What is the difference between a legal separation and a divorce in NY? Which one should they choose? In general, the differences between the two are as follows: 1. Legal Separation: is typically only a signed separation agreement between the spouses. There is no requirement that a court is actually involved. It is recommended that [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...]

Whenever people get divorced, it is an emotional and stressful period in their lives. It will likely be one of the lowest points of their lives emotionally. A long and heated court battle over property division can make matters even worse. Although there are exceptions, under New York law each spouse is typically entitled to [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...]

Separation Agreement: Under New York law, a married couple can become legally separated if they have both signed a written agreement. A separation agreement typically includes the following topics: child custody, child support, visitation (parenting time), spousal support, language or provisions relating to future assets or debt and plan for living arrangements (such as who lives [read more...]

What does divorce mean? Divorce is the final, legal ending of a marriage by court order. What legal reasons do I need to get divorced in New York? You must have grounds or legally acceptable reasons to get divorced in New York. Some acceptable grounds in New York include: a) Cruel and Inhuman treatment b) [read more...]

The Court will take your gross income and subtract Medicare and Social Security taxes. These are commonly known as “FICA” taxes. The Court does not subtract Federal or New York State income tax. Depending on the number of your children, the Court will follow these guidelines in determining your child support obligation. Please click on [read more...]

In an uncontested divorce, my office usually prepares the necessary divorce documents in about 2 business days. Next, the divorce documents are submitted to the appropriate court. The final divorce can take a few weeks to be ordered by a judge. Sometimes it can take a little longer (4-8 weeks) if the court has a [read more...]

Child support is financial support provided by the noncustodial parent. Child support includes: Cash payments (based on the parent’s income and the needs of the child) Health insurance for the child (medical support) Payments for child care Payments for reasonable health care costs that are not covered by health insurance. Under New York State law, [read more...]

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