The team of Family and Matrimonial law attorneys at Tully Rinckey are equipped to handle the many facets of your case. Our team draws from over 100 years of combined experience practicing law to secure positive legal outcomes for our clients. Whether you are seeking a divorce, child custody, a separation agreement, or need legal advice on adoption, we are ready to help. The Family and Matrimonial law attorneys at Tully Rinckey routinely service clients throughout the region to include Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, Chenango, Cortland, Tompkins, Cayuga, Seneca, and Wayne Counties.

Our Syracuse team of Family and Matrimonial attorneys choose to practice in this field because they understand the importance of successfully resolving family matters, and that few things are as important, and as personal, as family. That’s why our Syracuse team is here to listen to your case and construct an approach tailored to your individual needs and goals. Our mission is to not only educate you on the law, but to provide creative and effective solutions.

There is a common misconception that family and marital matters are messy and contentious. While these issues are often emotional, our attorneys know that the path to reaching a positive outcome is different for every situation. Sometimes the best outcomes arise out of a mutual understanding and agreement between parties; but other times, it is necessary to litigate the matter. Our team of Syracuse attorneys is prepared to advise and fiercely represent you throughout the process.

If you are facing a family law issue, call a knowledgeable Syracuse family lawyer to assist in your needs. Our team of legal professionals at Tully Rinckey PLLC are experienced in handling all areas of family law and are available to help you address any legal issues you and your family encounter.

To schedule an initial consultation with a member from our experienced team, contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (315) 492-4700 or info@tullylegal.com

Our team of distinguished Syracuse attorneys available to assist you includes:

With more than just experience, our team of family and matrimonial attorneys are recognized for their ability to win cases against tough odds. Examples of cases that our team has earned favorable results have included:

  • Successful litigation of divorce proceedings that have awarded clients significant shares of premarital assets
  • Negotiation of settlements on child support violations that have included favorable judgements to waive off sanctions and money owed by clients
  • Divorce Settlements that award clients child support and spousal maintenance above the cap
  • Successfully litigate grandparent visitation proceedings, securing grandparents visitation rights
  • Effectively resolve and litigate custody matters which have maximized parenting time for clients
  • Enforcement of equitable distribution terms of separation agreements and judgments of divorces

Adoption

Adoption is the means of establishing the legal relationship of a parent and child between individuals who are not related in order to promote the best interest of the child. While adoption severs legal ties between the child and one or both birth parents, the adoptive child forms ties with new family members.
Through adoption, an adult other than the birth parent becomes responsible for the child’s physical and emotional well-being. There are many different types of adoption including domestic adoptions such as through an agency, private adoption, stepparent, foster or second parent adoptions, as well as international adoptions.

Adoption laws vary from state-to-state, making it vital to have the help of a knowledgeable adoption attorney to guide you through the process. At Tully Rinckey PLLC, our lawyers will ensure your adoption is legally sound in New York State and can also help make arrangements for counseling and other services before and after the adoption is finalized.

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Custody

“Parenting time” is the modern term for visitation in Syracuse courts. Physical custody refers to where your child resides most of the time. Sometimes it is awarded jointly, and the child resides with each parent fifty percent of the time. Joint custody can also mean the parents share custody, but the child resides primarily with one parent with substantial time with the other, though not equal amounts of time. In some cases, sole physical custody is awarded to one parent and the non-custodial parent is granted scheduled parenting time with the child.

Legal custody refers to which parent or parents have the right to have input before making major life decisions involving the child, such as those related to schooling, religion, extracurricular activities, and medical treatments. Courts in Syracuse normally grant joint legal custody so that both parents may cooperate in making decisions for their child, provided the parents are able to cooperate for parenting issues and maintain civility and respect, as this arrangement is always in the child’s best interests.

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Child Support

“Parenting time” is the modern term for visitation in Syracuse courts. Physical custody refers to where your child resides most of the time. Sometimes it is awarded jointly, and the child resides with each parent fifty percent of the time. Joint custody can also mean the parents share custody, but the child resides primarily with one parent with substantial time with the other, though not equal amounts of time. In some cases, sole physical custody is awarded to one parent and the non-custodial parent is granted scheduled parenting time with the child.

Legal custody refers to which parent or parents have the right to have input before making major life decisions involving the child, such as those related to schooling, religion, extracurricular activities, and medical treatments. Courts in Syracuse normally grant joint legal custody so that both parents may cooperate in making decisions for their child, provided the parents are able to cooperate for parenting issues and maintain civility and respect, as this arrangement is always in the child’s best interests.

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Divorce

Unfortunately, sometimes marriage does not always last forever. Divorce can be one of the most stressful and emotional events in a person’s life, and most who go through it want to finish the process quickly, and move on as soon as possible. However, there are many steps in a divorce action and it can be easy to become confused about what you need to do first.

An experienced attorney will protect your rights from the beginning of your divorce through any post-divorce issues.

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Equitable Distribution

Equitable distribution involves the dividing of marital assets as a result of the termination of a marriage.

Equitable distribution looks at the financial situation that each spouse will be in after they separate and/or divorce. There is a belief that each party will receive 50 percent of the marital assets, but this is a rebuttable presumption.

