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The Law Offices of Alan L. Finkel.

Divorce & Family Law Attorney in Greenlawn, New York

Divorce can be a difficult process. Whether you’re in a situation in which you need to serve your spouse or have been served with divorce papers, or you and your spouse are in mutual agreement about pursuing a divorce but cannot find acceptable terms for the outcome, finding an attorney who can thoughtfully an swiftly handle your family law matter is key to taking steps toward your future and protecting you and your family.

It is important to know that even if you and your spouse are in agreement of the terms of your divorce, there is a slew of legal paperwork to complete, sign, and file in order for your divorce to be finalized and recognized by the state of New York.

If you are in a contested divorce wherein you and your spouse are not in agreement about the terms of your asset division, child custody, or the very essence of your legal relationship status, the process becomes even more complicated.

In any case, you may be seeking legal representation or advice to navigate the events to come and the litigation that will follow. Whatever your situation, trusted and experienced divorce & family law lawyer, Alan L. Finkle, in Greenlawn, NY is here to help.

Here are three things to consider when seeking legal advice from a family lawyer in Greenlawn, New York.

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How Do I Protect My Assets When Seeking A Divorce?

The division of assets is one of the most important, contentious, and complicated aspects of any divorce.

As a part of the divorce process, achieving an agreement to the terms of the divorce and the distribution of marital property between each party is the most ideal situation, as it avoids additional legal expenses and is the quickest way to resolve your divorce proceedings.

However, it can be difficult to reach agreements on these important family law matters when tensions are already high or there are differences of opinion.

Because Greenlawn is located in New York which is a state that recognizes equitable distribution of asset laws, it is important to seek out a family law attorney who can knowledgeably guide you through the process of identifying and valuing your assets in order for them to be fairly considered by a judge to aid in securing a just outcome for your future.

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What Are Spousal Support Agreements And Spousal Maintenance Agreements?

When pursuing a divorce, you may be curious about whether or not you are entitled to spousal support, more commonly referred to as “alimony”.

In New York, spousal support or “alimony” agreements that are put in place after a divorce is finalized are referred to as “spousal maintenance” agreements. If there is a spousal support agreement in place before a divorce case is initiated, it will end at the time the divorce is finalized. This is nearly always the case, except for when a final judgment of divorce specifically includes the spousal support in its terms, in which case it becomes spousal maintenance.

Spousal maintenance is a payment made from one spouse to another, and can occur during divorce litigation and after the divorce is finalized. It is generally considered appropriate in situations where the financial gap between the two individuals in a matter of divorce litigation is significant, and the spousal maintenance will enable or aid the spouse with a lower income to become financially independent.

According to New York state laws, spousal support is always paid by the spouse which receives a higher annual income, regardless of the gender of that individual.

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What Do I Need Child Care Agreements, Child Support, Child Custody, And Visitation Rights?

Divorce is, in and of itself, an intense process. When you are seeking a divorce or legal separation and your child is involved, the nature of the way you pursue litigation becomes notably different. Many people find themselves struggling with how to frame and structure their parental responsibilities when going through a divorce.

Child custody procedures in New York are particularly complex, and when the wellbeing of you and your child or children is in question, the most comforting and useful thing to have on hand is the support of an experienced family law attorney who can protect your rights as a parent and navigate the complexities of parenting plans and custody agreements.

If you have children and are seeking a divorce in Greenlawn, NY, contact a trusted family law firm for a consultation today.

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