Divorces can be difficult both emotionally and financially, but when you cannot afford legal help, the process may seem overwhelming. In New York, nonprofit agencies may help to link you up with the information you need to participate in a divorce action and with free or low-cost legal assistance, including Legal Aid attorneys.
New York Divorce Law
New Yorkers can find detailed, do-it-yourself divorce information online, including a walk-through of the process. Whether you are filing for divorce or responding to a divorce petition, several online resources provide the forms you need and instructions for filling them out.
If you feel you need a lawyer, a variety of organizations offer free or low-cost legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers going through divorce. The Legal Aid Society is the oldest not-for-profit legal services organization in the nation. It provides legal representation to low-income New Yorkers. Find a convenient office by visiting their website or by calling the organization.