A litigated divorce is the type of divorce most often seen in the media; those long, drawn-out court battles “to the death” that cost a fortune and end up tearing the family apart. Most divorce litigation cases aren’t dramatic, drawn out and expensive as those you see in the news, however, they do usually take longer and therefore cost more than other Long Island divorce options like divorce mediation, collaborative divorce or arbitration. Before deciding to litigate your divorce, it’s important you understand what this will entail to ensure it’s the right choice for you and your family. Here’s what you should know. (more…)
If you’re considering getting divorced, working with a Long Island family law attorney or divorce lawyer is critical. Your attorney can be a great asset to you if you select the right one. Here’s what to understand about choosing a divorce attorney:
Long Island Divorce Options
Before selecting an attorney to represent you in your divorce, it’s important to understand what options are available to you and to have realistic expectations of the entire process. If you choose a family law lawyer who is skilled in divorce mediation because you want to resolve your divorce amicably, but your ex-spouse contests nearly every aspect of the divorce, you could be stuck litigating a settlement with an attorney who doesn’t have the expertise to represent you in the courtroom.
Many people are concerned about their divorce affecting their job, however, the reverse is also frequently true. Your employment may impact your divorce in significant ways, particularly if you’re self-employed. Here’s what to expect if you own a business or otherwise work for yourself and are getting a divorce.
You’ll Need to Do More to Prove Your Income
Self-employment income is more difficult to prove than traditional income in any situation, not just in a divorce. If you’re a contractor, for example, you may get a 1099 once a year instead of W2s. Or, you may be responsible for calculating miscellaneous income yourself. If you’re a business owner, you’ll need to assess your gross income, expenses, and net profits. With most types of self-employment, the pay is erratic or differs substantially from month to month. This, coupled with the lack of pay stubs, makes it challenging to calculate an accurate estimate of your income. Expect to gather six months or more of bank statements and fill out multiple forms.
Although criminal charges and family legal matters are handled in two different courts, they sometimes overlap. When they do, one may impact the other. Often, it’s criminal charges incurred during a divorce that affect the divorce instead of vice versa. Find out how a divorce influenced by criminal charges and when should you contact a divorce attorney? (more…)
If you are divorcing or ending a relationship and you have a child or children on Long Island, you’ll need to come to a consensus about how you and your ex can co-parent your child/ren together in a healthy, effective way that ultimately benefits the health, happiness, and overall wellbeing of your child. This isn’t often easy, since each parent can have radically different ideas of what is truly in the child’s best interests. Here’s how to negotiate your child custody and visitation schedule on Long Island and how to get legal help to ensure that your rights are protected and exercised as needed. (more…)
While dissolving your marriage may be something you desire, few people on Long Island look forward to the actual process of getting a divorce. In addition to the emotional impact of divorce, many people fear the perceived cost of hiring an experienced divorce attorney. This has led to “do-it-yourself” divorces that promise the same outcome as filing with an attorney for a fraction of the time and cost. Is a DIY divorce really all it’s cracked up to be, or are there real risks associated with filing a divorce without legal counsel? (more…)