Suffolk County Divorce Attorney
Divorce & Family Law
Divorce Lawyer, New York
- Arbitration and Mediation
- Orders of Protection
- Fathers’ Rights
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Spousal Maintenance/Alimony
- Division of Assets
- Grandparents’ Rights
- Separation Agreements
- Relocation Problems
- Parental Alienation
- Pre/Post Nuptial Agreements
New York Lawyer – Suffolk County
Long Island Attorney serving clients throughout Suffolk County, NY, including the East End of Long Island from Riverhead to the Northfork and the Hamptons on the South Fork.
The Law Office of Susan A. Kassel, P. C. represents clients seeking a divorce and handles all aspects of the process whether the divorce is uncontested or contested and requires negotiated settlements or mediation to resolve areas of dispute between spouses. Contact us: (631) 738-6761
New York – A No Fault Divorce State
In October 2010, New York became the last of 50 states in the U.S. to enact no-fault divorce. No longer does the spouse who wants a divorce have to prove a specific legal breach such as adultery, abandonment, prolonged incarceration, cruel and inhumane treatment or lving separate and apart for one year or more.
New York Domestic Relations law now requires only an affidavit from one spouse stating that “the relationship between husband and wife has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months.” Contact us: (631) 738-6761
Uncontested and Contested Divorces
There are two major types of divorce in New York: uncontested and contested.
A uncontested divorce is one in which little to no disagreement exists regarding the terms of the divorce and both spouses are able to agree on aspects such as child custody, child support & visitation and distribution of property. When a divorce is uncontested, it is resolved out of court. As your divorce attorney, we will prepare the papers, and once the documents are signed by both parties, they will be submitted to the court for review. The divorce process is simple, less costly and less stressful when courtroom battles are avoided. An uncontested divorce also is granted by the courts much more quickly than a contested divorce. Contact us: (631) 738-6761
In a contested divorce, spouses are in conflict regarding aspects of the divorce and are unable to reach an agreement. In such instances, a lawsuit is filed for divorce, and if the parties cannot reach a settlement, the case will go to trial. While a settlement could still be reached during the litigation process, both spouses will need to appear in court, each party’s case will be presented by their attorney, a law guardian (lawyer) will be assigned to protect the children’s interests and other legal procedures.
The courtroom atmosphere is a much more adversarial compared to negotiations or alternative dispute resolution methods conducted outside of court. Litigation also involves significantly higher fees, is more time consuming and affords no privacy. Even when a divorce is contested, we still strive to negotiate a settlement and in many cases are able to do so. Having represented thousands of divorce cases and other family law matters, Susan Kassel is an aggressive litigator who advocates for her clients and protects their interests. Contact us: (631) 738-6761
Under certain circumstances (usually when parties are willing to discuss resolution and their disputes are of minimal intensity), mediation can be used to avoid the expense and time involved with litigation. In mediation, a neutral third party listens to both sides of the issues and guides the spouses into reaching an agreement. Mediation is conducted in an informal, private setting where cooperation and discussion is encouraged and, generally, more satisfactory settlements can be reached. Contact us: (631) 738-6761
In New York, a prenuptial agreement is viewed as a legal and binding contract entered into by a couple before marriage. Provided that the drafted premarital agreement meets all legal requirements, it will be upheld in a court of law and take precedence over state laws regarding equitable property division during divorce. Situations in which couples may benefit from a prenuptial agreement often exist when one spouse brings substantially more assets or financial means to the marriage and wishes to maintain separate ownership. Examples of circumstances in which a prenuptial agreement would be appropriate include when a party has a pension, a family trust, real estate, business assets, future income, increased business value or inheritances or wants to preserve the rights of children from a previous marriage. By establishing a prenuptial agreement, a couple can protect financial interests and avoid most issues involving property division should they divorce. A prenuptial agreement also may address divorce settlement terms regarding spousal support. The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. provides a free initial consultation to discuss divorce matters. The length of the consultation may be limited based on attorney discretion. We encourage you to explore an attorney-client relationship with our firm. Contact us: (631) 738-6761
Located in East Islip, with a satellite office in Ronkonkoma, New York, the firm serves clients throughout Suffolk County. Call our office at (631) 738-6761 to arrange a confidential consultation for divorce. Find out how an experienced divorce attorney can benefit you.
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