Long Island Divorce Lawyer
Divorce is the legal termination of a marriage that involves numerous critical decisions and complex formalities. At the Law Office of Joshua Adam Kittenplan, we are equipped with the expertise and understanding to navigate these complexities. Our many years of experience serving clients in Nassau County and Commack uniquely positions our Long Island divorce lawyer to represent your interests in negotiations, mediation, or court, ensuring the process aligns with your needs and protects your rights.
Divorce is a significant decision with far-reaching impacts on your life. Navigating this complex process requires the support of an experienced and dedicated attorney. At the Law Office of Joshua Adam Kittenplan, we offer a no-cost, confidential consultation to understand your concerns and provide expert guidance.
The Divorce Process in New York
New York’s residency requirement stipulates that at least one spouse must have been a resident of the state for a minimum of two years to file for divorce, or one year if the marriage occurred in the state, or if the couple resided in New York as a married unit, or if the grounds for divorce took place within state boundaries. If both spouses are New York residents and the grounds for divorce happened in the state, the residency requirement is satisfied.
The divorce process is initiated with one spouse filing a summons and complaint in the local county court (Supreme Court). These documents should outline the grounds for divorce and the desired outcomes. Upon receiving the summons and complaint, the other spouse files an answer, either agreeing with or disputing the claims, and stating their desired results from the divorce.
Despite being the last state to recognize no-fault divorce, New York retains fault-based grounds for divorce. For a no-fault divorce, evidence of an irretrievable breakdown in the marriage for at least six months is required. Furthermore, all issues related to marital property, child custody, and support must be resolved.
Throughout the process, the court implements automatic orders requiring the parties to maintain the status quo while matters like property and support are settled. To aid this process, both parties must provide detailed financial disclosures. Temporary maintenance (alimony) can be ordered unless it was waived in a valid prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.
How Our Expert Long Island Divorce Lawyer Can Help
A divorce alters your legal rights in profound ways. Thus, it is crucial not to proceed without expert legal counsel. Our skilled team at the Law Office of Joshua Adam Kittenplan ensures your rights are protected throughout the process and into the future. We devote time to listen to your concerns and tailor our representation to your needs, ensuring you receive the personal attention you deserve. We provide expert guidance on crucial matters such as:
- Post-divorce maintenance
- Equitable distribution of marital property
- Child support
- Child custody
An Attorney Who Understands Your Concerns and Needs
Family law matters are deeply personal and unique to each individual. Our approach is rooted in understanding your needs and devising personalized strategies that respect your distinctive family dynamics. As a skilled Long Island divorce lawyer, Joshua Adam Kittenplan uses his experience from prestigious New York matrimonial law firms and private practice to help you meet your most pressing family law needs, so call us today for a free consultation.