Divorce is a life-changing event, and one that should not be taken lightly or without the consultation of an experienced divorce attorney on Long Island. There is much at stake during a divorce, and the outcome will likely shape your future for years to come.
A child custody proceeding begins with a petition and can be served with a writ of habeas corpus, notice of petition or order to show cause, depending on the choice of court and the circumstances. Our Long Island child custody attorneys will advise you on the best method to proceed while working to fashion the best presentation of your case in the petition.
The New York law which governs the support of children is referred to as the Child Support Standards Act (“CSSA”). According to the CSSA, the basic child support obligation is determined as a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s income less certain deductions. Our experienced Long Island child support attorneys will help determine your options.
An appeal is a formal request that a higher court review a lower court’s order or judgment. It can result in a reversal of the entire lower court order, or just a part of it.
An action for annulment or to declare the nullity of a void marriage is commenced the same way as an action for divorce. Please see the Divorce FAQ’s for answers to questions regarding litigation procedure.
QDRO stands for Qualified Domestic Relations Order and is pronounced “quad-dro.” A domestic relations order is a special court order that is designed to distribute a piece of a pension or retirement account to a former spouse.
You may not be able to salvage your marriage—but you can still save the time, money, and energy typical to divorce litigation. Divorce mediation shifts the power and control away from intimidating judges and into the hands of our unbiased mediators who fight to resolve your divorce without the knock-down, drag-out courtroom brawls or uncontrollable, unpredictable, and unreasonable litigation costs.
Oftentimes, disputes arise when couples realize they were not “on the same page” in their expectations for their relationship. For this reason, many people feel it is important to enter into a marriage with a clear understanding of each spouse’s rights and obligations, by signing a Prenuptial Agreement prior to their wedding.