Long Island Marriage & Divorce Lawyers
The attorneys at Blodnick, Fazio & Clark know that going through a divorce is an emotionally difficult time. When there are children and assets involved, the divorce process can become increasingly difficult. The firm handles all aspects of matrimonial and family law litigation, including divorce and child custody issues, alternative dispute resolution, maintenance (alimony), child support, domestic violence issues, separation agreements, property division, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and modifications of agreements made pursuant to the divorce. Our Long Island divorce lawyers will work with you to determine what course of action is best for you when going through your divorce and protect both your legal and financial interests during the process.
Mediation, Negotiation and Alternative Methods to Litigation
The attorneys at Blodnick, Fazio & Clark are dedicated to assuring that your divorce has the best possible outcome for both you and your children. Sometimes the best way to achieve this is through an alternative to litigation such as mediation, negotiation, or a collaborative method. Depending on the situation, matters pertaining to divorce, the division of assets and child custody may be resolved outside the courtroom and allow the parties to maintain a good relationship after dissolution.
In mediation, a skilled mediator will work with you and your spouse to reach a conclusion that is effectively a compromise. This is usually the best method for couples who wish to dissolve their marriage in a non-adversarial forum and work together to achieve results. Negotiation usually arises when the couple cannot meet in the middle and need to retain attorneys to help resolve their financial and other disputes.
Maintenance (Alimony) and Division of Assets
Protecting your assets is one of the most important considerations when going through a divorce. The attorneys at Blodnick, Fazio & Clark are dedicated to representing and protecting your best interests. Financial considerations can become quite complex when one or both of the parties involved are of high net worth.
In determining maintenance, courts in New York look at a number of factors concerning each spouse’s income, property and earning potential. A motion for temporary maintenance may be made while the case is pending. In addition, maintenance may also be awarded for a period of time after the divorce action has concluded, depending on the circumstances of the divorce, and finances of the parties.
When it comes to dividing assets as part of a divorce action, New York is an equitable distribution state. This means that the court will not divide the assets in half, but instead will look to a number of statutory factors that will govern how the property is divided. Such factors take into consideration include the income of the parties during the marriage and after the divorce action was commenced; the health of the parties; the ownership of the marital residence; pensions; maintenance; tax consequences; health insurance benefits, etc.
Family Court Matters
When a couple separates but was never married, and there are children involved, the parties must then go to Family Court to resolve issues such as custody, child support agreements, and visitation rights. The firm represents clients in these matters, as well as enforcement actions, and clients seeking modifications of child support orders and agreements due to significant changes in circumstance, such as an increase in income or additional expenses on behalf of the child. The dedicated attorneys at Blodnick, Fazio & Clark work hard to protect your rights as a parent, as well as ensure that all matters are resolved in agreements that represent the best interests of your child or children.
If you are going through a divorce, or are planning to, an experienced attorney can help protect your finances and legal rights. Whether your divorce involves a situation with complex assets or few assets, an experienced matrimonial attorney can help ensure an outcome that protects your interests. The divorce lawyers at Blodnick, Fazio & Clark are skilled and experienced in representing clients in all aspects of matrimonial and family law. Call (516) 280-7105 or fill out our contact form to arrange a free consultation.