Any type of legal matter involving your family can be emotionally draining. These cases can often affect your marriage, your relationship with your children, your finances, your living situation, and more. Because there is so much on the line in family law cases, you should always have a highly experienced family law attorney who you can trust to stand up for your best interests.
At the New York law firm of Hirsch & Hirsch, we have been committed to assisting individuals and families with a wide variety of family services for almost 20 years. We fully understand how sensitive these matters can be and so we handle every family law case with concern, caring, and discretion. The following are only some of the matrimonial and family law cases we take, so please call today to discuss your situation.
Ending your marriage is never an easy decision and generally occurs after much consideration and emotional strife. The courts do not make it particularly easy to get a divorce either, as you must meet many different legal requirements and settle many different issues before the court will legally dissolve your marriage. Some of these issues can include:
- Division of property and assets
- Division of debts
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
At Hirsch & Hirsch, we know every divorce case is different and we will evaluate the unique issues in your case. In some instances, spouses are cooperative and the major issues are uncontested. In other cases, spouses will work to compromise through divorce mediation or other negotiation methods. In addition, there will always be couples who refuse to agree on certain matters and the divorce requires complex litigation to complete. Whether you and your spouse have little property or significant assets, no children or multiple children, we can help you resolve your divorce in the most efficient and favorable way possible.
While child custody cases can often be included in a divorce case, they can also arise under many other circumstances including paternity cases, cases involving unmarried parents who are no long in a relationship, or even cases involving child protective services. Any type of custody case can be nerve-wracking as it will determine when you see your child, which can affect your overall relationship.
Courts in New York approve custody and visitation arrangements based on what is in the best interests of the child in question. Many factors can be considered, which can include:
- Geographic location and housing situation of each parent
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- The child’s proximity to school, community, and activities
- Any special needs of the child
- Any mental illness or substance abuse problems of a parent
- History of abuse from a parent
It is important to have an attorney who fully understands the child custody process representing you so that you can show that a continuing and meaningful relationship with you will be in the best interests of your child.
Child and Spousal Support
Many family law cases involve the issue of financial support from one person to another, which can take the form of child support or spousal support (also known as alimony or maintenance). Child support is required in many situations because parents have the legal responsibility to provide financial support for their children. The support amount is calculated based on the income and expenses of each parent, who has primary custody of the child, and any special needs of the child.
Alimony can be awarded to one spouse from another in a divorce in order to even out the financial playing field between them. Spousal support is often awarded when one spouse has a substantial income and the other has little to no income due to sacrifices they made for the household and family. There are many different types of alimony depending on the circumstances of your marriage and the court often must use a specific formula to determine the amount of support to be provided.
Our family law attorneys will always work to ensure any child or spousal support decisions are fair and just. In addition, if you need a modification of a support judgment in the future, we can help you obtain a modification of the support amount.
Call a NY Family Law Attorney for a Consultation Today
The family law attorneys at Hirsch & Hirsch, LLP are dedicated to helping people facing difficult and emotional legal matters. If you need help with any type of family-related case, please call our office for a free consultation with a committed lawyer at 516-486-8500.