For most of us, marriage is a dream. A rite of passage, in which you and your partner enter into a life together of wedded bliss. But sometimes things don’t work out how we plan, and our dream can slowly turn into a nightmare. When a marriage is failing, divorce is often a necessary recourse – allowing you and your spouse the freedom to once again explore life separately from one another. However, no matter how much you may want out of a marriage, divorce can be a long, drawn out, difficult process.
In addition, a divorce can have a number of long-term, damaging effects, not just emotionally, but financially as well – especially in the event you and your partner may have had children together. It is vital that you stay on top of things and hire the right legal representation to guide you through the process.
You need the help of an experienced family lawyer like Mr. Frank Galchus, who can assist you in navigating the pitfalls that can commonly cause issues during a divorce.
Our firm can help you through processes including:
- Alimony & Spousal Support
- Property & Asset Division
- Child Custody
- Child Support
Child Custody and Visitation
During any divorce, in which children are involved, custody plays an integral role in negotiations. Often times, parents will use children as a pawn during the negotiations process, to obtain a better financial foothold and more. Therefore, no matter how civil your divorce proceedings may start, they can often turn ugly and you need to be ready. With the help of an experienced family law attorney like Mr. Frank Galchus, you can be sure you have a lawyer who will fight tooth and nail for your parental rights – helping to advise you on complex details like custody orders, legal custody versus residential custody, joint custody, visitation, child support and much more.
Financial Implications of Divorce
Depending on which side of the divorce you might fall on, and your current financial circumstances, you might either be entitled to receive, or be ordered to make monthly payments to your former significant other. These payments are court ordered and occur for different reasons. When it comes to alimony or spousal support, the courts will order one side to compensate the other on a monthly basis in order to help account for the adverse economic issues associated with a divorce. In addition, in some instances, you must support the other party in order for them to maintain the lifestyle they have grown accustomed to during your marriage.
In the event you have children, the party who gains custody may require the other to make monthly child support payments, for the child’s care. The one thing to understand is that these payments are all a matter of negotiations, and with the help of an experienced attorney you can negotiate a deal that is to your benefit.
One of the most key factors in any divorce is the division of any marital assets and properties. New York State is an Equitable Division state, meaning that in the event of a divorce, property is generally divided equally with consideration to what each party contributed to the marriage. Despite the language used in the law, equitable doesn’t always end up meaning fair and it can be left up to the judge in the case to decide what they deem to be fair and equitable. They will take into account each party’s current finances, the length of the marriage, each person’s age, health and their needs moving forward (for instance, a custodial parent might “need” the family home to raise the children in).
This can be devastating in some instances for either party, and it is in both party’s best interests to come to a fair agreement on their own. Having an experienced attorney, with negotiation skills like Mr. Galchus is vital in this instance, as he and his team will ensure you get the most favorable agreement possible.
Divorces are never easy, and the best thing you can do for yourself and the future of your loved ones is to hire an experienced attorney, who has got your best interests at heart. The Law Firm of Frank Galchus will work tirelessly, to guide and advise you through each and every step of the process, no matter how complex things can be. For more information or to schedule a divorce consultation, be sure to contact us today.