Dobbs Ferry Family & Divorce Lawyer
Divorce is a pivotal moment in most people’s lives. It can present an opportunity for a clean slate, or it can drag you down and keep you from moving forward, depending on the outcome. With so much at stake, it is in your best interest to find an attorney who genuinely cares about you and your family, and will devote time and resources into your case. A Dobbs Ferry family & divorce lawyer at the Law Office of Robert S. Sunshine, P.C. have assisted clients in divorce and other family law matters for over 25 years, and can help you in your transition towards a better life and future.
Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets
Like many states, New York is an equitable distribution state, meaning that all marital assets are distributed between the two spouses equitably, or fairly. This does not necessarily mean evenly. Characteristics of the marriage that determine who gets how much include the income of each spouse, the non-financial contributions to the marriage or household that each spouse made, the duration of the marriage, and the liquid or non-liquid nature of the marital assets. Marital assets include everything acquired during the marriage, including debt, bank accounts, pensions, retirement funds, and real property.
Child Custody and the Creation of a Parenting Plan
While many studies have shown that children benefit the most by having frequent interactions with both parents, this is simply not possible in every case. If a parent plans to move to another city, does not have enough time to devote to caring for their child, or has a history of domestic abuse, the court may need to give just one of the parents legal and/or physical custody. Custody disputes are some of the most complicated issues revolving around divorce, and you need an attorney who knows how to protect your rights.
Child support and spousal support are payments to the custodial parent and the lower earning spouse, respectively. While child support is based on each parent’s income and the number of children being supported, spousal support takes into account other factors, such as the receiving spouse’s ability to become financially self-reliant.
Other Family Law Matters We Handle
- Domestic violence
- Enforcement of court orders
- Modification of court orders
- Paternity testing
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
A Dobbs Ferry Family Law & Divorce Attorney is Here to Help
Whether you have a decent relationship with your spouse or not, it is always advisable to contact an attorney about your case before signing the divorce papers. In contested divorce, it is essential that you are represented by a highly qualified divorce attorney who has substantial experience in the courtroom. If you are planning on getting a divorce, wish to modify an existing court order, need assistance proving the father’s identity in order to secure child support, or require assistance in any other family law matter, look no further than the Law Office of Robert S. Sunshine, P.C. Call us today at 845-735-1300 to schedule a free consultation.