How can I file for divorce free of charge?

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How can I file for divorce free of charge?

I have been married 43 years to a verbally abusive man. I didn’t realize that fact until well into our marriage, but was afraid to leave him at that time. I had tried divorcing him years ago, but my youngest son was still living with us, so I chickened out at the last minute. I filed through the government, so it didn’t cost me anything. I still don’t have the money for a lawyer, so would like to know

Asked on January 10, 2016 under Family Law, New York

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The NY State Unified Court System offers free instruction booklets and forms for people starting a divorce. Here is a link to its site:
https://www.nycourts.gov/divorce/forms.shtml
That having been said, you may want to give serious consideration to using a lawyer for your divorce. For one thing, your spouse may oppose the divorce. There can be a lot more to think about than just ending the marriage and filling out the legal papers. If money is an issue, see if your county/local bar association has a list of attorneys who we bill you based on your income/circumstances. Also, see if there is a law school near you; they typically run free/low cost legal clinics that handle divorce cases.                   


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