Experienced Family Lawyers in NYC
Legal issues related to family relationships are invariably fraught with emotion and can be incredibly personal. In many cases, the outcome of disputes related to family law can have a direct and profound impact on the most important aspects of your life, including your finances, your living arrangements, and even your ability to spend time with your children. For this reason, if you are involved in a dispute related to family law, you need to do everything you can to protect your legal rights, starting with retaining an experienced attorney to represent you. The representation of a lawyer will ensure that your case is resolved as favourably as possible and allow you to stop communicating with adverse parties directly if you so choose.
What Do We offer?
At the Levoritz Law Firm, we are qualified to work with you on any matter related to family law. In addition, we are available to represent you whether you are in the midst of an adversarial divorce or are seeking a modification to your existing post-divorce arrangement. Some of the specific issues that we can help with are discussed in more detail below.
Legal Child Custody
Legal child custody refers to the ability to make important decisions about a child’s life, such as decisions about the child’s education, religious upbringing, and medical care. Importantly, parents can have legal custody without any physical custody.
Physical Child Custody
Physical child custody refers to the legal right to have your child live with you. In many divorce cases, parents share physical custody and have an arrangement where they share custody relatively evenly. In others, however, one parent will have “visitation” rights while the other parent is the primary custodial parent.
According to the New York Government, child support refers to payments made by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent. The amount of child support that the non-custodial parent pays is determined by a formula that takes into account of money the amount of money the non-custodial parent makes, spousal support, the number of children the couple has, and other factors. Importantly, however, judges have substantial discretion in making determinations regarding child support, so if you are involved in a child custody dispute, it’s important to have an attorney represent you.
Child neglect occurs when a parent or other caretaker does not adequately provide for a child’s basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, medical care, or fails to provide the degree of supervision required to ensure that the child is safe. Child neglect can be grounds for denying parent custody of a child or modifying an existing custody order.
Spousal maintenance, which is sometimes referred to as “alimony,” is maintenance that is paid from one party to another after the marriage has ended. Judges have significant discretion when making determinations about the amount and duration of spousal maintenance and will consider the couple’s standard of living during the marriage as well as certain factors that they must consider by law.
Under New York law, spouses have a duty to support one another. For this reason, while a couple is still married, one spouse can seek spousal support from the other spouse. Spousal support is often sought by a lower-earning (or non-earning) spouse while a divorce is pending. When making a determination about spousal support, the court will thoroughly evaluate the couple’s financial situation in order to determine an appropriate amount of support. Once a spousal support order is entered, it will continue for as long as the couple is married unless one party successfully petitions the court to modify or terminate it.
New York is an equitable distribution state, which means that courts divide property equitably between divorcing spouses. The court considers a variety of factors when determining an equitable distribution of the marital estate, including the length of the marriage, each spouse’s financial situation, whether there was waste of the marital assets by either spouse, the spouses probably future financial circumstances, and any other factor the court expressly finds to a just and proper consideration.
Fathers often have particular concerns regarding custody in divorce proceedings, particularly when they are the family breadwinner and their spouse has an established caretaker role. Fortunately, the representation of an experienced attorney can help protect your parental rights and ensure that you are able to maintain a meaningful and rewarding relationship with your children.
Contact our Family Lawyers Today!
If you are going through a divorce, believe one may be around the corner, or would like to change your existing custody or support arrangement, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. At the Levoritz Law Firm, we are committed to helping individuals with legal needs related to family law and zealously pursue the best possible outcome in each case we handle. New York City family law attorney Yonatan Levoritz has been practicing law since 2005 and has an impressive track record of success handling difficult and complex cases. To schedule a consultation with a New York City family law attorney, call our office today at 718-942-4004 or contact us online.