Experienced White Plains Divorce Lawyer Protects Your Rights
Westchester County firm helps residents navigate New York’s marriage dissolution laws
Divorce is difficult in many ways, and the process can have serious physical, emotional and financial effects. The stress and conflict is often magnified when substantial assets are involved. Located in White Plains, Martin J. Rosen, P.C. works to make sure clients receive knowledgeable counsel from a family lawyer who has more than 50 years of experience delivering strong advocacy to New Yorkers. Mr. Rosen helps clients overcome their challenges and move forward, pursuing amicable resolutions whenever possible to avoid the expense of litigation.
Understanding the terms of divorce
Whether your divorce is relatively friendly or hotly contested, you need a capable family law attorney to help protect your rights. Mr. Rosen will help you understand each facet of the divorce process, including:
- Division of property — You may wait for a courtroom trial to determine the distribution of property or resolve the division of the marital estate on your own. Whatever your circumstance, Martin J. Rosen conducts a detailed analysis to help ensure that you and your children receive fair treatment.
- Child custody and visitation — Whether you need to create a parenting plan to determine the terms of custody or have questions about an appropriate visitation schedule, Mr. Rosen can help ensure that these decisions meet court requirements by serving the best interests of your children.
- Child support — Nothing is more important than ensuring the best future for your children. Martin J. Rosen assists with child support orders so your children’s financial needs are met after the divorce.
- Maintenance (alimony) — Not every divorce includes terms for spousal support, but dissolving a marriage should not disadvantage one partner financially. Attorney Rosen works closely with you to identify your needs and negotiate an equitable settlement whether you are the receiving spouse or the one tasked with payments.
Clients in Westchester County and throughout the Hudson Valley rely on Rosen and his firm for skillful representation and exceptional service. Mr. Rosen will answer your questions and work diligently in pursuit of a successful outcome.
The divorce process in New York
Divorce isn’t just the end of a personal relationship, but a serious proceeding where legal formalities must be observed. In New York, at least one of the parties must have lived within the state for a year or more to be able to file for divorce. If you and your spouse have reached consensus at the outset of your case, the marriage might be dissolved in three months or less. On the other hand, if there are disagreements about certain aspects of your divorce, the process can take six months or more if the case goes to trial. New York no longer requires a party filing for divorce to allege fault on their spouse’s part. Pleading that the marriage is irretrievably broken is sufficient.
Attorney advocates for spouses in contested divorces
New York’s marriage dissolution process typically begins with one partner serving the other with a summons for divorce. The party receiving the summons may then choose to contest or not contest the divorce. A contested divorce requires court hearings to decide disputed issues such as child support and maintenance, though the parties will have many opportunities to negotiate a resolution. You need a skilled divorce attorney to handle a contested divorce proceeding from this point. In certain instances, you might require an interim relief motion for temporary support to ensure your well-being while the divorce is pending. There will also be discovery, which involves an exchange of information in anticipation of hearings on complex issues such as property division and custody.
Legal counselor helps individuals successfully navigate uncontested divorce
A truly uncontested divorce is one in which you and your spouse agree on all financial, child custody, support and property division issues and you both consent to the divorce. There’s nothing to negotiate, so an uncontested divorce can proceed quickly. It truly is the least stressful of divorce options. If you can agree on most major issues but still need to negotiate on others, mediation before a qualified neutral third party may be the best way to proceed.
Contact an experienced White Plains divorce lawyer to help you move forward
Serving clients from Westchester County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Martin J. Rosen, P.C. helps clients who are going through all types of divorce proceedings. Call 914-761-6300 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. The firm is located on Main Street in White Plains, across the street from the Galleria mall.