If you and your spouse are divorcing, consider using the method of mediation to end your marriage. During mediation, you and your spouse will meet with a trained mediator to negotiate a divorce settlement that is agreeable to both of you. Once the divorce mediation process is finished, the mediator will file the divorce paperwork and agreement with the court.
The state of New York follows equitable distribution guidelines when dividing property during divorce. This means that all marital property will be distributed equitably, which is the fair division of assets and debts acquired during the union. Whether specific assets and possessions qualify as marital property or separate property will determine how they will be distributed during divorce proceedings.