If you are facing a divorce, a paternity dispute, or dealing with a domestic violence matter, you need an experienced family law attorney – one who is prepared to handle your case.
When facing a divorce, you will likely have financial concerns, regardless of your financial situation. Legal counsel can help you to explore other options that may be available, such as a legal separation. There are many factors that need to be accounted for before making such a life-changing decision.
If, after talking with one of our attorneys, you decide that divorce is the best option, we will walk through each aspect of your life that will be impacted by this decision. New York divorce law can be difficult to understand. Contact us to see how we can help you.
Child Support, Child Custody and Visitation Rights
Your children are likely to be one of your biggest concerns during this time. You may have concerns, such as:
- What will happen to my children?
- Who will support them financially?
- Where will my children live?
- Who will make the important decisions in their lives?
These last two questions are determined by legal and physical child custody. If you and your spouse cannot agree, the court may decide for you. There are many factors that a New York judge will consider when determining these cases. We can help you to get a favorable outcome for child custody, child support, and visitation rights.
Money is often another concern when couples divorce. How will you continue to financially support yourself (and possibly your kids) without your spouse’s income to supplement yours? A New York judge will determine whether or not to award alimony (also referred to as spousal support), and how much to award. We can explain how a judge calculates spousal support and will fight for your rights to achieve the best possible financial outcome.
Another concern is how your property will be divided. Perhaps you have consolidated your separate bank accounts into a joint account. Perhaps you received a hefty inheritance, which you used to fix some major structural issues in your marital home. Or maybe your spouse started a business years ago into which you invested your time and money. Scenarios like these are not uncommon, and this is where property division can get messy. You need an experienced family law attorney to guide you through the property division process so that you are not left deprived of assets that are rightfully yours.
Modifications and Enforcements
We also continue to represent you after your divorce. We can petition the courts to modify existing orders. We can also help if your ex-spouse is not holding up his or her end of the deal. If your former spouse fails to abide by the conditions of your divorce order, we will protect your rights in enforcement proceedings. And we can help – whether or not we were your divorce attorneys from the start.
No matter your situation, we can help.
We also have experience handling same-sex divorce cases as well as complex cases, such as couples that have high-dollar assets. If you and your spouse share in a professional practice or own a business together, we can guide you through the complex division process. We will always keep in mind the tax implications and do what we can minimize your taxes.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Starting your marriage can be an exciting, but also a stressful time. So you want go into it as prepared as possible, ensuring you are covered should your marriage end in a divorce. A prenuptial agreement is a great tool that can help you by laying out property division and expectations. We can help draft prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
Paternity Disputes and Domestic Abuse
Here are a few questions that are likely to arise during paternity disputes:
- What happens if you are separating from your partner, but you never married?
- How does the father get custody and visitation rights in a situation like this?
If you and your partner have a child together but were never married, you will need to first establish paternity before you can be granted child support, custody, or visitation rights. To do this, you will most likely have to sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity form. If there is a dispute, you may have to undergo DNA testing to establish paternity. We can guide you through this process and make sure that your rights as a father are honored.
We have also worked with individuals through situations of domestic abuse. No matter what side you are on—the person charged, or the person assaulted—you need aggressive legal advocacy.
Whatever It Takes
At Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP, we are prepared for anything and are not afraid to take a case to trial. Not every case needs to be taken to trial – but if it does, you can be assured that we have the litigation experience that you need on your side in the courtroom.
If you are dealing with any of these issues contact us right away to see how we can help you.