Long Island Divorce Family Attorneys

Complex Divorce, Child Custody, and Family Legal Matters

Family law is arguably one of the most complex and emotionally charged areas of law. If you are dealing with any matter related to marriage, divorce or family law, you need an attorney by your side. Handling issues like domestic violence, child abduction, or child support on your own can lead to depression, not to mention unfair custody and divorce settlements. These issues should never be handled without an experienced and compassionate lawyer, especially if your case involves complex issues like asset division, alimony, or child support.

In New York, many laws and statutes can influence your case. These include adoption laws, protective orders, child custody laws, property division guidelines, and more. That’s where Wisselman & Associates comes in. We are here to help you understand your legal rights during a divorce or other family-related legal dispute in New York. Collectively, our Long Island family law attorneys have more than 150 years of experience helping clients like you – let us use it to protect your family! If you’re ready to get in touch with an attorney, contact our office now.

What You Should Know About Getting a Divorce in New York

There are two basic types of divorce in New York: contested and uncontested. Generally speaking, uncontested divorce is less expensive and less time-consuming. In short, uncontested divorce applies to couples who mutually agree to divorce and share opinions on the terms of the divorce, such as alimony, child support, asset division, debt allocation, etc.

  • Residency requirements. You must meet the residency requirements outlined in the New York Domestic Relations Law[1]. In most cases, a couple meets this requirement because one or both parties in the divorce are a resident of New York and the couple married in the state. These same requirements apply to people who want to annul their marriage.
  • Grounds for divorce. As of 2010, New York is a “no-fault divorce” state; however, you still need a reason for your divorce. This can include cruel treatment, abandonment, prison, adultery, separation, or an irretrievably broken relationship between the husband and wife[2], commonly called no-fault divorce. If one or more of these elements exists, you meet this requirement under Domestic Relations Law § 170.

Jewish Get & Divorce Considerations

In Jewish religious law, a Get is a divorce document. Without receiving this document, a husband and wife cannot effectively terminate their marriage. In short, the Get lifts the laws of adultery and returns certain legal rights held by the husband to the wife. Our Long Island family attorneys at Wisselman & Associates have significant experience helping clients with religious divorce matters, including Jewish Gets.

Working with an Adoption Attorney in New York State

Growing your family is a big commitment – and a big change. It can also be one of the most rewarding and joyful experiences of your life. At Wisselman & Associates, we are committed to helping families successfully adopt. In New York, you can adopt through a government agency or a private adoption agency. Unless you have many years of experience handling adoption cases, you may lack the experience you need to anticipate common pitfalls.

That’s where we come in. Our New York family attorneys can help you avoid common mistakes, protect your rights, and make sure all parties are compliant with New York adoption laws.

Who Is Qualified to Adopt in New York?

In order to adopt, you must meet specific qualifications, and several parties must agree to the adoption[3]. The child’s father must agree only if he is married to the child’s mother or had a significant relationship with the child. The child’s consent is only necessary if he / she is more than 14 years old. New York law allows adults 18 years and older to adopt, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. This includes:

  • Individuals living alone who are unmarried and over 18 years old
  • Married or unmarried intimate partners (sexual orientation does not change eligibility)
  • The partner of the child’s birth parent, regardless of the partners’ marital status
  • Married adults (can adopt separately if living apart for more than 3 years or legally separated)

We Put Our Clients First. Here’s How:

As a family law firm, we know that no area of law is more personal than family and divorce law. Since 1976, we’ve provided informed, strategic, and caring legal guidance for each of our clients. Backed by an impressive number of cases and a passion for helping others, Wisselman & Associates has been recognized by many legal publications and organizations. Because we care about your case, your first consultation is free of charge. Simply pick up the phone and call our office.


[1] https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/DOM/230

[2] https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/DOM/170

[3] http://ocfs.ny.gov/adopt/adopt_faq.asp