Experienced Legal Separation Attorneys in New York City
It is never easy to make decisions about separation and divorce. Any decision involving substantial life changes should be properly pondered and planned.
A separation agreement is optional but legally binding in New York. In the settlement agreement, the married parties decide on financial matters, spousal support, custodial rights and conditions, property distribution, and other significant legal issues. This is frequently pursued if the couple is thinking about divorcing. It is also important to note that they will not be enforced unless both spouses agree to the terms.
Our New York City separation attorneys are here to assist you in that process to make sure there is minimal conflict and that your legal rights are being respected. We represent individuals throughout the New York City metropolitan area, including the lower Hudson Valley, the five boroughs—Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island—, and both counties in Long Island—Nassau and Suffolk. With countless years of collective family law experience throughout our firm, Tully Rinckey brings both the dedication and experience necessary to your situation in seeking a legal separation.
What are Separation Agreements?
Separation agreements are legally enforceable arrangements between married partners that are frequently put in place before a divorce. With the use of a legal agreement, you and your spouse can keep separate living arrangements while agreeing on child support and child custody issues, incomes, property split, and debts to guarantee that you and your spouse are on the same legal page. If one spouse does not comply with the agreement, the courts can enforce the conditions, just as they do with divorce. The agreement should spell out both couples’ particular responsibilities and rights in this area.
Common topics addressed within a separation agreement include:
- Child support
- Custody and parenting time
- Spousal support
- Financial responsibility for joint bills and debts
- Disposition of the marital home
- Tax refunds and deductions
- Division of assets, including retirement accounts
- Medical and life insurance coverage
Although most separation agreements will be legally binding, family law courts may be called upon to examine the document’s fairness in specific situations. The agreement may be declared void by the courts in circumstances of fraud or coercion.
Attention to detail is extremely important while crafting these agreements, even down to appreciating the tax effects and your future financial needs. Our attorneys understand the importance of meeting as many of your current and future life goals as possible.
Do I Need an Attorney for my Legal Separation?
There is no legal necessity that you retain the services of a family law professional in order to separate or establish a separation agreement. However, it is crucial to remember that these agreements, like divorce settlements, are legally binding and can be enforced by the courts.
When you enter into an agreement, it should be drafted with your needs in mind, and you should be aware of how it impacts you in terms of custody and child support. Our attorneys have assisted families with their specific family law matters and have practiced in many of New York City’s Family Courts, as well as those in the five boroughs—Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island—, Long Island, and Hudson Valley.
When you retain our services, you can rest assured that we have seen cases similar to yours and can give you the guidance needed to realize your goals. Also, with a team of attorneys located across New York State and access to online consultations and booking, we can assist you at any time and bill at lower rates than competing firms.