Marital Property

Marital property is property acquired by either spouse individually or the couple together during the time of marriage. There are three exceptions: inheritance received by one party, gifts given to one spouse by a third party, and compensation for personal injury received by one party.

Non-Marital Property

Separate or non-marital property is the property that each individual spouse brings into the marriage. However, in order for property to remain separate it should be kept in only one spouse’s name and not commingled with other marital property. Once separate property has been mixed, it is presumed to be marital property.

Businesses, professional licenses and practices, and earning potential are also considered “property” and are subject to equitable distribution. There is an important distinction between separate and marital property because this affects how property is divided. Upon divorce, separate property remains the property of the person who owned it prior to the divorce. Marital property, on the other hand, is divided between the spouses. In addition to the assets acquired during marriage, marital debt is also evaluated and equitably distributed upon divorce.

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Marital Agreements

In Syracuse, New York, marital agreements can be known as, if applicable, marital settlement or separation agreements.. This allows you and your spouse to negotiate your own property settlement, along with spousal and child support arrangements. As with other types of marital agreements, it must also address debt division between the spouses.

Premarital agreements are contracts parties may enter prior to their marriage taking place. Particularly in the case of marriages where one or both spouses has significant assets, or children from a previous marriage or relationship, a premarital agreement could be critical to protect the interests of anyone planning to wed.

Without a prenuptial agreement, you and your spouse would be subject to the property division laws of the state of New York, which according to New York Domestic Relations Law §236(B)(5) are based on the principle of “equitable distribution.” Ideally, a properly executed premarital agreement divides property in the way both of you desire.

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Military Divorce

Service members and non-military spouses pursuing a divorce face a unique set of challenges that civilians do not encounter when attempting to dissolve their union. Getting divorced is a complex process, and it is especially complicated in the military.

Even attorneys who have practiced family and matrimonial law for years can find themselves at a disadvantage when attempting to represent a service member or a non-military spouse. Tully Rinckey PLLC’s military divorce attorneys can help you navigate the potential pitfalls that military families face in their legal matter. These pitfalls can lurk in the division of property, where to file for divorce, military retirement and disability pay, child custody, and child support. The team of attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC can represent service members or their non-military spouses in New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. If you are located elsewhere, we can advise your attorney on the unique nuances of military divorce, child support, and retirement or veterans’ compensation issues.

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Postnuptial Agreements

The matters that are typically included in a postnuptial agreement vary depending on the couple. In many cases, though, a couple devises a postnuptial agreement because they want to protect certain assets in case of divorce and divide them the way they see fit, rather than how New York State law may split assets.

According to New York Domestic Relations Law §236(B)(3), your agreement may address possible spousal support (what used to be known as alimony) as well as property division, as courts in Syracuse will recognize an equitable postnuptial agreement as valid, even if it differs from state law on property division. However, any concealment of assets may invalidate the document, as would a scenario in which one spouse receives far more benefits than the other one.

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Prenuptial Agreements

While some may think prenuptial agreements are unromantic and a sign that a couple is setting a marriage up for failure, this is usually far from the truth. When one or both parties planning to wed have substantial assets, children from prior marriages, or an expectation of a significant inheritance or a business requiring protection, a prenuptial agreement could make their union more likely to succeed.

Also known as a premarital agreement, a prenuptial agreement can go a long way toward preventing later conflict over the terms of a divorce. A Syracuse matrimonial attorney can help you prepare an agreement protecting your assets and stipulating other conditions important to you.

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Separation Agreements

Not every couple undergoing marital difficulties necessarily wants to divorce right away. You and your spouse may decide on taking time apart to work out your differences or decide whether to make a split permanent. However, simply living apart does not constitute a legal separation.

No matter what you eventually do, a legal separation could serve as a resolution regarding the many issues you currently face. A Syracuse matrimonial attorney from Tully Rinckey PLLC can explain in further detail the functionality of a separation agreement and help you explore what aspects of your marriage an agreement could address.

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Spousal Support

During marriage, both spouses typically contribute to the household in some way. In many cases, one spouse may contribute non-financially while the other may be the primary breadwinner. Sometimes both spouses work outside the home, but one spouse may earn a higher salary than the other.

Spousal support laws can be difficult to understand and apply to your unique situation. There are many factors that affect the amount and type of award you receive or need to pay. If you have questions or concerns about spousal support, a steadfast Syracuse matrimonial attorney from Tully Rinckey PLLC can review your case, offer alternatives, and develop a plan to achieve your goals and satisfy your financial needs.

This type of spousal support is often referred to as “pendente lite,” which means “while the action is pending.” As defined in New York Domestic Relations Law §236(B)(5-a), it is ordered on a temporary basis to allow a financially dependent spouse to meet their basic financial needs during divorce proceedings.

The theory behind temporary spousal support is that since one household has become two, the financially dependent spouse in the dissolving relationship should be able to cover household bills and living expenses until a final support determination is made.

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No matter the family or marital matter you face, the respectful, knowledgeable and experienced Syracuse Attorneys at Tully Rinckey handle your legal representation with sensitivity and care. We protect your rights and fight to help you realize the legal outcomes you desire. Let us represent you today.

To schedule an initial consultation with a member from our experienced team, contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (315) 492-4700 or info@tullylegal.com

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