notified and declined prior.
At Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, we can help you avoid some of the hazards that can follow when your spouse is opposed to your decision, or otherwise wishes to impede you.
Call us today at 718-725-9601 and talk to an experienced Brooklyn divorce lawyer for free.