Long Island Divorce Attorney
Handling Divorce-Related Matters Across New York
Making the decision to file for divorce is difficult. Following through
can be even more complex and emotionally exhausting, particularly if you
have children. That is why you need a Long Island divorce lawyer who can
handle your case with compassion as well as efficiency.
New York divorce lawyer Sari M. Friedman is dedicated to guiding individuals
and families through the divorce process in such a way as to cause the
least amount of turmoil and emotional trauma – all while protecting
the interests and future of her clients.
As a mother of two with over 35 years of legal experience and a legal practice
devoted exclusively to matrimonial and family law,
Attorney Sari Friedman has exceptional knowledge and familiarity with New York divorces and all
of the issues a divorce involves. This includes matters such as:
Attorney Friedman and her team of divorce lawyers help clients in Long
Island and New York City. No matter where you are in the process of dissolving
your marriage, get a caring and capable advocate on your side.
Give Our Firm A Call At (516) 688-0088 To Discuss Your Options With A Member
Of Our Team
Filing for Divorce in New York
As of 2010, you no longer need
grounds for divorce in New York. Rather, New York is what is referred to as a “no fault”
divorce state, meaning that you can file for divorce simply based upon
“irreconcilable differences.” Many people still file for divorce
based on matters that used to be required grounds for divorce, however.
In New York, "irreconcilable differences" can mean:
- Cruel and inhuman treatment (abuse)
- Legal separation
Once you have decided that divorce is best for you, the next step is to
fill out the appropriate forms. It is vital to have the guidance of a divorce lawyer when completing
these forms, since these documents will directly affect any decisions
for property division, child support, alimony, custody, etc. You will
then file these forms with the clerk at the Westchester County Court.
Westchester County Court
111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.,
White Plains, NY 10601
Regardless of why you are seeking a divorce, you need the professional
knowledge and advocacy of a divorce attorney. Attorney Sari Friedman has
more than 35 years of experience in New York matrimonial and family law
and is highly recognized in the legal community for her skill and commitment
to excellence. Turn to Friedman & Friedman if you are in need of legal
counsel through every step of the divorce process.
Uncontested Divorce – Court May Not Be Necessary
Most people think of heated courtroom battles when they think of divorce,
but the truth is that most divorces are settled outside of court. Mediation
and collaborative law are two means of getting a divorce decree when the
matter is uncontested.
Mediation is when both parties in divorce are guided by a neutral, third-party mediator
as they work out the terms of their divorce agreement together. Collaborative
divorce is when each party retains their own attorney for counsel, but
still meet outside of court to negotiate each aspect of their divorce
Usually, the only time the parties must step into a courtroom during an
uncontested divorce is when they present their divorce agreement to a
family law Judge to be entered and finalized.
Do You Both Want a Divorce? Learn More About Out-of-Court Options: (516) 688-0088
Understanding Legal Separation vs. Divorce
When two people agree to divorce, they can immediately execute a
legal separation agreement and then apply for divorce one year after the date the agreement is executed.
However, issues such as custody, spousal and child support, visitation
and property division must be determined in the separation agreement.
This does not preclude the parties from obtaining a divorce sooner if
other existing grounds for divorce exist.
Nassau, Suffolk & Westchester Divorce Attorney
The attorneys at Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law are dedicated
to providing families with experienced, professional and personalized
legal representation through every step of the New York divorce process.
Our team treats each client with the utmost importance and strives to
obtain results through skilled legal counsel, all at an affordable cost.