Key Divorce Terms | The Basics of Divorce in New York State

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Are you about to get divorced? If so, you most likely have lots of questions and a lot on your mind. Below, our legal team has outlined some of the most important divorce terms to give you a basic outline of what you can expect from the process. Read on and reach out to a Nassau County divorce lawyer from Barrows Levy PLLC today to learn more.

Key Divorce Terms in New York State

Some of the most common divorce-related terms are as follows:

  • Alimony: Often, one spouse will owe the other alimony payments, also known as spousal support, for a period of time after a divorce. Alimony is meant to help a financially dependent spouse become financially independent in the future, and because of this, alimony is not meant to be permanent.
  • Property Distribution: Courts will identify all property they considered to be marital property and divide it between the spouses. This process is known as equitable distribution, though it’s worth noting that equitable distribution seldom results in a 50/50 split of assets, so it’s always best to have a competent attorney on your side.
  • Child Custody: Child custody is perhaps the most important divorce-related issue to parents, as every good parent wants to play an active and significant role in their child’s life. If you’re looking to obtain sole custody, or your spouse is and you wish to, at the very least, retain legal custody of your child, our legal team is here to help.
  • Child Support: Many parents will require child support payments to afford to raise their children. The bottom line is that even non-custodial parents are required to contribute financially to any child they have, and if you’re a divorcing parent, child support will most likely be a part of your divorce.
  • Marital Agreements: Certain marital agreements, such as prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, can help protect your assets from a divorce. In either of these agreements, (prenuptial is drafted before a marriage, postnuptial is drafted after) you can clearly state which spouse is entitled to certain assets, such as their home, vehicles, and more.

If you have any questions about how divorce works in New York State or you need a seasoned Nassau County family law attorney on your side, simply pick up the phone and give us a call today.


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