In 2015, the New York legislature enacted new rules which have an enormous effect on how uncontested divorces in New York are resolved. Specifically, starting in January and March 2016, the uncontested divorce forms in New York change, and the state courts no longer accept many of the outdated forms relating to spousal maintenance, child support, and certain notices and affidavits.
If your automation software is using outdated versions of these forms, then your uncontested divorce filings run a high risk of being rejected, and creating unnecessary delay, cost, and embarrassment for you and/or your clients.
If you are not using automation software for your uncontested divorce filings, then this is the perfect opportunity to incorporate Rocket Docket’s automated legal document assembly software into your practice, which not only saves time by automatically inputting fields and completing calculations, but is also automatically updated to reflect all changes in the law.
New York’s New Uncontested Divorce Forms
New changes to New York’s uncontested divorce forms include:
- Annual Income Worksheet (UD-8(1)) – This form is now used effective January 2016 to include the income, benefits, and certain deductions which are now used to formulate maintenance and child support awards under New York’s newly revised laws.
- Maintenance Guidelines Worksheet (UD-8(2)) – This form is used to determine the amount of spousal maintenance paid after a divorce, as opposed to during the divorce proceedings. The new form incorporates new rules that institute formulas which take into account both spouse’s incomes, which previously didn’t necessarily apply to post-divorce maintenance determinations. The form also incorporates the new rule capping the amount of maintenance payor income to be factored in at $178,000, down from the previous cap of $524,000. Thus, using the wrong form could result in an outcome that is many thousands of dollars off the correct formula!
- Child Support Worksheet (UD-8(3)) – Along with the revised maintenance guidelines, New York has revamped its law used in determining child support payments. This new worksheet, effective March 1, 2016, incorporates the new law to reach accurate determinations under the new laws.
- Notice of Guideline Maintenance: In connection with the new maintenance guidelines, New York has instituted a new notice explaining such maintenance guidelines and formulas which must be included for divorces commenced on or after January 25, 2016.
- Affidavit of Service by Mail of Judgment of Divorce With Notice of Entry
- Affidavit of Service of Proposed Poor Person’s Order
Use Rocket Docket to Save Time and Avoid Costly, Embarrassing Mistakes
To put it simply, if your legal document assembly software does not automatically update to include New York’s changing laws, then, at best, you are forcing yourself to do double the work, and, at worst, are running the risk of filing faulty forms that do not reflect current law and costing you and your client.
Rocket Docket legal automation software helps save time and money while eliminating costly mistakes. Our Divorce and Family Court Forms are completely updated with all relevant New York state forms and math that you need to complete your work in the most efficient, error-free manner possible, helping you get your work done in a fraction of the time.