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When you’re in need of divorce mediation or family legal services, you can trust Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C. to keep you informed during the entire process. We recognize that divorce and other family issues are difficult and that you need an experienced lawyer or mediator to guide you through them. Our firm has extensive experience in matrimonial law and mediation and will consider all your needs whether sufficient child support or a comfortable retirement is on your mind. We will work hard to thoroughly address all issues at hand, resolve personal issues and secure a safe financial future. For more information regarding how we can help you, check out our frequently asked questions and blog posts below, or contact us for a consultation to discuss your unique case in more detail.
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A. That depends on the reasons for the divorce and whether each side wants to work toward resolving their issues quickly. An uncontested divorce can take anywhere from six months to two years, depending on several factors such as which county the divorce takes place in, how quickly the parties can agree on the issues or whether one of the parties is not represented by an attorney, known as appearing pro-se. If the divorce is contested, it can take much longer than one year. If both parties want a divorce and are agreeable, mediation is often the fastest and least expensive way to get divorced.
A. New York has had “No Fault” divorce since 2010. The Plaintiff must swear under oath that the marriage has broken down for at least six months. The divorce however will not be granted until all monetary and custody issues have been settled. There are provisions for temporary maintenance and attorneys fees. All other grounds for divorce are still available and it is still possible to get divorced based on a separation agreement and living apart for a year, although most people do not want to have to wait that long.
A. That depends. While I try to work with clients on cost depending on their income, it will make a difference whether the parties are reasonable or not and how many issues can be agreed upon quickly. The longer the divorce takes, the more it will likely cost.
A. While it may seem like a good idea for moral support it is generally advisable to be alone with the attorney for confidentiality purposes. When potential clients come to my office I ask relatives or friends to wait in the conference room during the consultation.
A. The standard in deciding whether to modify child support is whether there has been a substantial change of circumstances in the life of the parent obligated to pay child support. If you lost your job through no fault of your own, chances are that you will have less of an obligation, but only after obtaining a new order of support from the court. You must continue paying the original amount until you have successfully obtained a modification from the court. A modification can be mediated, however the court must “so-order” the modification in order to change the obligation.
A. You can seek a modification of child support in the family court without using an attorney.
A. The parties can agree to joint custody with the residential custody with the mother, that way you can help make those decisions.
A. As of September 1, 2009, New York has automatic restraining orders preventing the Plaintiff from doing this as of the date of filing and the Defendant as of the date of service.