999 Central Avenue, Suite 100-D
Woodmere, NY 11598

(516) 268-7077

Frequently Asked Questions

#1 Divorce Lawyer in New York

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long have you been practicing family law?

I have been practicing law since 2014. I graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2014 and I worked for two financial institutions before I started my own practice. These years gave me strong insight into the financial services industry and also into professional interpersonal relationships.

Have you handled legal cases similar to mine in the past?

We have handled hundreds of divorce, custody, support and alimony matters, as well as hundreds of prenups. We practice in many different fields ranging from family and matrimonial, to business and financial. Whatever your legal issues may be, if we are not the right law firm to handle your case, we will refer you to the best law firm we know.

What is your experience with divorces involving children?

We have handled many legal custody cases involving one child, cases involving nine children and everything in between. We have dealt with religious issues of all faiths. We have tried many cases where special needs children were involved.

Can you explain the divorce process in New York?

The divorce process involves several key steps. It starts with filing a divorce complaint in the appropriate court, potentially accompanied by a filing fee. After filing, the divorce papers must be served to the spouse, who then has a set timeframe to respond or file a counterclaim. Temporary orders for issues like child custody and support can be requested during the process. Both parties engage in the discovery process to exchange information and evidence. Many cases are settled through negotiation or mediation, but if no agreement is reached, a trial may be necessary for a judge to make final decisions. Once the court approves an agreement or issues a decision, a final judgment of divorce is entered, officially ending the marriage. Post-divorce matters, including property division and support enforcement, may also need to be addressed after the divorce is finalized. LEARN MORE

What is the typical timeline for a divorce case like mine?

The timeline for a divorce case in New York can vary significantly based on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the case, whether it’s contested or uncontested, the court’s docket, and whether both parties are willing to cooperate. LEARN MORE

What are the grounds for divorce in my state?

Irreconcilable differences between the spouses for at least 6 months.

What are the residency requirements for filing for divorce in my state?

To file for divorce in New York, either you or your spouse must meet the residency requirements. One of you must have lived in New York for at least one year before filing for divorce if you were married in New York, or if you have lived in New York as a married couple. If the grounds for divorce occurred in New York, either party must have lived in New York for at least one year prior to filing. However, there is an exception for couples who married in New York and one spouse has been a New York resident continuously for at least two years before filing for divorce.

How do you charge for your services? Is it hourly or a flat fee?

Hourly. For uncontested we charge a flat fee but beyond a certain amount of hours it goes to hourly.

What is your hourly rate, and do you require a retainer?

$500. Yes, a minimum of 10 hours.

Can you estimate the total cost of handling my divorce?

Divorces start at $3,500 and can cost as much as $250,000 it depends on the factors involved.

Will I be responsible for any additional expenses?

Expenses such as filing fees and process service in most divorces. LEARN MORE

Are there alternatives to litigation, such as mediation or arbitration, that you recommend?

Various alternative dispute resolution methods are available for divorcing couples. Mediation involves a neutral third-party mediator to facilitate agreements. Collaborative divorce involves negotiation with the assistance of attorneys and professionals. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator to decide divorce issues. Uncontested divorce is for couples who agree on all terms. Negotiation can be done directly or through attorneys. Online divorce services assist with paperwork. Limited scope representation provides specific legal services. Post-divorce or family mediation helps resolve ongoing disputes. Parenting coordination deals with co-parenting issues, and online dispute resolution is used in some jurisdictions for efficient dispute resolution. LEARN MORE

What is your approach to negotiating settlements?

In divorce, maintaining open communication and cooperation with your spouse is encouraged, particularly if you share children or assets. It’s vital to understand your financial situation, including assets, debts, income, and expenses, as it’s crucial for fair property division and support calculations. We work to determine the value of marital assets and create a comprehensive divorce agreement that covers property division, child custody, visitation, child support, and spousal support. We ensure the legal soundness of the agreement and its accurate representation of your intentions. If an agreement is reached outside of court, we recommend having it approved by the court to make it legally binding and enforceable. LEARN MORE

Do you have experience with high-conflict divorces?

High-conflict divorces are characterized by intense emotions, disputes over various issues, and a significant degree of acrimony between the parties involved. Our duties encompass a wide range of responsibilities and challenges. LEARN MORE

How do you communicate with your clients? Can I expect regular updates?

Effective client communication is integral to legal practice. During the initial consultation, expectations for communication frequency and channels are established. Regular updates, milestone communications, and responsiveness to client inquiries are essential. Some clients prefer scheduled meetings or written updates. In emergency situations, increased communication may be necessary. Establishing preferred communication methods and response times is crucial. Regular billing updates ensure transparency, and at the conclusion of the case, providing closure communication summarizing the outcome contributes to overall client satisfaction. LEARN MORE

What is your availability for meetings and phone calls?

To enhance accessibility, I recommend scheduling meetings or calls in advance based on your preferred dates and times. For urgent matters, immediate contact is encouraged, and I’ll strive to respond promptly. Regular case updates can be tailored to your preference, whether through routine check-ins, like monthly or bi-weekly meetings. Communication methods, be it phone, email, or in-person, can be personalized to your convenience. Recognizing the significance of timely responses, I commit to addressing emails and calls within 1 business day during regular business hours. Your preferred communication approach and scheduling needs are prioritized to ensure seamless interaction.
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How will we handle conflicts or disagreements during the divorce process?

In addressing conflicts during the divorce process, we prioritize open communication, encouraging you to express concerns while providing honest advice. Mediation and negotiation are explored as cost-effective alternatives to litigation, aiming for mutually agreeable outcomes. If needed, we discuss legal strategies, explaining potential outcomes and risks. In cases requiring litigation, we meticulously prepare your case, advocating for the best legal outcome. Child custody matters prioritize the children’s best interests, considering experts when necessary. Alternative dispute resolution methods, ethical adherence, regular updates, transparent cost management, and emotional support are integral to our commitment throughout the divorce process. LEARN MORE

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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.

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For results-oriented representation in high net worth divorce or matrimonial law proceedings, call 516-268-7077 or e-mail us at jr@rubesq.com to schedule an exploratory consultation with an attorney.

FAQ’s

  • What kind of cases do you handle?
  • Family Law Cases such as:

    – Divorce- both contested and uncontested, same sex and gray divorce

    – Custody

    – Support

    – Alimony/ Maintenance

    – Equitable Distribution

  • Intellectual Property cases such as:

    – Patents

    – Copyrights

    – Trademarks, Service Marks and Trade Dress

    – Data Privacy

    – Transactional work such as: Terms and Conditions, IP registration and enforcements and cease and desists

    – Any other IP related matter.

  • How much will my matter cost?
    • Our firm has a different philosophy than virtually any other, we try to close cases quickly. We recognize if you are happy, you will refer us clients. In most matters, it will depend on how complicated the facts and/or legal issues are and how willing the parties are to settle.
  • How does your firm have two differing specialties?
    • We spend a lot of money, time and resources to remain experts in our respective fields. Join the parties and opposing counsels who are baffled by our expertise in both areas.

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