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Legal Resources for Unrepresented Litigants


The Divorce Resources website provides useful information for unrepresented litigants regarding divorce. There are resources on a wide range of topics, including divorce forms and instructions, Supreme Court contact information, finding a lawyer, parent resources, domestic violence, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and frequently asked questions


The following are additional resources provided to help you better understand and navigate the divorce process:

  • Child Support Standards Chart: a guide for child support calculations, including a quick reference chart with child support amounts based on income and number of children.
  • CourtHelp.org
    Free assistance with court facts, the law, obtaining and completing court forms and finding a lawyer.
  • CourtHelp.org's Online Law Library
    An online law library providing information about family, civil and criminal cases, as well as legal terminology and physical locations of law libraries near you.
  • Court Rules for Divorce Cases
    Sections 202.16 and 202.16-a of the Uniform Rules for Trial Courts define the legal rules, requirements and timelines governing divorce cases in New York State.
  • Glossary of Legal Terms
    A listing of legal terms and their definitions that you may encounter during the divorce process.
  • Law Library Locations and Services
    Locations of free law libraries maintained by the court system to assist litigants with legal research, as well as an online library catalog.
  • Serving the Unrepresented
    The home page of the court system's Access to Justice Program, which provides tools and resources that ensure equal access to justice for everyone.
  • Temporary Maintenance Guidelines Worksheet and Calculator: a formula for judges to apply and factors for judges to consider when calculating temporary spousal maintenance.
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