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Friedman & Friedman PLLC

Long Island Divorce Attorney

Respected & Experienced Divorce Lawyers in Nassau County

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 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.

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Why Choose Friedman & Friedman as Your Divorce Attorneys?

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 Long Island divorce lawyers help clients in Long Island, New York City, and across New York State. No matter where you are in the process of dissolving your marriage, get a caring and capable advocate on your side.

Contact us online or at (516) 688-0088 to discuss your options with a divorce lawyer on Long Island, NY.

Work with One of the Best Long Island Divorce Lawyers Near You

Founding attorney Sari M. Friedman is recognized for professional excellence not only by her clients, but also by her peers in the legal community. This is reflected in the long list of honors, awards, and accolades she has received over her three decades of practice as a matrimonial law and divorce attorney on Long Island, New York.

Attorney Sari Friedman's honors include, but are not limited to:

  • 2012 Leadership in Law Award, Long Island Business News: The Leadership in Law Award recognizes experience, dedication, hard work, skill, tenacity and excellence as qualities for this prestigious award and is dedicated to those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and the community has had a positive impact on Long Island.
  • 2014-2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers®: Super Lawyers® is a designation given to only 5% of the attorneys in New York State.
  • 2015 Long Island’s Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders: Long Island's Top Rated Lawyers is a distinction only given to those divorce lawyers on Long Island who have achieved the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating.
  • 2016 Family Business Award, SmartCEO: SmartCEO's Family Business Award recognizes the legacy of Sari’s law firm, as well as her core family values and perseverance to serve generations to come.

Additionally, Sari has been recognized by the Long Island Power Women in Business for her devotion to the Long Island community through her legal efforts.

Attorney Friedman has also been named to the following prestigious lists:

  • National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers in Matrimonial & Family Law
  • Who's Who Top Attorney in North American
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys in New York for Client Satisfaction, AIFLA

Attorney Andrea B. Friedman – a named partner of the firm – has been awarded the 2016 Millennial Award from Long Island Business News, which demonstrates her powerful abilities among other young professionals. She has also been presented with the 2016 Stars Under 40 Award from Star Network.

Filing for Divorce in Nassau County

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 almost anything, including:

  • Adultery
  • Abandonment
  • Cruel and inhuman treatment (abuse)
  • Legal separation
  • Imprisonment

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.

Where to File for Divorce on Long Island

Nassau Family Court

1200 Old Country Rd #2
Westbury, NY 11590
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Queens County Family Court

151-20 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432

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Suffolk County Family Court

400 Carleton Ave
Central Islip, NY 11722
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How Long Does a Divorce Take in NY?

In New York, there is no formal waiting period for a divorce decree to be entered by a judge. This means that New York State uncontested divorces can be finalized in a matter of weeks as long as both parties are able to complete and file the necessary paperwork and pay all fees in a timely manner. They need only wait for a court appointment to present their divorce decree to a judge to be entered and the divorce finalized.

Contested divorces in New York can take much longer, whether it be several months, a year, or more. The length of a contested divorce case depends on court schedules and how long it takes a judge to come to final decisions on each aspect of the divorce, such as property division, custody, support, etc.

Want to make sure your divorce is as quick, smooth, and cost-effective as possible? Call Friedman & Friedman PLLC, Attorneys at Law today at (516) 688-0088 to learn how we can help with divorce in Nassau County.

What Are the Grounds for Divorce in NY?

As of August 15, 2010, New York Divorce Law has changed. A person is now entitled to allege that the marriage has been irretrievably broken for at least six months and that person can then obtain a divorce. For more information about how the change in the law might affect you, please don't hesitate to contact an attorney at Friedman & Friedman PLLC, Attorneys at Law today.

The other six grounds for divorce in New York include:

  • Cruel and Inhuman Treatment: Cruel and inhuman treatment is a clear reason for divorce in the state of New York. This category can involve a wide variety of verbal and physical assaults. This reason for divorce can cause a petition to be granted quickly and often results in the victim receiving much of what they want in a divorce settlement.
  • Abandonment: One married partner cannot simply abandon their partner for long stretches of time in the state of New York. Such abandonment can easily be grounds for divorce in the state. An individual would have to bring convincing proof to a judge that their partner had been away for a significant period of time in order to win a divorce on these grounds. The question of locking out another spouse can also lead to a divorce on the grounds of abandonment. One partner must think carefully and act cautiously if they are ever considering locking their partner out of a jointly owned house.
  • Imprisonment: If a spouse has been in jail for three or more years in a row beginning after marriage, there is a ground for divorce. Once your spouse has spent three consecutive years in jail, you can file for divorce while they are still in jail or up to five years after they are released from jail.
  • Adultery: Adultery is no longer considered a crime in New York. But it can still be a grounds for divorce. The act of adultery involves a betrayal of trust that strikes at the core of most marriages. This scenario, if proven, can be incredibly influential for a judge who is making decisions surrounding a divorce. Proving adultery can be difficult, however. It only holds up if there is significant evidence for the affair and proof that both parties did not accept the affair in advance.
  • Divorce After a Legal Separation Agreement: A separation agreement involves both parties signing on to a statement declaring that they have been separated for a significant period of time.
  • Divorce After a Judgment of Separation: A judgment of separation is a determination by a judge that two people have been separated for an extended period of time. This judgment often emerges when one member of the divorce fails to respond to a motion from the court or the other party in the divorce. Such a decision leads to the judge agreeing with the filing party and making a judgment stating that he or she believes that both parties have been separated for a significant period of time.

How Much Does a Divorce Cost in New York?

The cost of a contested or uncontested divorce in NY will vary greatly depending on the issues at hand. For divorces that are peaceful and amicable, spouses should expect smaller attorney’s fees. For divorces that are hotly contested and involve custody disputes, spouses can expect higher fees and longer waiting times.

Is New York a 50/50 Divorce State?

The state of New York divides property equitably, not necessarily a split down the middle. During the divorce proceedings, if either spouse contests the division of property, a judge may step in to evaluate the property and divide based on what is considered marital assets and/or debts. Separate property will not be included.

Separate property consists of:

  • Property either spouse acquired before marriage
  • Inheritances or gifts
  • Property deemed separate property that was established in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement
  • Compensation for personal injuries to either spouse
  • Property acquired from the proceeds or appreciation in value of separate property unless that appreciation was due to the efforts and/or contributions of the other spouse

Factors that impact marital asset and property division include:

  • Duration of the marriage
  • Age and health of each spouse
  • Income of each spouse
  • Each spouse’s separate property
  • If the parent with custody of the children will need to reside in the family home

Does Adultery Affect Divorce in NY?

While no longer a ground for divorce, adultery can still impact a divorce case. In regard to property division, adultery may only impact this issue if marital assets were utilized in the affair. This basically means that money or funds were given to start the affair. Common examples of this include:

  • Vacations including transportation costs
  • Dinners and other social activities
  • Costs associated with hotel/motel fees

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 agreement.

Usually, the only time the parties must step into a courtroom during a New York State 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 in New York? Learn more about out-of-court options: (516) 688-0088. Our Nassau County divorce mediation lawyers can help.

Understanding Legal Separation vs. Divorce

When two people agree to divorce in NY, 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.

Suffolk & Nassau County Divorce Attorneys

The attorneys at Friedman & Friedman PLLC, 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.

Contact us today to consult a recognized and trusted divorce lawyer in NYS.

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