Family Law: An Overview

Garden City Family Attorneys

Family law covers many life situations of utmost importance to individuals and families. If you are facing a divorce and its issues of child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property division and more, having a Garden City family lawyer by your side is vital.

With a legal professional advocating for your rights and the best interests of your children, you have a much better chance at a positive outcome in your case. An attorney can also assist with such matters as adoption, grandparents' rights, paternity, issues facing LGBT couples and more. When your family and future are at stake, don't wait to enlist help fighting for the results you need. Call Edwards & Rockmore at (888) 511-9273 to get started as soon as possible.

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The Benefits of Choosing Edwards & Rockmore, P.C.

When you work with Edwards & Rockmore P.C., you have a select team of attorneys working together as advocates for your best interests. We understand the significance of the matters we are addressing and the impact the outcomes will have on your future. We will address your case with sensitivity and respect and pursue your objectives with skill and determination.

Our firm is passionate about helping our clients with all matters of family law and will work tirelessly in support of your personal goals and priorities. We offer advice and guidance regarding:

Divorce
During a divorce, there are many vital issues needing to be resolved, such as child custody, child support, property division, spousal support and more. It is vital you have a legal professional who knows the law and your rights advocating for your best interests and those of your children.

Child Custody
Child custody may perhaps be the most emotional of all divorce issues. The court decides custody matters primarily on the basis of the best interests of the children but many specific factors are considered in judging this. We can present a compelling argument on your behalf to protect your relationship with your children.

Visitation
Unless there is specific and severe evidence to the contrary, the law operates on the assumption that it is in the child's best interests to grow up in contact with both parents. The non-custodial parent is usually given visitation rights and court orders can be very specific regarding the time spent with the children.

Child Support
Per the law, both parents are equally responsible for the raising of the children and this duty does not end with a divorce. When children of the marriage are involved, either party may be ordered to pay child support to the other.

Spousal Support
Spousal support may be awarded to either party to a divorce, to be paid by the other in a specified amount and for a specified period. Many factors are taken into account by the court in deciding this matter and having legal counsel present your case gives a better chance at a positive outcome.

Grandparents' Rights
With a divorce, the grandparents' may find that their relationship with their grandchildren is jeopardized by the changed circumstances between the divorcing parties or an inconsiderate or vindictive parent. Grandparents do have rights under the law and our firm will advocate for these relentlessly.

Enforcement
If your ex-spouse is failing to abide by the terms laid out in your divorce as regards child custody, child support or spousal support, you have recourse under the law. Many specific steps can be taken to enforce compliance with the existing arrangement or orders, both administrative and with the involvement of the court.

Modifications
Either party to a divorce has the right to request modifications to custody, child support or spousal support arrangements if certain criteria are met. These include such factors as substantial change in circumstances or extreme hardship and having legal counsel presenting these arguments is invaluable.

Paternity
Paternity petitions may be filed by the mother, the man alleged to be or claiming to be the father, the child, guardian or in some cases, the Department of Social Services. A paternity case can arise for many reasons, such as its impact on child support, other benefits, custody and visitation and more.

Property Division
New York is an equitable distribution state, which does not mean that marital property will necessarily be split 50/50 but that it will be divided as fairly as possible per the estimates of the court. The laws surrounding this matter are extremely complex and having an attorney fighting to protect your assets is vital.

LGBT - Sensitive Issues in Family Law
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples of course face the same family law issues traditional couples face. The newly formed and changing laws relating to LGBT unions can, however, make this a difficult area to navigate. Our firm can assist you to understand how the law applies in your case and identify fitting solutions.

Marriage Equality Act
The Marriage Equality Act, adopted as law in mid-2011, allows same-sex couples to marry in New York State, whereas previously only same-sex marriages legally conducted elsewhere were recognized. Our firm can provide help with all issues relating to marriage and divorce for all couples.

Separation
Legal separation is often a great choice for couples who are experiencing marital troubles but are not ready to divorce. This option has many benefits, and will enable you to decide if ending your marriage is what you truly want.

Choose Our Garden City Family Attorneys - Call (888) 511-9273

With more than 25 years in practice, our experience and expertise, along with our genuine care for our clients, allows us to offer exemplary service and representation. Contact Edwards & Rockmore, P.C. today to discuss your situation and learn more about your available options.