Divorce Lawyer in Nassau County
Experienced Legal Help with Your Divorce
Marriages are complex relationships that revolve around affection, trust, passion, caring, shared dreams, and similar interests. When one of these elements breaks down, it’s like a car not firing on all cylinders. The car can still run, but not as smoothly as it originally did. If more of these elements begin to break down, it may be time to end the relationship - at least in the intimate, spiritual, and legal sense. If you are considering filing for divorce, you are going to need sound legal advice throughout every stage of the proceedings. The experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC, has been providing full-service representation for divorce clients for over 20 years. For a free consultation with an experienced divorce attorney in the greater New York area, including Nassau County, Richmond County, and Suffolk Counties, please call (516) 227-5353.
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Why Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer?
Whether or not you and your spouse are on good terms, once the negotiations begin about key issues, such as child custody, asset distribution, and alimony, even the most amicable couple can get drawn into costly adversarial proceedings.
The Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC, is committed to providing high-quality legal representation with a special focus on client satisfaction. We value bringing our clients the peace of mind they deserve during one of the most troubling personal circumstances. Let a Nassau County family law attorney represent your case to ensure that any financial and legal concerns you may have are addressed and protected. To learn about specific issues that may influence your case, please visit the following:
- Divorce (Contested and Uncontested)
- Separation and Annulment
- Child Support
- Custody and Visitation
- Maintenance (Alimony)
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Postnuptial Agreements
- Distribution of Assets and Debts
- Orders of Protection
Our team has substantial experience handling a variety of divorce cases. We treat each and every case with the utmost respect and will compile evidence, arguments, professional testimony, and other necessary paperwork on your behalf to defend your hard-earned finances, property, child custody, and more.
No one enters a marriage thinking it will end, but people do grow apart - especially when they marry young. Don’t feel bad about the dissolution of your marriage; divorce is just part of the modern world we live in. Consider these facts: the Centers for Disease Control’s National Vital System Report was last updated for 2015. The divorce rate is approximately 3.2 per every 1,000 people across the U.S. This divorce rate is roughly half of the marriage rate, which is estimated as being 6.9 for every 1,000 people. The divorce rate in New York for 2015 was below the national average at 2.7. In comparison, the states with the highest rates include Arkansas (4.8), Nevada (4.6), and Oklahoma (4.4).
Requirements for a New York Divorce
The parties must satisfy residency requirements in that either spouse must have been a New York resident for a period of two years. One spouse must currently be a New York resident upon filing. The marriage must have been conducted in New York or the couple must have lived within the state for some period as married persons. A divorce must have a ground, or legally accepted reason for proceeding, which may include the following:
- Treatment deemed cruel or inhuman
- Spousal abandonment
- Lengthy imprisonment
- Confirmed acts of adultery
- Living separately (apart) based on separation judgment
- Living separately (apart) based on separation agreement
- An irretrievable breakdown in the marriage or “no-fault”
Child Support Overview
Child support goes into effect the moment a child is born. Children should receive financial and emotional support from both parents, without regard to residency arrangements. This applies regardless of whether the parties were married or not. Parents are jointly responsible for support of children until the child is 21 years of age in New York. If the child is under 21 and is self-sufficient, married, or a member of the U.S. military, then the child is classified as "emancipated" and support ceases.
Emancipation also may occur in less frequent situations where someone between 17 and 21 years old leaves the family home and refuses contact or communication. Child support includes monetary payments based partly on a parent’s income to cover the child’s needs. It also may include coverage of expenses relating to heath care and child care.
Child Custody in New York
Courts may make a ruling regarding child custody until children are 18 years of age, giving responsibility for the child to one or both of the parents. Custody rulings, like most child-related decisions, are done in accordance with what is deemed to be in the “child’s best interest.” The classifications are as follows:
- Legal custody: Assigns responsibility for key issues including medical, educational, and religious decisions to one parent.
- Joint legal custody: Assigns responsibility for these key issues to both parents.
- Physical custody: The residential responsibility is assigned to one parent.
- Joint physical custody: Residential responsibilities are shared (jointly) between both parties.
Parenting Time (Visitation)
Courts encourage both parents to take an active role is establishing a relationship with their children. Following an order of sole physical custody, the other parent will likely be ordered a parenting time schedule. Visitation is typically denied only in cases where the safety of the child is at risk. Other family members such as grandparents may petition the court for an allocation of time. The schedule may be modified as needed by the court over time. Your attorney may assist you in understanding the various options to be considered.
If the couple is divorcing, financial support may be ordered from one spouse for the support of the other, referred to as maintenance. The goal is that both spouses will attain a reasonable level of financial independence in the future. The court will need to consider the overall financial situation in rendering maintenance. The primary factors considered by the court are:
- The income and property that composes the marital estate
- The length (duration) of the marriage
- Spouses’ ages and health
- Spouses’ earning capacities
- If either spouse needs training or education
- Acts that may have hindered a spouse’s ability to earn
- Where the children reside (if applicable)
- Current requirements for caring for family members
- Child-related expenses
- Tax consequences of either spouse
- Contributions to the marriage including homemaking
- If either spouse has willfully or intentionally dissipated marital assets
- Health insurance factors and more
Recent Changes to New York Divorce Law
- Omission or redaction of confidential personal information. This change was expanded to limit general access to personal information of the parties to a divorce proceeding. This will include:
- Tax identification or social security numbers
- Dates of birth
- Full names of minors
- Financial accounts and credit card numbers
- Changes to the annual income caps which are applicable to temporary and post-divorce spousal maintenance.
- An adjustment to the way spousal maintenance is calculated based on other payments of child support.
- Grounds for divorce expanded to include "no-fault" divorce.
Overview of the Steps in a Contested Divorce
Your family law attorney will guide you through the phases of the divorce process; however, the following is a summary:
- Plaintiff files a verified Complaint of Summons of Notice with county clerk
- Defendant is properly served
- A Request for Judicial Intervention (RJI) is filed by the plaintiff
- Parties must exchange Statements of Net Worth
- Parties must be present for Preliminary Conference
- A Compliance Conference may be required
- Discovery is conducted to identify all marital assets
- Settlement or trial
- Judgment of Divorce entered and post-orders assigned
Knowledgeable and Personalized Counsel in Nassau County
Remember, the attorney that you hire to handle your case can have a significant impact on your financial and emotional well-being throughout the divorce process. We're proud to offer our clients the personalized attention they need and deserve, and handle every case in a sensitive and professional manner.
Call Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC to learn more about how our legal team may be able to support you when taking this important step toward a new life. We provide free, confidential case evaluations. Contact us at (516) 227-5353.
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