When most people on Long Island consider divorce, they often think of the worst case scenarios they’ve heard about:
- A long, drawn out process that costs each side tens of thousands of dollars.
- Fighting with their spouse throughout the divorce process.
- Having a contentious relationship with their ex-spouse with little, if any, positive communication.
- Having a difficult time attempting to find agreement to co-parent their children.
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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.
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 an experienced divorce attorney, mediator and collaborative divorce lawyer, who meets with Long Islanders considering divorce, I understand that most people are not aware of all the different options you have to legally end your marriage in New York state. If you are considering divorce or have already begun the process, you may be wondering what your options are and how to decide what will be best for you and your family.
As an experienced Long Island Divorce Attorney, I’ve met with many people who are curious about how divorcing after a short term marriage compares to a divorce of a longer marriage. Many have heard stories or rumors about divorces that ended with substantial property distributions and large long-term spousal support (also known as alimony) payments. These awards are generally reserved for longer marriages. However, certain issues do arise with short term marriages, and divorcing couples should be aware of the implications. Short term marriages can be affected by:
As an experienced divorce lawyer practicing on Long Island, I have seen that many children experience emotional difficulty when learning about and adjusting to their parents’ divorce. Although many of the legal parenting issues can be worked out in divorce mediation and in the divorce or separation agreement, there are often many barriers and challenges that await families once the divorce or separation is finalized.
We understand these challenges and encourages our clients to seek the support they need in order move forward with their lives in a way that is best for the family, and especially for the children. One of the things that we suggest is attending co-parenting classes, even when they are not ordered by a court.
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