Nassau County Divorce Lawyer

Serving all of Long Island and NY Metropolitan Area

Divorce is complicated on many levels. Not only is it a complex emotional process, but there are also various financial and legal implications of divorce as well, which is why if you are ready to begin the divorce process, you cannot do so without an experienced Nassau County divorce lawyer from Barrows Levy PLLC on your side. For decades, our legal team has dedicated itself to assisting individuals in Nassau County through a wide array of matrimonial issues, and we are ready to put that experience to work for you today. Do not hire just any attorney; hire one who truly cares about you and your family’s right to a bright, successful future, even after a divorce. Contact Barrows Levy PLLC today so you can tell us your story, and we can begin formulating the best possible strategy on your behalf.

Divorce Lawyer Serving Clients in Nassau County

When couples get divorced, they have a lot on the line. Our firm recognizes that, in many ways, your future is in our hands, which is why you have our pledge to serve you as effectively as possible. Throughout the process, our Nassau County family law attorney will provide you with the personalized and dedicated legal assistance you need, and from the moment you sit down with our firm, you will understand that you are in good hands.

Contested Divorce Vs. Uncontested Divorce

When a couple gets divorced, they will have a contested or uncontested divorce. Essentially, a contested divorce is when both spouses cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, while an uncontested divorce is when spouses can resolve all divorce-related issues on their own. Rather obviously, uncontested divorces generally are less hostile, less time-consuming, and the best option. Unfortunately, many divorces are considered contested, which entails a far more complex process.

The Divorce Process in New York

If you are ready to file for a divorce, the first step is fulfilling the residency requirement, which allows the court to establish jurisdiction. Essentially, in New York State, you must prove one of the following:

  • You or your spouse have lived in New York for at least two years without interruption.
  • You or your spouse have lived in New York the year before your divorce case, and you either got married in New York, live in New York as a married couple, or the grounds for your divorce occurred in New York State.
  • That both you and your spouse are NYS residents on the day of filing for divorce

Grounds for Divorce in NYS

From here, you will have to cite grounds for divorce. New York State is a “no-fault” state, meaning you can cite fault grounds or declare an “irretrievable breakdown for 6 months or more before the commencement of the action for divorce.” In most cases, citing an irretrievable breakdown is best (meaning filing a no-fault divorce), as citing fault grounds will allow your spouse to rebut your accusations, often resulting in a longer, costlier, and more hostile process. However, if you wish to cite fault grounds, you may do so. Fault grounds in New York are as follows:

  • Abandonment
  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Confinement in prison or a mental hospital for three or more consecutive years.

Once you file a Complaint for Divorce, which includes the grounds for your divorce and any ancillary relief requested (e.g., child support, child custody, etc., until the divorce is finalized), the divorce papers will be served on your spouse.

Discovery

Once the Complaint has been filed, the court will request that you and your spouse submit various financial documents to give the court a clearer picture of your financial situation. You and your spouse must fully disclose each of your assets. Once you’ve done so, you will attend a Compliance Conference, wherein the court will determine whether any pre-trial motions are necessary, including whether you or your spouse requires temporary child support, alimony, or financial assistance paying court-related fees. These are just some of the issues that must be addressed before a divorce is finalized, as a divorce can take months or over a year.

Need Help with a Divorce Trial in Nassau County?

A lawyer from Barrows Levy can help. Once the trial commences, the court will analyze various aspects of your and your spouse’s lives and ultimately determine the outcome of your divorce, including alimony settlements, child custody agreements, child support agreements, property distribution, and more. At this point, the court will issue a Judgment of Divorce, which includes all of the aforementioned terms of your divorce, among others.

As you can see, divorce is often quite complicated, so you cannot hire just any attorney to represent you at such a critical point in your life. Our firm has handled countless divorce cases over the years, and we are ready to do everything we can to handle yours as well. Give a Nassau County divorce lawyer from our firm a call today.

Contact a Nassau County Divorce Attorney

The bottom line is that when a person gets divorced, they need an attorney who truly cares about how the outcome of their divorce will impact their lives and their family. We know that this is a pivotal point in your life, which is why we are dedicated to serving you to the best of our ability, from start to finish. Our firm proudly helps clients throughout Nassau County and New York State, including in  Garden City, Hempstead, Uniondale, East Meadow, Elmont, Bellmore, Brookville, East Hills, Great Neck, Manhasset, Massapequa, Merrick, Mineola, Old Westbury, Rockville Centre, Roslyn, Massapequa Park, Roslyn Heights, Jericho, East Massapequa, Port Washington, Roslyn Harbor, Syosset, and Wantagh. We also represent clients in North Merrick, Old Brookville, Upper Brookville, Muttontown, Plainview, Old Bethpage, Levittown, Hicksville, Westbury, Oceanside, New Hyde Park, Bethpage, Locust Valley, Oyster Bay, Seaford, Glen Head, Freeport, Glen Cove, Baldwin, Mineola, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Sands PointFarmingdale, North Farmingdale, South Farmingdale, Woodbury, Long Beach, and Kings Point. Barrows Levy PLLC also assists clients in Malverne, Lynbrook, East Rockaway, Hewlett, Woodmere, and Williston Park. Contact Barrows Levy PLLC today to schedule your initial consultation with our firm.

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