No couple on Long Island truly wants to go through divorce litigation, but sometimes it’s necessary to protect your best interests and the best interests of your children. You might have heard stories of other divorced couples who had a contested divorce and went through litigation, and it’s unlikely they made you feel at ease. Litigation can be challenging, yes, but it gets a bad reputation. If you come into it with the right attitude and the right expectations, you can come away from it with a resolution you can be satisfied with. Here’s how you can prepare your family (and yourself) for a litigious divorce. (more…)
When someone harms or threatens you or your child, you have the option to seek an order of protection against them. This legally limits their behavior and imposes consequences should they attempt to come near you. Orders of protection are common on Long Island in cases of divorce involving domestic violence, child abuse, and other situations where safety is an issue. (more…)
A shared child custody agreement on Long Island is basically a 50/50 share of parenting time with the child(ren). In this case it might seem fair and appropriate that the parents should also share 50% of all expenses, but in New York, that is not the way it works. Even in shared child custody arrangements, one parent is deemed the non-custodial parent and that parent is the one who is ordered to pay child support regardless of the amount of time they spend with the child(ren). (more…)
If you’re considering the possibility of getting a divorce on Long Island, it’s important that you understand some of the basics of New York divorce law. Explore the grounds for divorce and decide which option best describes your unique situation. Then, contact an experienced family law firm to help guide you through the process of filing for divorce in Long Island and inform you of what your next steps should be.
Long Island Grounds for Divorce
In New York State, a few basic criteria must be met before you can file for divorce. You must meet the residency requirement, and you must also have a legally acceptable reason for divorce, also known as “grounds“. (more…)
Going through a divorce is a difficult process for anyone on Long Island, whether the split was amicable or not, and when children are involved, it can become even more complicated. Maintaining a good co-parenting relationship after your split is essential to ensure that your children are getting what they need from both parties and they do not become tools to direct your anger toward each other. (more…)
There are a lot of logistical and financial issues surrounding divorce on Long Island but the emotional issues are just as important, especially when there are children involved.
When a couple decides to divorce, they are often very focused on finances, division of property, and custody issues with their children. Those are all highly important, but there’s another aspect that too often gets overlooked, and lost in the shuffle. All of the emotional concerns that also come along with the decision to separate, and those emotions can strongly affect the children in the home. That’s especially true of younger children who may not understand the process and why it’s happening, but affects older children too.
Here are some things you and your spouse should consider talking to your children about to help them process any fears they have or questions they may have.