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Divorce Litigation Attorney Treats Clients with Compassion and Sensitivity

A caring, effective Westchester County lawyer knows New York divorce laws inside and out

Getting married is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Unfortunately that happiness is not always forever. Many marriages end up in divorce. Hiring the right divorce attorney is also important.

Deciding if divorce is the right thing to do should be given a great deal of consideration. Often your life is much more complicated than it was when you were considering marriage. The care and custody of your children may have to be considered along with other issues such as child support, spousal maintenance and the division of the marital property and debts. Before you make any decisions, consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable in the field of divorce and who is readily accessible to you.

The Law Office of Gordon B. Fine has been handling divorce cases in New York for more than 25 years. By consulting with Mr. Fine, you will find out what your rights are, what the various forms of child custody are and how your property may be divided. One of the most important factors to consider in choosing a family law attorney, aside from experience, is whether you feel comfortable with that lawyer. Gordon Fine handles all cases personally and will give you straightforward and honest advice when you need it the most.

The New York divorce process begins with filing the complaint for divorce

Getting a divorce requires bringing a lawsuit, and the lawsuit dissolves the marriage. The lawsuit also addresses associated issues, including property distribution, child support, maintenance  and visitation rights. In New York, the divorce process begins by filing the divorce complaint with the court. The complaint must cite specific grounds for the divorce, including:

  • Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage for at least six months, the basis of a no-fault divorce
  • Cruel and inhuman treatment
  • Abandonment
  • Imprisonment for three years or more
  • Adultery
  • Living separately pursuant to a separation agreement

The non-filing spouse is served with the divorce papers and must respond or be subject to a false judgment. An uncontested divorce (one in which the parties have agreed to all terms) may take several months.

A contested divorce requires a trial. Both spouses exchange financial information, such as debts, assets, income and expenses, in a notarized statement of net worth.

A New York divorce requires residency

Residency requirements apply in order to file for divorce in New York, and at least one of the following factors must be true:

  • Either you or your spouse has lived in New York for at least two years.
  • If you were married in the state, either of you lived in the state for at least one year prior to the date the divorce papers were filed.
  • As a married couple, you lived in New York and were a resident for one year prior to filing for divorce.
  • Both of you lived in New York for one continuous year, and your grounds and filing both took place in the state.
  • Both you and your spouse lived in New York on the date of the divorce filing, and the grounds took place in the state.

We guide you through this process and counsel you on next steps. Rest assured we stand by you through this difficult time. Mr. Fine will always take your call if he is available and, if not, will return it promptly. Our clients have always found Mr. Fine to be personable, professional and responsive to your needs. If you are considering a divorce or separation, call the Law Office of Gordon B. Fine. You need to know your rights and deserve a realistic assessment of your case.

Let a New York divorce lawyer help shoulder your burden

The Law Office of Gordon B. Fine, located in Yorktown Heights, has helped many families in surrounding communities deal with divorce and divorce-related matters. Call us at 914-245-6250 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We offer MasterCard and Visa payment plans for the convenience of our clients.


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