Basics of Family Law
Cole, Sorrentino, Hurley, Hewner & Gambino, P.C., handles every aspect of family law: divorce, separation, support, visitation, and custody in the trial and appellate courts of New York. We strive to bring you a prompt resolution to your legal matters so that you can move forward and leave your worries behind. You can contact our Buffalo family lawyers online or by phone. Here is some information on the basics of family law.
Basics of Family Law | Divorce
Couples sometimes grow apart and marriages end. When they do, the court system must get involved in order to grant a divorce. Often the court system will help the couple figure out how to separate the various aspects of the life they created together, such as property, child custody, and finances. While our Buffalo family lawyers is not always required to get a divorce, a spouse contemplating divorce should consult with a New York family law attorney to discuss the wide array of legal rights and options available to them.
Basics of Family Law | Spousal Support
Spousal support, (officially called maintenance in New York, but sometimes referred to as alimony) is the financial support an ex-spouse making less income receives from the ex-spouse making more income. These payments can take place during the divorce, as well as after the divorce is finalized.
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Basics of Family Law | Child Support
Child support refers to the financial obligation of the noncustodial parent toward raising a child. This comes in the form of regular payments to the custodial parent. New York has a law called the Child Support Standards Act, which sets forth a specific formula for calculating the base child support obligation. However, this base amount is subject to adjustment, depending on specific facts of the case.
Basics of Family Law | Marital Property Division
New York provides for equitable distribution of marital property during a divorce. The key word here is ‘equitable,’ which means a court does not divide all relevant assets equally. Instead, it will divide assets as equitably as possible so that each spouse gets what the court believes is most fair. A court will look at the contributions each spouse made to the marital property and what each spouse may have given up during the marriage.
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