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.
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…)
As an experienced Long Island Matrimonial and Family Law Attorney, I have seen all kinds of custody and visitation arrangements. Recently, a new trend in Child Custody has been emerging. Nesting Custody Arrangements have been getting more and more attention as they gain popularity among divorcing couples.
As an experienced Long Island Divorce Lawyer and Family Law Attorney, some of the more common questions I receive from couples splitting up concerns relocation after the divorce. These questions can come from either the custodial parent, as in, “Can I move with my children after the divorce?” or the noncustodial parent, as in, “Can I prevent her from moving with my children after the divorce?”.
Relocation involves the custodial parent attempting to effectuate a move with the parties’ child or children. This move may only be to the next town over, but more likely, especially if it is being brought to the Court’s attention, this move could be to another county, state, or even country.