Family Law: An Overview
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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 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.
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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
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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.
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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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Contact Edwards & Rockmore, P.C. today to discuss your situation and learn more about your available options.