Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is an option when you and your spouse are in agreement on all financial or divorce-related issues and your spouse either agrees to the divorce, or fails to appear in the divorce action.   

An uncontested divorce is the fastest and most affordable path to divorce. Whether divorce is a recent decision or one that was decided years ago, and you are just now ready to move forward, Bates Family Law has streamlined the process to minimize the cost to you.

We will assist you every step of the way by helping you determine the grounds for your divorce, educating you on all the decisions that need to be made to receive a Judgment of Divorce in New York State, and work with you on making those decisions. Depending on your situation, it can be as simple as filling out the Net Worth Statement and our Uncontested Divorce Questionnaire. The Net Worth Statement is a New York State required divorce form in which you list all of your monthly expenses and marital assets and debts.  With that information, and the answers to the Uncontested Divorce Questionnaire, we can quickly prepare your Separation and Property Settlement Agreement. This written agreement defines the terms of your divorce and includes decisions regarding spousal and child support, child custody, and distribution of debts and assets. Enlisting the help of a skilled attorney is strongly advised to ensure that the conditions are acceptable to the court and that the agreement is equitable. In addition, we will handle all of the documents that must be filed in the case of an uncontested divorce. Unlike a contested divorce, in most cases, neither you nor your spouse generally needs to make an appearance in court. However, should going to trial become necessary due to disagreement, it is imperative that your attorney be experienced.

The goal of the team at Bates Family Law is to minimize conflict and cost when settling your uncontested divorce. We will keep you informed and involved throughout the process, until a positive resolution is reached.

Call Bates Family Law today at (585) 433-4661 to schedule your consultation.

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Working with an attorney is a highly personal experience and it is of utmost importance that you feel comfortable with us. We are confident that once you get to know us, you will want to work together. You can set up your consultation by email or phone. We look forward to meeting you.

Conveniently located between Rochester and Canandaigua, servicing all of Monroe and Ontario counties including Pittsford, Brighton, Penfield, Fairport, Farmington, and Victor.


(585) 433-4661

Victor, NY 14564

When it comes to your divorce or family law case, experience matters. We have represented thousands of clients in matters of divorce, child custody, and child support.

Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested Divorce

Many people do not realize that New York is a no-fault divorce state. It is no longer necessary or even common to get a legal separation before getting divorced in New York. An uncontested divorce is the fastest and most budget-friendly path to marital dissolution. Often, an uncontested divorce can be settled with only one party retaining a lawyer.

Contested Divorce

Contested Divorce

When an uncontested divorce is not possible, you will want a family court lawyer with extensive trial experience. When you are considering hiring a family court lawyer, it is important to ask about the number of divorce trials they have handled.

Divorce for Business Owners & Spouses

Divorce for Business Owners or Their Spouses

If you or your spouse own a business, it’s crucial to hire a divorce attorney who has comprehensive experience handling business assets. Not all divorce attorneys understand business valuations or the tax consequences of businesses. The special considerations of business owners require special knowledge from your lawyer.

Uncontested Divorce


Have you tried to work through the issues with your spouse and keep "getting stuck" in the same pattern? Our mediators help couples shift into a new and productive way of communicating and problem solving, even while they are working towards their divorce. This family-centered process, in which the parties themselves are in control and empowered to make their own decisions, seeks to reduce the tension and trauma of divorce, not increase it. This enables couples to achieve a sense of wholeness by working together through the current issues and develop the necessary tools for resolving future differences.

Child Custody

Child Custody

Nothing is more important than your children. If you are facing parental alienation or your children are being coached, a child custody battle can be especially difficult. We have expertly conducted countless child custody trials, including initial determinations of the best interests of the children, modifications to prior orders, enforcement proceedings, and cases of parental alienation.

Child Support

Child Support

Child support is much more complicated than a basic formula or a certain percentage of income. There are multiple considerations that go into calculating child support, especially if you or the other parent works in a cash business, is underemployed, or if you share equal time with the child. We are experienced in every aspect of determining child support. If child support is already established, we can even determine, often in a phone call, whether the amount you are currently paying or receiving is fair.

Order of Protection

Orders of Protection

If you have been served with a Family Court Order of Protection or if you feel that you need an Order of Protection to keep you or your children safe, you must act fast. An Order of Protection against you can impact your job, your ability to see your children, your right to live in your home, and your right to possess firearms. If a temporary Order of Protection was issued against you without you being present, you have a right to have the Order of Protection reevaluated right away. If you are seeking an Order of Protection, we will help you apply for the order, most often within 24 hours.

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Bates Family Law, P.C. • (585) 433-4661