In order to file for an Uncontested divorce in New York State you must meet the residency requirements, have grounds for divorce, and an agreement about the terms of your divorce with your spouse. If these three requirements are met, you can get divorced without having to appear in Court.
The bottom line is that most people have grounds to get a divorce when both parties are in agreement that a divorce should take place. The party that brings the action must set forth the grounds for divorce in the papers.
Grounds for Divorce in New York State:
Typically most people seeking an uncontested divorce have negotiated a basic agreement with their spouse regarding Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Maintenance and the Division of Marital Assets and Marital Debts. So long as you have a basic verbal agreement with your spouse you may proceed with the uncontested divorce. A written agreement will be drafted in a manner that complies with your wishes and New York State Law.