As a Long Island Divorce Attorney with many years of practice in this field, many clients come to our Family Law firm seeking to learn more about Legal Separation. A Legal Separation is a very important option that should be discussed with your attorney before moving forward with your legal proceedings.
As a Long Island Divorce Attorney who has met with countless clients and prospective clients during their complimentary consultations, I have seen people immediately intimidated by one of the key pieces of information we need to collect: the Statement of Net Worth. In an effort to alleviate that intimidation, we have complied some basic information.
What Is a Statement of Net Worth?
In my many years of experience as a Long Island Divorce Attorney, many clients have the same questions when they first start their divorce proceedings. In an effort to ease some of your natural anxiety over these issues, below are answers to some frequently asked questions associated with beginning your divorce on Long Island.
A big concern of most people have coming into our law firm is what happens to their assets now that they are beginning a divorce. In New York State, the law requires you and your spouse to protect your marital assets. This means that neither you nor your spouse are permitted to unilaterally transfer, sell or destroy any marital assets. When the law is speaking about marital assets in this context, it means bank accounts, the marital residence, cars and things of that nature. What this really boils down to is that neither you nor your spouse can empty a bank account, destroy the artwork you bought using money from your wedding, or sell the marital residence out from underneath one another.
With the holidays quickly approaching, more and more clients are coming to our Long Island Divorce and Family Law firm with concerns about their holiday visitation schedule with their children. As an experienced Divorce and Family Law Attorney, I have helped many families make the most of their holidays in a way that works best for them.
As an experienced Long Island Divorce Attorney and Divorce Mediator, many couples have come to me seeking alternative methods to the infamous Contested Divorce. Divorce Mediation is something that does not receive a lot of attention, as the process lends itself to amicable and peaceful resolutions, but it is a process that should be utilized more often, if feasible.
As a Long Island Divorce and Family Law Attorney, I typically find that strong family ties can truly make all the difference in a child’s life, especially when dealing with his or her parents’ divorce. In many Long Island families, grandparents play a large role in a child’s life. For many children, their grandparents are a steady source of love and support throughout the child’s formative years and beyond. When a family is strained by a divorce, both grandparents and grandchildren may become concerned that the relationships they have established with each other will become threatened. This concern is heightened when dealing with a contentious divorce, where the parents may be fighting over custody of the children. What happens if mom gains fully custody, but dad’s parents want to see the children? (more…)