Family & Divorce Law

We provide strong yet compassionate representation in all areas of Family & Divorce law. Divorce and other family issues have a significant emotional and financial, as well as legal impact on your family. We take the time to understand all of your needs and work closely with you through every step of the process.We are thoroughly familiar with the complex Family Court rules and procedures and aggressively advocate for your interests. We ensure your rights are protected!

Collecting child support and maintenance payments:

When your ex-spouse has failed to pay child support/maintenance payments, your best bet is to file an income execution. Income executions are one of many administrative enforcement actions that you can take without going to court. Unlike the 25% federal limit on typical money judgments the income execution for support affords access up to 65% [...]
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Will the courts review the fairness of my Marital Property Settlement Agreement?

In an uncontested divorce, the court nearly always approves the agreement of the parties if it is generally fair and the court is convinced that the agreement was entered into by both spouses without fraud or coercion. Often the court may want to review financial affidavits attached to the agreement in order to determine its [...]
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Can I modify a Marital Settlement Agreement

A separation agreement is a legal document that will bind you through many years and determine your rights, obligations, and responsibilities from your marriage. Generally, the court has no power to alter the terms of a valid contract and a separation agreement is a contract. However, you and your spouse can amend the agreement if you [...]
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SEPARATION AGREEMENTS: Surviving v. Merged into the divorce

The typical separation agreement, or a stipulation of settlement resolving  a divorce should state whether the agreement is to survive the judgment of divorce as a separate contract, or whether it should be merged and incorporated into the judgment of divorce thus allowing for modification similar to a court order.  Which should you choose? Where [...]
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“No Fault” Divorce in New York?

New York State has finally adopted a no-fault divorce policy. No-fault divorce means that a couple need not prove any instances of wrongdoing or abuse in order to file for divorce in a court of law.  New York is the last state to adopt this stance, which officially makes our nation a “no-fault divorce nation”.  [...]
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What is an uncontested divorce?

An uncontested divorce is when the married couple agree that they want to get divorced, and they have reached an agreement on all issues, including occupancy or sale of the marital home, distribution of assets such as cars and bank accounts, payment of debts, custody and visitation of children, child support, maintenance (alimony) and medical insurance. [...]
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How much are the court costs?

There are no court costs in Family Court. The court costs in Supreme Court are currently $210 for an index number, $95 for a Request for Judicial Intervention, $35 to file a Stipulation, $45 to file a motion, $30 for a Note of Issue, and at least $5 for a certified copy of your judgment [...]
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Division of Marital Assets

In a divorce, the property (land, house, buildings, and items of personal property) owned (and debts owed) by the couple is divided between the parties.  You may agree to divide the property any way you like, as long as a basic fairness is maintained, and you both agree. If you cannot agree on any item [...]
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Spousal Maintenance (Alimony Support)

Under The Domestic Relations Law, Section 236, New York courts are authorized to award maintenance (the term “alimony” was changed to “maintenance” DRL 236(B)), for a definite period of time; “durational maintenance”, or “nondurational”; an award to last until death or remarriage. Durational maintenance awards: these awards are generally made on the premise that the dependent [...]
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Child Support

In New York, the amount of child support a non-custodial party pays to the custodial parent is calculated by formula established through the provisions of the “Child Support Standards Act” (CSSA). The formula is based upon a percentage of the “combined adjusted gross income” of the parents, as was or should have been reported on [...]
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