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Divorce

Divorce Lawyer in Long Island, NY

In some situations, divorcing couples cannot resolve conflict through mediation or negotiations. Such cases must be litigated. Although litigation is most costly and often the least efficient way of resolution, it is sometimes the only option.

Evaluations

Where there are real properties, businesses, professional practices or other tangible or intangible assets that are considered relevant to the marriage, professional evaluators are often retained, at the parties’ expense, to do the necessary appraisals or valuations. In the case of contested custody matters, forensic psychological experts may be retained, also at the parties’ expense, to evaluate the family situation with an eye to a court decision on custody, visitation and other parental matters. In contested custody cases, a law guardian may also be appointed to represent the interests of the children in the lawsuit.

Discovery

Discovery is the exchange, usually after formal written requests, of financial records of all types. It can also involve some investigatory work where one party suspects that the other is not “coming clean.” Discovery also usually includes depositions, which are oral examinations under oath of each party and sometimes of third-party witnesses. In heavily litigated cases, discovery can be lengthy and costly.

Support and Parenting Access Schedules

At the beginning of litigation there are usually issues relating to the support of one spouse and/or children during the lawsuit. Such expenses as insurance, medical care, child care, school expenses, and the like also must be addressed. In addition, parenting time with children during the lawsuit must be arranged.

All above matters, as well as other matters such as abusive behavior, contested occupancy of the marital residences, travel arrangements, and the like, can sometimes be resolved by negotiation. But often, motions are necessary. Motions are applications on papers made to the judge assigned to the case and resolved, after the filing of papers and oral argument, based on decisions issued by the judge. Such motions take much attorney’s time and can be very costly.

Trial

Once discovery and evaluations are completed, if the case is not settled, it is set for trial. Trial may take place before the judge assigned to the case or before a Special Referee to whom all or some of the contested financial issues may be assigned. Depending on the complexity of the issues, trial can take weeks or even years to complete. After trial, many judges require post-trial briefs by the parties’ attorneys in which they argue why the facts proven at trial should lead to a decision in favor of their respective clients. An appeal to the Appellate Division and, in rare cases, a further appeal to the state’s highest court, the court of appeals, is also available.

Skillful, Experienced and Effective Divorce Litigation Attorneys

In litigation, the skill, experience and effectiveness of the attorneys are of paramount importance. The attorneys representing you should possess the ability to clearly educate clients. They should have a thorough knowledge of the law and of procedure and evidence. They should have the ability to unravel complex financial issues. And they should be able to authoritatively and convincingly to present your case to the court.

High Net Worth Divorces

First, we understand, then we win

A high-net-worth today is a divorce involving multi-million dollars in net liquid assets. The Rubinstein Law Firm is your place for such divorce cases. Such divorces usually entail distinctive hurdles primarily related to the categorization, valuation, and distribution of the couple’s assets.

Splitting Assets

Before You Can Move Forward With Separation, You Must Meet The State’s Residency Requirements. Below Is The Primary Process:

  1. Identify all assets;
  2. Identify each asset as either marital, separate, or a combination;
  3. Evaluate the marital facets of each asset; and
  4. Distribute matrimonial assets equitably between the parties, while accounting for tax considerations.

The Rubinstein Law Firm acts as aggressive and creative advocates to carry our adeptness as well as our care for our clients enduring such financial and familial pressure during a highly upsetting time. We settle for nothing less than A+ results. We will give you the personalized attention you deserve.

We examine the many challenging issues in high asset divorce proceedings, including:

  • Assessing the business interests of one spouse
  • Reassessment of estate planning
  • Deviation from guidelines for child support and alimony
  • Assessment of tax implications of income or gains through property division
  • Valuation of retirement assets including IRAs, 401(k) plans, pensions

We pursue property settlements when practical through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution to mitigate the financial and emotional toll of courtroom processes. No matter what, we relentlessly advocate for our client’s interests at trial and appeal.

Contact Us

For results-oriented representation in high net worth divorce or matrimonial law proceedings, call 516-268-7077 or e-mail us at [email protected] to schedule an exploratory consultation with an attorney.

LGBTQ

Marital property and same-sex divorce

The legal process for same-sex marriage is similar as applied to valuation and distribution of marital assets. However, as judges have seen less of this process as a newer adaptation, you need an attorney who understands the court system and has much specialized experience.

Further, it is crucial to have legal counsel represent you who has a firm understanding of civil rights issues that can arise; this is often due to the law’s belated recognition of same-sex marriage, which left couples in limbo while politicians and judges disputed a question of fundamental civil rights.

Many same-sex couples collect considerable wealth before marriage, which skews the valuation and distribution of marital property, or simply confuses what is marital property. notably, absent a prenuptial agreement, if you want this done right, you’ve come to the right place.

Child custody factors in a same-sex marriage

In the event a same-sex marriage ends in divorce, there are a few key factors when determining child custody. these factors are centered around how the child entered the relationship, including:

  • If your child was born into your marriage, custody is rather simple. In these cases, both spouses are typically considered legal guardians of the child.
  • If you adopted together and both parents are on the adoption paperwork as guardians, there should not be an issue with custody.
  • If the child predated the marriage, split custody is unlikely.

FAQ’s

  • What grounds do I need to file for divorce?
    • New York is a no-fault jurisdiction which means the most commonly cited cause is IRRETRIEVABLE BREAKDOWN IN RELATIONSHIP. So, for example, if your spouse had adultery, it is not really relevant to the actual divorce grounds.
  • Do I file a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce?
    • Uncontested means both parties agree to sign a settlement outside of court and are relatively close in terms of what they want in the terms.
  • How much does the divorce process cost?
    • Uncontested divorces are considerably cheaper, the range is between $1,000-$3,000 depending on complexity. For a contested divorce, it will depend on how willing the spouses are to work together, if so, it can cost as little as $7,000 but if there is excessive fighting the divorce can last years and the sky is the limit.
  • How long before I am officially divorced?
    • Fortunately, NY is not a state that requires a separation period. So as long as you and your spouse have been married for at least 6 months and are an NY resident, you can begin the process immediately. If the divorce is not contested it can be completed in as fast as two months and may take as long as eight months. If the divorce is contested and the parties find it challenging to agree, divorce can go on for many years.

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