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…)
If you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce on Long Island, did you know that you don’t necessarily have to go to trial? Here’s what you can try first and how to know if a trial may, in fact, be the best option considering your circumstances. (more…)
Divorce and bankruptcy are often closely related on Long Island. Couples who file bankruptcy may later get a divorce due to financial distress, while individuals who get a divorce may file bankruptcy as a result of being left with a lot of debt after the divorce. If you know you’re likely going to get a divorce and file for bankruptcy, which one do you do first? The answer varies depending on the details of your situation. Here’s what you should know about choosing between filing for bankruptcy before or after getting a divorce on Long Island. (more…)
The end of the school year on Long Island is around the corner and this can mean new child custody and visitation issues. This is especially true when your divorce attorney neglected to provide for summer arrangements in your custody agreement, perhaps because it was created before the child entered school.
Because legal issues can be daunting and expensive, many families choose to make alternative arrangements themselves until the kids go back to school in the fall. However, this may not be an ideal situation, as it can put you at risk for legal action to be taken against you. Here’s how you should handle summer child custody and visitation issues. (more…)
An order of protection, commonly called a “restraining order” on Long Island, is a legal tool that can be used in cases of harassment and violence between people who share a relationship. When should you get an order of protection, and more importantly, when can you? (more…)
Your actions before your divorce can have a significant impact on the process of dissolving your marriage on Long Island. You could put yourself at a financial disadvantage or make it more difficult for the judge to sympathize with you. Here’s what you shouldn’t do before getting a divorce — and one thing you should. (more…)