Divorce can be the most strenuous time in a person’s life, so it’s important that a divorce lawyer provide individual, client-centered representation, as no two divorces are alike.
While we strive to settle most of our cases amicably, without having our clients go through the litigation process, our attorneys have the unique experience of having tried numerous divorce cases in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. So when settlement is not possible we have the experience to aggressively represent our clients in the courtroom.
Equitable Distribution and Maintenance (Alimony)
The law requires that marital property be divided equitably. Equitable distribution does not necessarily mean equal distribution,soit is up to the Court to make the determination on how marital property will be distributed. The Court takes into account a variety of factors when making this decision.
In addition to equitable distribution, the Court may also award a client maintenance or alimony. Both the duration and amount of maintenance or alimony ultimately awarded will depend on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the duration of the marriage, the financial means of the parties, and the ability of the non-monied spouse to find employment. Because each case is unique, there may be other considerations in this process outside of these most common factors.
In order to successfully protect his or her rights, it is imperative that a client be represented by an experienced and creative divorce lawyer in Court. This firm has handled numerous cases where a significant volume of assets were at stake.Our clients have included celebrities and other prominent individuals. We always strive to maintain our client’s privacy.
In every instance, we use the law to obtain the best results for our clients. While we always attempt to settle matters without going to trial, and successfully do so in the majority of cases, we have the experience to fight for our clients’ rights in the courtroom.
Custody and Child Support
The Courts have the power to make decisions regarding custody and child support. The Court’s primary concern is always the best interests of the child.
We always advise our clients to first attempt to settle custody matters without going to Courtto protect the children involved. But if a trial is required, we have successfully tried many custody battles. Our attorneys have the experience to sensitively represent your interests without harming those of your child or children.
Child support is largely determined by statute, depending on your state of residence. While child support is statutory there are invariably situations where the Court has discretion to determine child support. We have the experience of negotiating and trying child support cases in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida so we are quite capable of successfully handling all your child support matters.
Prior to getting married couples can enter into an agreement that outlines the financial obligations of the parties in the unfortunate event of divorce. This type of agreement is called a pre-nuptial agreement. There is also a provision in the law that allows for an agreement of this nature after the couple is married, referred to as a post-nuptial agreement. These types of agreements can also be used to protect assets such as family businesses,which either the husband or wife wish to keep separate. Our attorneys have extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of these agreements and are here to assist you deciding whether or not you need an agreement of this nature.
Alternative and Nontraditional Families
Given the number of states that now allow for same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships, it is important that you seek representation from a firm on the cutting edge of all types offamily law. We have represented alternative and nontraditional families in many family matters. No matter the type of family involved, Courts now have remedies for every family situation. Our attorneys have the extensive experience necessary to assist you in any family situation including same-sex pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. With same-sex marriage now the law in New York and New Jersey, these agreements are critical, particularly in families with children.