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Divorce laws vary by state. New York has its own divorce laws. The grounds for divorce in New York often vary from those in adjacent jurisdictions. Similarly, it follows that obligations for child support and marital property rights laws also vary from state to state. Laws are also frequently changed. In October of 2010, New York State made several substantial changes in the areas of divorce and family law, including the addition of a new ground for divorce and the creation of a formula for temporary maintenance.

If you are considering a divorce, (contested or uncontested) or separation, and reside in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or anywhere else in the New York City metropolitan area, contact Andrew A. Bokser, by calling 718-834-1904, for an initial consultation. Mr. Bokser will explain your legal rights and options and help you determine a proper course of action.

Experienced Divorce Lawyer Handling Contested and Uncontested Divorce: Manhattan (New York County Supreme Court) and the Other Four Boroughs of New York City

A divorce can be obtained on a "contested" or "uncontested" basis. Generally, an uncontested divorce is appropriate when the parties have resolved all of their issues prior to starting an action. They can file the divorce papers in court and obtain divorce without the need to appear before a Judge. When the parties cannot agree on all issues, they usually need to appear in court to resolve their differences. Schedule a consultation with Mr. Bokser to see which route is best for you. A veteran New York matrimonial lawyer like Andrew A. Bokser knows the relevant New York family law, such as the specific grounds needed to obtain a contested or uncontested divorce, such as adultery, abandonment, cruel and inhumane treatment, or if a marriage is irretrievably broken for at least six months. He can also advise you about any recent changes made to divorce laws in New York and how this may affect you and your case.

Legal Representation to Address All Divorce Issues

At the law offices of Andrew A. Bokser, Attorney at Law, legal representation for all matters related to divorce is handled, including but not limited to:

  • Separation agreements — Not all marriages end in divorce. Another option available is drafting a separation agreement or filing for separation in court. Mr. Bokser can explain the role of separation agreements and whether this would be a good fit for you.
  • Annulments — either divorce or annulment has the effect of ending a marriage; however, annulments void the marriage as if it never existed. Annulments in New York State are granted in cases of fraud or duress. Mr. Bokser can review your situation and determine if this is an option for you.
  • High-asset divorce — Some divorce cases involve significant assets acquired by either one or both of the parties. High-asset divorce cases can mean complex property division issues, such as business valuations. Mr. Bokser has extensive experience and skill with these niche cases.
  • Protecting separate assets in divorce — Most people assume that any property they own prior to marriage will remain solely theirs in the event of a divorce regardless of what has occurred during the marriage. This is not necessarily true. Mr. Bokser can also consult with you on how to protect your assets through prenuptial agreements and other measures.
  • Protecting your business in divorce — If you are concerned about the effect a divorce will have on a business you own, Mr. Bokser will explain the factors considered by the courts and how it may apply in your case.
  • Spousal maintenance — Either husband or wife may be awarded spousal maintenance, according to a variety of factors listed in the New York Domestic Relations Law. Mr. Bokser can guide you through the process of determining the amount of spousal support that could be awarded in your Divorce, Separation or Family Court Proceeding .
  • Post-divorce enforcement — Mr. Bokser can guide you through the process of enforcing divorce orders such as child support, visitation and distribution of property.
  • Prenuptial agreements — Prenuptial agreements will protect your property in the event of a divorce. They will also protect the property rights of your children if you are getting married for a second or third time. Attorney Andrew A. Bokser will properly draft your agreement to ensure that it is enforceable in court.
  • Appeals — If you don't like the outcome of your divorce or family court case, you have the right to appeal. Mr. Bokser can discuss your options and rights to appeal and perfect and argue your appeal. Please note, you have a limited window of time in which to file a notice of appeal. The time is usually 30 days after service of the final order.

How New Laws Impact Your Case

As stated above, the state of New York has over the last few years made some substantial changes to the divorce laws. These changes may impact your divorce case. Andrew A. Bokser is knowledgeable about these changes and can explain what they may mean for your divorce case. If you have been procrastinating in seeking a divorce or have been unable to obtain a divorce, the new statute regarding "no-fault divorce" may ease your ability to obtain a divorce. As an experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney, Andrew A. Bokser can explain what these changes mean for you in your current situation.

Uncovering Hidden Assets and Income

In over 30 years as a practicing family law and divorce attorney, Andrew A. Bokser has found that one of the most difficult, time-consuming aspects of divorce litigation is that of locating hidden assets or income. These are financial resources concealed by a spouse in order to shield them from division in the divorce proceedings. Obviously, this tactic hinders the process of equitable property division.

In order to fully understand your rights and obligations, when you first meet with Mr. Bokser, you should try to provide as much financial information as you can. This includes personal, business or corporate tax returns, your family budget, checking and savings account records, outstanding debts and mortgage statements. He will have questions for you, and you for him. You will appreciate the personal attention, diligence and aggressiveness with which Mr. Bokser protects your rights and interests.

Call for an Initial Consultation at our Brooklyn Property Division Law Firm

The Brooklyn and Garden City offices of Andrew A. Bokser, Attorney at Law, are available to you during business hours or weekday evenings, by appointment, for the arrangement of your initial consultation. Contact us online at our Brooklyn law firm or call 718-834-1904 for an initial consultation. Mr. Bokser has served the Greater New York City area for more than 30 years.

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