Divorce & Family Law

We offer compassionate representation for divorcing and separating spouses in the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island. For more than 23 years we have helped clients successfully navigate the complications of the divorce process. It is important to work with a knowledgeable, experienced firm that understands the intricacies of the local legal system, whether you anticipate an amicable split or a messy divorce. We’ll provide the guidance and support you need.

Approaches to Divorce: The Role of a New York Divorce Attorney

Most people associate divorce with courtroom drama. In reality, most divorcing spouses prefer to resolve their differences in a more prompt and peaceful manner, including mediation.

In mediation, a neutral third party helps separating spouses work through their differences while maintaining a spirit of cooperation. Mediation participants may consult with independent attorneys.

Despite their best efforts, some couples simply cannot reach an agreement and must have their day in Court. The right New York divorce attorney can effectively guide clients through the complexities of litigation-based divorce and make the process as efficient and stress-free as possible.

Filing For Divorce in New York

It is important to meet with a trusted attorney prior to filing for divorce. Your attorney can help you determine whether you fulfill the filing requirements mandated by New York and what approach (either at-fault or no-fault) best fits your needs.

Sometimes settlement cannot be agreed upon and a Judge must decide after a trial. As compassionate attorneys this painful process can be worked through with communication and attorney client cooperation. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about divorce in New York.

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Requirements for Divorce in New York

There are two basic types of divorce in New York: contestedand uncontested. Generally speaking, uncontested divorce is less expensive and less time-consuming. In short, uncontested divorce applies to couples who mutually agree to divorce and share opinions on the terms of the divorce, such as alimony, child support, asset division, debt allocation, etc.

Residency Requirements
You must meet the residency requirements outlined in the New York Domestic Relations Law. In most cases, a couple meets this requirement because one or both parties in the divorce are a resident of New York and the couple married in the state. These same requirements apply to people who want to annul
their marriage.
Grounds for Divorce
As of 2010, New York is a “no-fault divorce” state; however, you still need a reason for your divorce. This can include cruel treatment, abandonment, prison, adultery, separation, or an irretrievably broken relationship between the husband and wife, commonly called no-fault divorce. If one or more of these elements exists, you meet this requirement under Domestic Relations Law § 170.

child custody lawyers NYC

Child custody is often the most contentious aspect of the process, particularly when parents disagree as to who should make major decisions going forward and where their children should live. In some cases, these issues can be settled through mediation or consent, but litigation may be necessary. No matter which approach is best for you and your children, you can benefit from working with a respected child custody attorney. At the Law Office of Frank Bruno, Jr., we provide high-quality counsel in the interest of promoting a positive future for our clients and their families.

New York courts make child custody decisions based on what is in the “best interests of the child.” While a variety of factors may be considered, the overall goal is for the children to maintain strong relationships with both parents, when appropriate.

Children may have a significant say in custody decisions, particularly as they get older. Younger children’s wishes are considered but the age and maturity of a child will affect how much consideration will be given. Children may change their mind multiple times or fail to express a clear opinion. In such circumstances, other factors take precedence.

When one parent holds primary physical custody (sometimes called residential custody), the other is typically responsible for paying child support. Even if the parents share physical custody, one may still be required to pay support. In these situations, under the New York’s Child Supports Standards Act, the parent with the higher income is deemed the non-custodial parent and may be required to pay child support. Your lawyer can play a key role in securing mutually beneficial custody and support agreements that promote the best possible upbringing for your children.

The sooner you get in touch with a trusted child custody attorney, the better. We understand the complexities of child custody law, and what it takes to secure a favorable custody resolution. Reach out today to learn how we can assist you with your custody concerns and other divorce matters.

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