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Divorce & Family Law

Nassau County Divorce Lawyers

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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 and family law, or child custody, you need an attorney by your side. Handling issues on your own can cause emotional stress. These issues should never be handled without an experienced and compassionate lawyer, especially if your case involves complex divorce issues like high-net asset division, out-of-state custody, or protection of a family owned business.

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, Harounian & 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.

Since its founding 40 years ago, Wisselman, Harounian & Associates has stood at the forefront of family law because our lawyers zealously advocate for our clients and win cases by utilizing customized legal strategies. 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.

We proudly serve all of Long Island and the New York Metro area, including Great Neck, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

Requirements for 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 Nassau County divorce attorneys at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates have significant experience helping clients with religious divorce matters, including Jewish Gets.

Domestic Partnership in NY

Marriage isn't for everyone, but the legal rights and benefits that come with it are undeniable. For those who are not interested in marriage, but still desire similar rights and benefits, New York State offers another option for formalizing your relationship — domestic partnership.

In the past, domestic partnerships were an alternative option for same-sex couples who could not legally marry in New York State. However, same-sex marriage was legalized in New York on June 24, 2011 and then by the U.S. federal government on June 26, 2015. Today, domestic partnerships are available to same-sex and heterosexual couples alike.

Keep in mind that domestic partnership is not the same as marriage. When comparing domestic partnership vs. marriage, you should weigh what each does and does not include before making a decision as to which is best for you and your partner.

Benefits of Domestic Partnerships:

  • Recognized in New York
  • Eligible for employer family benefits, including health insurance, life insurance, death benefits, and sick and family leave
  • Can avoid the marriage tax penalty

Downsides of Domestic Partnerships:

  • Not recognized by all 50 states, or on the federal level
  • Not considered "family" by law
  • Cannot petition for non-citizen family immigration
  • Will not automatically inherit partner's assets upon their death
  • Not exempt from federal estate tax

Domestic partnerships and marriage have their own pros and cons. Speak with a lawyer if you need advice as to which option works in your and your partner's best interests.

Working with an Adoption Attorney in Long Island

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, Harounian & 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 lawyers 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 in Great Neck, 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, Harounian & 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.

During your initial in-person case analysis with a family attorney, you can expect the lawyer to provide you with an overview of what to anticipate in the divorce or family law process ahead, any matters pertaining to minor children of the marriage, division of assets and liabilities, child support and spousal support, and the related attorneys' fees and costs.

Backed by decades of experience, we recognize that every situation is unique, and we offer a free and confidential consultation to help you discuss a potential game plan that's tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Committed to Every Client

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Reasons to Choose Wisselman, Harounian & Associates P.C.

  • We will go the extra mile to meet your needs.

    Our professionals will go above and beyond to create a solution that is tailored to fit the unique needs and goals of you and your family.

  • We will walk you through every decision.

    When you hire us, we will get to know you on a personal level, inform you of your options, and help you make the best decisions possible.

  • We will sort out all concerns on your mind.

    Our mission is to put your mind at ease, alleviate your worries, address all concerns, and answer any questions you have along the way.

  • We will always act in your best interests.

    We demonstrate an unparalleled level of commitment to our clients. When you work with us, your needs will always come first.

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