New York Family Law Attorneys / Divorce Attorneys
Family law attorneys deal with divorce matters every day and understand the pain and emotions that surround the dissolution of marriage, not only for the marital partners, but also for the entire family.
You started out believing your marriage would last a lifetime and now have to face the reality that it is over. Whether or not children are involved, you are breaking family ties and may feel you have little or no control.
How the Right Attorney Can Help
A divorce attorney is your voice of reason, at a time when nothing seems reasonable and will help guide you through the divorce process as amicably and objectively as possible.
Despite the over-riding emotional aspects of divorce, it is important to approach divorce as a business decision because the choices you make today will affect you and your children for many years to come.
Primary Issues Involved in Dissolution of Marriage
Some primary issues you will have to resolve to reach a divorce settlement are:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Alimony/Spousal Support
- Division of Assets/Debts
Reaching a Favorable Divorce Settlement
Many attorneys bring a varied host of skills to the table to help you reach a favorable divorce settlement. For divorces involving a closely held family business or partnership, choosing an attorney with extensive business background will ensure that he has the additional knowledge necessary to advise you on business valuation, appraising collections such as artwork, coins and antiques, for example, during the asset/debt distribution stage of the divorce process.
If you believe your soon to be ex-spouse is hiding assets, you will need the help of a forensic accountant. A divorce attorney who is also a CPA can be extremely beneficial for a client involved in a high net worth divorce. Family law firms that do not have a CPA, business evaluator or appraisers in-house, can work with your accountant or can recommend a professional to assist you with tax-related aspects, financial planning or any necessary forensic accounting services.
Strive to Find Common Ground
Working out mutually acceptable solutions with your spouse for division of property and child support is always advisable. Logic dictates that you cannot both have the house, the children, the family heirlooms and the business. You will both have to compromise. If you cannot find common ground on your own, divorce mediation is an alternative that can spare expense, hard feelings and dignity for both parties to the divorce. Remember, if you take your battle to court, the judge will make the decisions for you.
Regardless of the approach, your attorney will be at your side every step of the way, protecting your rights and helping you achieve your desired outcome. A shattered marriage doesn’t have to result in a shattered life —there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Contact an Experienced Family Law Attorney for a Confidential Consultation
If you are contemplating a divorce or if your spouse has served you with a petition for divorce, seeking guidance from a trusted family law attorney is an important first step. Many family law firms offer a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and explain the legal services they offer.