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Family law is complicated in the state of New York. You may need a child custody lawyer to sort out the situation for your children, but you may not need a lawyer for the divorce portion of your case. Family law can be complicated and it is never advised to go completely without the advice of a lawyer. The Law Office of Diron Rutty can help you navigate this complicated situation. That said, here are a few situations where you may not need a divorce attorney.

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You Are Using Uncontested Divorce Forms

In the state of New York, the custodial parent cannot just relocate with their child. There needs to be a court hearing to allow the other parent to object to the child being relocated with the custodial parent first. This process is intended to make sure that children are not relocated against their will.

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You Are Using Alternative Dispute Resolution

If you have debts or children that you need help with agreements related to the divorce, you can use this process to work out who will take the children and who will be handling specific debts. This is the only process that you can use for this decision-making process if you wish to avoid securing a lawyer to help you sort out these issues.

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You are a Victim of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence victims can opt to have their divorce settled out of court so that they do not have to be exposed to contact with their abuser. This can protect an abused spouse from being in contact with their abuser during the process of the divorce. This is particularly true if the spouse that was abused is in protection to hide them from their spouse.

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You Cannot Locate Your Spouse

For those who cannot locate their spouse, you are allowed to ask for a divorce-related to their abandonment. You will need to be able to prove that you have not had any contact with your spouse for a set period of time. This will require that you work with the court.

Family Lawyers Are Not Needed During Some Divorce Processes

There are limited situations where you can apply for a divorce without the help of a divorce lawyer. These situations are not common and you should always remember that having a lawyer on your side can be a big help to your divorce process. The Law Office of Diron Rutty can help you with your divorce process if you do need a lawyer for your divorce needs.