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New York DIY Instructions

Step 1 DIY Instructions

You’ll need to print the 1) Summons and 2) Verified Complaint forms. The Complaint will need to be notarize, but please take both of these forms with you for notarization.
Prior to uploading your forms to the court’s e-file site, please make sure all forms are saved as PDFs and labeled correctly:
  • Notice of Automatic Orders
  • Notice Concerning Continuation of Healthcare Coverage
  • Summons (UD-1a)
  • Verified Complaint

If Applicable:

  • Child Support Standards Chart (CSSA)

Note: If you have other forms that were created in this step, they will be addressed later in the process.
Next, you’ll upload these forms to the court’s e-file site here. The filing fee is $210 (plus a credit card fee). This fee is to purchase your "index number."

You will then wait for the court to send you your index number and filed forms. If you’d like to proceed with the next step, just use a filler number like "12345" for the index number question, then edit it when you receive your actual number.

Note: Once these forms are filed, they must be served within 120 days or your case may be dismissed.

Once you have received your index number, prior to serving your spouse, add the number where indicated on the 1) blank Affidavit of Service OR Acknowledgment of Service, and 2) Notice of Electronic Filing.

Regardless of service method, you will need to serve your spouse a filed copy of the:

  • Verified Complaint
  • Summons
  • Notice of Automatic Orders
  • Notice of Concerning Continuation of Healthcare Coverage
  • Supporting documentation (ex. Proof of Income) (if applicable)

You will also include a printed copy of:
  • Notice of Electronic Filing
  • Notice of Guideline Maintenance
  • Child Support Standards Chart (if applicable)
  • Blank Affidavit of Service OR Acknowledgment of Service
There are two ways to service your spouse:

Acknowledgment of Service (recommended): If you and your spouse are agreeable to it, this is the easier method.

  • A third party person should deliver all the filed forms in person, by email, or by mail.
  • Your spouse will sign and notarize the Acknowledgment of Service.
  • Your spouse can return the Acknowledgment to you or e-file it on their own (more commonly, the Plaintiff e-files it).

Personal Service: With this method, a third party will serve your spouse. The person serving:

  • Must know what your spouse looks like or be given a photo of your spouse
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Deliver all the filed forms in person to your spouse

The person serving the forms must sign an Affidavit of Service and have it notarized. They will then return the Affidavit to you so that you can e-file it.
Depending upon your service method, you will upload either the Affidavit of Personal Service or Acknowledgement of Service to the court's site.
Your spouse has 20-30 days (depending upon how your spouse was served) to file an Answer challenging what you stated. If they do so, your case will become a contested one.

Step 2 DIY Instructions

  • Statement of Net Worth

    If there is spousal maintenance, you will also have:
    • Annual Income Worksheet (UD-8(1)
    • Maintenance Guidelines Worksheet (UD-8(2)

    If you have kids, you will also have:
    • Annual Income Worksheet (UD-8(1)
    • Child Support Worksheet (UD-8(3)
    • New York State Case Registry Form
    • Addendum for the RJI (840M)
    • Child Support Summary Form (UCS 111)
Deliver a copy of all Step 2 forms to your spouse in person, by mail, or by email.

You will also include copies of these forms from Step 1:
  • Affidavit of Defendant
  • Affidavit of Plaintiff

Please note, your spouse will be notarizing the Affidavit of Defendant in the next step.
The spouse who is receiving spousal maintenance or child support will be the one to notarize:

  • Annual Income Worksheet (UD-8(1)
  • Maintenance Guidelines Worksheet (UD-8(2)
  • Annual Income Worksheet (UD-8(1)
  • Child Support Worksheet (UD-8(3)
If any of the forms were notarized, those copies, along with the rest of your forms, should be uploaded to the court's site here.

Step 3 DIY Instructions

The following forms will need to be printed and notarized by your spouse:
  • Affidavit of Defendant - served with your Step 2 forms
  • Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA)

You will both need to notarize the same copy of the Final Decree and MSA. Your notarizations must be done with or after your spouse's notarizations.

If your spouse notarized the forms separately, they can then deliver these forms to you in person, by mail, or scan and email them.

You will notarize:
  • Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA)
  • Affidavit of Plaintiff
  • Removal of Religious Barriers (if applicable)
Scan the notarized forms, then make sure all Step 3 forms are saved as PDFs and labeled correctly:

  • (notarized) Marital Settlement Agreement
  • (notarized) Affidavit of Defendant (UD-7)
  • (notarized) Affidavit of Plaintiff (UD-6)
  • Part 130 Certification (UD-12)
  • Note of Issue (UD-9)
  • Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage
  • Request for Judicial Intervention (UD-13)
  • Judgment of Divorce (UD-11)
  • Findings of Fact and Conclusion of Law (UD-10)
  • Affirmation Affidavit of Regularity (UD-5)

If applicable:
  • (notarized) Sworn Statement of Removal of Barriers (UD-4)
  • Qualified Medical Child Support Order (UD-8-b) - for children
  • Parenting Plan - for children

Please note, the forms below will be filed later in the process:
  • Affidavit of Service by Mail of JOD (UD-15)
  • Notice of Entry (UD-14)
Upload all the documents to the e-file site. There will be a final filing fee of $125 (+ $8 processing fee).
Once the Judgment of Divorce has been signed and filed by the court, serve the Notice of Entry (UD-14) upon your spouse with the filed Judgment (UD-11) via certified mail by a process server or a non-party to the case over the age of 18.

Once proof of receipt via certified mailing is received, the Affidavit of Service by mail of JOD (UD -15) is filled out and notarized by the server.

You will then e-file all three forms (UD-14), (UD-11), and (UD-15) as well as the Proof of Certified Mail Receipt (in this order) all as one PDF under the NYSCEF document type Affirmation/Affidavit of Service or Notice of Entry.
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