Long Island Divorce FAQ
How can I get a divorce?
Long Island family law attorney at our firm will review your situation and reason for filing for
divorce and advise you accordingly. In the past, you actually had to establish
grounds for divorce in New York. On August 15th, 2010, Governor Paterson signed into law a new bill that now grants no-fault
divorce. This means that spouses can divorce based on irreconcilable differences.
Now that the state's divorce laws allow for no-fault divorce, the
primary objective of your attorney will be to determine the best strategy
in order to help you work out such issues as
property division in your best interests.
What if my spouse wants a divorce but I don't?
We can help you defend against a divorce if you have been served with papers.
Many parties want to work things out or have other reasons why they prefer
to stay together.
How can I get a separation agreement?
Prior to August of 2010, New Yorkers could only file for divorce based
upon specific grounds. One of these was the conversion of a
separation agreement. A separation agreement can allow you to obtain a conversion divorce after
one year living pursuant to this contract. This also often reduces the
expense and litigation associated because it gives the parties a time
to test the waters and see what works and what does not.
Can you help me get custody or visitation?
We are recognized professionals in custody and visitation matters, especially
in complex cases involving
grandparents. We work in all of the courts and are well respected by all of the judges
and court-appointed attorneys. We know the ins and outs of the system
and how to bring the strongest case with the most up-to-date laws.
Do fathers have equal rights with mothers?
The law is getting there. When a father wants visitation and / or custody,
what is in the best interest of the child will be the primary concern.
There remains, however, some preference that mothers are nature's
caregivers and fathers are often on somewhat unequal footing in custody
and visitation disputes. Our attorneys are recognized in fathers'
rights issues, and a case can depend on choosing the right attorney because
the laws in this field are constantly changing.
Do grandparents have visitation or custody rights?
Generally, yes. The courts are certainly recognizing the special bonds
that can exist between grandparent and grandchild, and obtaining standing
to bring a petition is quite easy. The court will then look at what is
in the child's best interest and may award visitation or even custody
depending on the situation involving the parents who may be deceased or
incompetent to care for their own child. You will be hard-pressed to find
attorneys with more grandparents' rights experience than at our firm
as we are regular speakers at national and local grandparents' rights
organizational meetings and have been interviewed repeatedly by the press
on this topic.
Find out more about family law matters in Long Island, Nassau County, Queens
and Suffolk Counties by
contacting The Virdone Law Firm, P.C. today.