Scarsdale Family & Divorce Lawyer
Making the decision to get a divorce is one of the hardest things you may ever have to do in your life. However, it may be one of the best decisions you make as well. But starting out fresh can only be accomplished if you work with an attorney who advocates for your rights: equitable division of marital assets, and fair decisions surrounding child support, spousal support, and child custody. In addition to divorce, the Law Office of Robert S. Sunshine, P.C. also handles paternity testing, enforcing court orders, modifications, orders of protection for domestic violence victims, and prenuptial agreements. Whatever your family law or divorce dispute may entail, you can be assured our Scarsdale family & divorce lawyers are equipped to take it on.
Division of Marital Assets
All marital assets (assets and debt acquired during the course of the marriage) are subject to equitable division. Factors used when determining how these assets should be distributed include the length of the marriage, the financial and non-financial contributions each spouse made, the health of each spouse, the liquid or non-liquid characteristics of the assets, and more.
When parents cannot reach an agreement on their own, through negotiation, or through mediation, the court will end up having to make a decision about custody for them. The court only takes into account what is in the child’s best interests. As such, a court will ask the following questions, and more:
- Where has the child been living?
- Is one parent better equipped to raise the child?
- Will the parents be able to communicate with one another?
- Does either parent have a history of abuse, drugs, or alcohol addiction?
- What are the parent’s work schedules?
Child support is based on each parent’s income, the child’s expenses, the number of children that are receiving child support, and the custodial obligations of each parent.
Spousal support is determined in a similar manner as the division of marital assets. The following factors are taken into account when determining if spousal support is necessary, and if so, how much and what type:
- Income and property of each spouse
- Age and health of each party
- Length of the marriage
- The current and projected earning capacity of each party
- Sacrifices the lower earning spouse made for the other party
- Ability of the receiving spouse to earn an income and be self sufficient
- Educational or vocational needs of the lower earning spouse
Our Scarsdale Family Law & Divorce Lawyers Can Help You Today
In addition to divorce matters, we also handle cases involving domestic violence, paternity testing, enforcement of court orders, modifications of orders, and the creation of prenuptial agreements. Choosing the right attorney can have a long-term impact on your future. The Scarsdale family law and divorce lawyer at the Law Office of Robert S. Sunshine, P.C. will devote the appropriate time and energy into your case; our goal is to see you succeed. Call us today at 845-735-1300 to schedule a free consultation.