Jericho Divorce Attorney
In the United States, divorce is a relevant and pervasive social and family issue. In 2010, 2,734 divorces were filed in Nassau County alone. Compared to the 5,661 marriages that were officiated during this time, these statistics may be somewhat surprising. At Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, we are whole-heartedly dedicated to helping people facing divorce or any other legal family issue. Our lawyers are highly respected in the family law community and our firm is one of the largest divorce firms in area. Since our beginning in 1976, our lawyers have accumulated more than 150 years of legal experience; let us put it to good work for you.
At Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, four of our attorneys have been included in the Super Lawyers® list for the New York Metro Area. We are proud of our reputation and are devoted to giving our clients the best legal representation we can offer. At the firm, we understand that divorce may be one of the most psychologically, emotionally and financial difficult experiences you face during your life. That's why we go the extra mile to give you compassionate, respectful and understanding legal help while maintaining an aggressive, assertive and effective case strategy.
Our attorneys pride themselves in continually seeking new ways to grow both personally and professionally. Our firm is very community-oriented and participates in organizations including the National LGBT Bar Association, the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, the Safe Center, and more. Members of our team also speak at national workshops and conferences dedicated to family law issues.
Filing for a same-sex divorce?
In New York, same-sex marriages are recognized by the local state government. Since the Marriage Equality Act, New York legally recognizes same-sex marriages. The United States federal government does not. What does this mean? If you are filing for a same-sex divorce, your case may need special care and attention to make sure that all of the legal matters connected with it are handled properly and efficiently. If you are filing for a same-sex divorce, contact a Jericho divorce lawyer from Wisselman, Harounian & Associates today; we are more than ready to give your same-sex divorce case the extra care and attention that it needs.
Cases we handle: Our Practice Areas
At the firm, our lawyers are experienced in a broad range of legal matters. Not matter what kind of family legal matter you need help with; we are ready to give you the assistance you need. Whether you realize it or not, family law involves more than just divorce. For instance, if you are single but considering marriage in the future, you and your future spouse may want to discuss prenuptial agreements. What is a prenuptial agreement?
Generally speaking, it is a contract between two individuals (drawn up before they marry) that outlines what will happen to their financial assets, personal belongings, etc., in the event of a divorce. Agreements may discuss child custody, spousal support, asset division and other matters. If you are afraid of discussing prenuptial agreements with your future spouse, remember this: an agreement does not necessitate a divorce in the future.
You may feel like a prenuptial agreement will create a sense of distrust between you and your future spouse; in reality, these contracts can help couples establish a sense transparency, clarity and honesty with each other. Divorce is a reality. Unmarried couples shouldn't turn a blind eye to this reality. These agreements are designed to give couples a realistic perspective towards a possible future; not determine the outcome of their marriage.
If you decide that divorce is necessary, our attorneys will guide you through every step of the legal process. If you or your spouse has decided to file, you probably have a lot of questions: Who will get custody of the children? How much will divorce cost? Do I get to keep the house? These are legitimate questions. With more than 150 years of combined legal experience, the lawyers at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates are ready to help you find the answers.
If you have children, you and your former spouse will negotiate a child custody agreement. Many times, child custody battles are one of the most difficult aspects of the divorce proceedings. In volatile situations, spouses battle over child custody. Even in the mutual divorce, spouses must face the reality that they will probably not be able to spend as much time with their children as they used to. In the end, your child custody agreement will be determined by what is best for the child; not what you or your former spouse want.
Have you considered divorce mediation?
Does the prospect of taking your divorce before a judge sound overwhelming and intimidating? If so, you and your spouse may want to consider divorce mediation. Divorce mediation may be a helpful alternative to filing your divorce in court. If you and your spouse mutually want to terminate your marriage and have agreed to work towards this end together, you talk to a lawyer from Wisselman, Harounian & Associates today to see if mediation is right for you.
What is the benefit of mediation? Mediation saves time and money. Because your case will not be brought before a judge, you and your spouse can reach a divorce agreement quickly, peacefully and effectively outside of the courtroom. Additionally, mediation allows you more privacy than a court case. Courtroom proceedings are open and public. If you know that divorce is the best option for you and your family, but are intimidated by the publicity of court proceedings, call our office today to begin the mediation process.