Sleepy Hollow Family & Divorce Lawyer
Family law encompasses all disputes that might arise in family court, from divorce to paternity testing. The Sleepy Hollow family & divorce lawyers at the Law Office of Robert S. Sunshine, P.C. have been practicing family law for over a quarter century and have the experience and knowledge to represent you in any of the following cases.
Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets
In New York, a married couple’s bank accounts, house, pensions, debt, and other assets are considered marital property so long as those assets were acquired (or gained value) during the course of the marriage. As such, all of these assets are subject to equitable division during divorce.
Whether you are the potential paying or receiving spouse, it is important to receive a favorable outcome concerning spousal support, or alimony. Spousal support can have a long-term impact on your finances, in a good or bad way depending on the settlement agreement or court order.
Child support is based on the income and wealth of each parent, the child’s specific needs, and the number of children receiving support. It is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. If custody is shared, the higher earning spouse may still be required to provide child support.
Child custody comes in the following forms:
- Sole legal custody (only one parent has decision making rights)
- Joint legal custody (both parents have decision making rights)
- Sole physical custody (the child lives with one parent more than 50 percent of the time)
- Joint physical custody (the child lives with both parents equally)
- Visitation rights
Domestic violence victims may be able to find some relief from the perpetrator by petitioning the court for an order of protection (restraining order), which can last from weeks to years in length.
Enforcement of Court Orders
Not all parties go along with court orders of child support, custody, or alimony. We can help ensure that the other party is held accountable for their actions.
Modification of Court Orders
Because no one’s living, financial, health, or work situation remains stagnant for their entire lives, court orders can be modified. This can provide relief if a parent loses a job, for example.
DNA paternity testing is an essentially 100 percent accurate method of determining the child’s biological father. Paternity testing can be used by the mother to secure child support, or by the father to gain custody or visitation rights.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
By drafting a pre or postnuptial agreement, potential financial disputes can be avoided in the event of divorce. Many people use prenups to gain a sense of security in their marriage.
Call a Sleepy Hollow Family Law and Divorce Lawyer Today
Individuals going through divorce and seeking fair division of assets, those who wish to modify a child support order, and mothers requesting DNA testing can all be greatly benefited by working closely with a Sleepy Hollow family law and divorce lawyer. Do not hesitate to call the Law Office of Robert S. Sunshine, P.C. today at 845-735-1300 to schedule a free consultation.