New York Law Firm Handling Your Family Matters with Compassion and Determination
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The dissolution of your marriage is an emotional and stressful event. Sperber & Stein, LLP looks out for your best legal interests so you can concentrate on the well-being of your family.
Assertive family law litigators
If going to court becomes necessary, having a strong litigator at your side is vital to the protection of your rights during your divorce. We zealously prepare for trial and fight for you at every stage of the adversarial litigation process. Our assertive approach alleviates some of the uncertainty and stress of the arduous litigation process and helps you obtain the most favorable trial outcome. Using strategic trial tactics and commanding courtroom presence, we successfully represent clients throughout the process.
What is the difference between divorce and legal separation?
The key difference between divorce and legal separation is that when you are separated, you remain legally married to your spouse even though you are living apart. One reason couples choose to separate rather than divorce is that separation allows you to retain benefits such as spousal insurance coverage and rights of inheritance. Separation also gives couples the opportunity to determine which agreements work before they proceed to divorce.
What are the grounds for divorce in New York?
In 2010, New York enacted legislation allowing for divorce on a no-fault basis. Before this law went into effect, couples could obtain a divorce based only on a few grounds: adultery, cruel and inhuman treatment, abandonment and living separate and apart for at least one year before pursuant to a judgment of separation or pursuant to a written agreement of separation.
Under New York law, a couple may get a no-fault divorce if one spouse swears under oath that their marriage has been irretrievably broken for more than six months. The couple must also have resolved such legal issues as distribution of property, child support, custody, visitation and alimony.