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As experienced Long Island divorce attorneys, we often see how Uncontested divorces become highly Contested divorces over the same issues. These issues often become so heated that they often seem insurmountable obstacles to obtaining your Final Judgment of Divorce. Below are some of the most common issues that cause parties the most stress.

Child Support, Child Custody & Visitation

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In a majority of Long Island divorces, children are involved. Usually, the inclusion of children in a divorce immediately makes matters more complicated and emotional for both parties. In a small number of cases, issues relating to children, including Custody, Visitation and Support are simple and straightforward. They may be settled relatively quickly, with little to no agitation. For the most part, however, issues surrounding children can become the most contested issues in your divorce. It is important to remember that the best interests of your children must rule the day. A divorce is a big change, and it should be the ultimate goal of the parents to ensure that their children are feeling loved and supported during this tumultuous time.

It’s important to remember that to have a Final Judgment of Divorce granted, the issues of Child Support, Child Custody and Visitation must be settled. Without a final agreement on these matters, your divorce will not be granted.

Equitable Distribution of Wealth and Assets

Another common contentious topic usually revolves around the couple’s assets and their distribution. On Long Island, New York, a process called Equitable Distribution is utilized by the courts to ensure that each party is walking away with an equitable portion of the marital assets. In a divorce including parties with a high net worth, the issues surrounding equitable distribution, and those further issues implicated by it, can become very serious and complex. In some cases, assets may not be able to be split at the time of divorce and thus payouts are necessary. When the exchange of money are assets are involved, emotions usually run very high. These emotions can be further exacerbated when things such as inheritance, trusts, pensions and certain tax issues are involved.

Again, as with child-related issues in your divorce, a Final Judgment of Divorce cannot be granted until the assets contained within the marriage are properly distributed.

Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection

Finally, instances of domestic violence, which could result in Orders of Protection, further complicate the divorce process. Although the issues surrounding domestic violence are typically handled outside of the Supreme Court (in which your divorce is dealt with), the decisions made by other courts could have consequences on your pending divorce. If Orders of Protection are issued in the Family or District Courts, that can make communication between the parties extremely challenging. Additionally, when instances of domestic abuse and the resulting Orders of Protection are issued, emotions are usually extremely high. These can all cause serious delays in your divorce, causing this stressful time to stretch on and become more expensive.

Have Questions? Contact Our Long Island Divorce Law Firm

If you are considering divorce, or already have a pending divorce action, and believe your matter will become contentious and complex, it is important that you have an experienced Long Island Divorce Attorney assisting you. If you want to protect your interests and ensure that you are properly represented, we can help. Contact our Long Island Divorce & Family Law firm at 631-629-2545 to set up your free consultation.



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Everett Roberts
Everett Roberts
14:30 18 Mar 20
Going through a divorce was very challenging and emotional. Searching for an attorney can be challenging as well when you consider everything that is at stake. The choice I made to work with Rob Hornberger was surely the best choice available. His professionalism, expertise, and understanding made him and the entire team perfectly suited to achieve the outcomes I desired. Rob was always available to answer my questions and give me advice and legal considerations that affected my situation. The support I received from his staff was exemplary as well. The staff was courteous, kind, and also very professional. Thank you so much Rob and team for a worry free experience.
Annemarie Cusumano
Annemarie Cusumano
21:41 17 Mar 20
Being in family court especially when your children are on the line is extremely emotional and stressful but working with Robert and Christine put me at ease and made the process as pleasant as a situation like that can be. I have a now 3 year old daughter (who is the most important person in my life) and I've been working with them for over two years since my daughter was 7 months old, the case has been up and down and through it all Rob and Christine have never given up. My original case was due to a neglect charge. Cps is not easy to work with, but Rob and Christine were vigilant and I ended up getting my daughter back within 8 months and did not have to plead guilty to the neglect. Currently I am in family court to figure out a custody agreement. They are professional, empathetic, and patient. They have always explained everything thoroughly, informed me of all my options and advised me of what my best option would be. They always respond quickly when I contact them with questions or concerns and most importantly they fight for me in court and don't give up even when things get rough. Before hiring Rob and Christine I met with other attorneys who did not make me feel confident or comfortable at all about my case, so I am very grateful to have found Rob and Christine and to be represented by such great attorneys. I highly recommend them for any family court matters and will definitely continue to use them in the future if needed.
Steven Frierman
Steven Frierman
02:25 07 Mar 20
After meeting with 3 different lawyers, we felt Robert understood us best and he genuinely had our best interests at heart. This helped us resolve a few minor issues in a timely fashion and make a potentially stressful situation go more smoothly.Thank you
Randi Gottlieb
Randi Gottlieb
18:47 03 Mar 20
Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. - Mr. Robert Hornberger and his staff are beyond professional, they quickly gave me my consultation appointment, and helped me with an after-Divorce issue. Mr. Hornberger was empathetic and explained to me what I should expect. Mr. Hornberger was extremely professional and advised me of my options, he helped me proceed with accurate and smart decisions. I wish I had Mr. Hornberger and his highly recommended staff when I was getting divorced. I would highly recommend Robert and his staff to anyone who is getting a divorce or in need of help with situations after the divorce!
Rob Spielmann
Rob Spielmann
22:15 27 Feb 20
They made our process so easy. They were there to answer and help with any questions that came up. Very friendly


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