What is Custody? Custody is the parental responsibility of a child. There are two types of Custody: Legal Custody: The right and responsibility to make decisions for a child. Physical Custody: The living location for a child. What is Visitation? Parenting time between a child and a parent. Typically, the parent who does not have [read more...]

Divorce papers are also referred to as a summons, summons with notice, or a complaint. Depending on the method you received the above-mentioned documents, you may only have 20 days to file an answer with the Court to avoid a default under New York Law. The 1st thing you should do is contact an experienced [read more...]

Our approach to Divorce and Matrimonial Law is straightforward and transparent. We carefully obtain all the necessary information so that our clients can make their own decisions on what is fair or appropriate for their specific matter. Then, we create a global settlement offer. For information on the necessary topics in a settlement agreement, please [read more...]

We always offer free consultations to help people navigate through the complex divorce process and local procedures. During your free consultation, at a minimum, we will discuss the following topics below and how they may apply to your situation. The topics that must be resolved before a Court can Order a divorce are: Grounds: Also [read more...]

In New York, one of the topics frequently in a divorce matter is equitable distribution. This is also known as a division of marital property. We have previously discussed this HERE. One type of marital property is a spouse’s retirement or pension that was earned during the marriage. The issue is that most retirement or [read more...]

A few years ago, the New York Legislature adopted the newest legal ground to get divorced, commonly called a no fault divorce. It is also known as the irretrievable breakdown in relationship Domestic Relations Law ยง170 (7). To get a divorce on this ground, the marital relationship must have broken down irretrievably (so that it [read more...]

Your divorce will be considered uncontested if both you and your spouse want to get a divorce and agree about what will happen with your children, your finances and your property after the divorce. If your divorce is uncontested, and you and your spouse have reached an agreement on all financial and parenting issues, make [read more...]

Under New York law, a married couple can enter into a written settlement agreement that will essentially determine all relevant issues in a divorce and therefore the court will not have to decide for the parties certain issues. The required issues to address include: Legal Grounds- Click HERE for more information. Child Custody and Visitation [read more...]

No matter your level of personal and financial success, sorting out all the key issues and legal considerations in your divorce can be overwhelming. In fact, if you have a leadership position or professional practice to maintain, your attorney’s financial knowledge and ability to deal with complex property issues may be especially critical. Certainly you [read more...]

This paperwork is also referred to as a summons, support violation, or a child support violation. Depending on the court date, you may only have a limited amount of time to prepare a response and/or find a Syracuse Family Law Lawyer to protect your interests and to possibly avoid jail time. The 1st thing you [read more...]

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