Bronx Divorce Attorney
When going through a divorce, it is imperative you have access to sound, reliable counsel. At the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C., our Bronx divorce attorneys provide practical advice while ensuring you understand your rights under New York’s divorce laws.
Our Bronx divorce attorneys are successful because they are:
- Experienced and determined;
- Caring and helpful;
- Knowledgeable and resourceful; and
- Dedicated and decisive.
Whether you need help with complex property division, child support, and visitation, alimony, or child custody, the professionals at the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. can build a legal strategy to meet your divorce goals. We understand divorce is upsetting, stressful, and at times, confusing. Call our Bronx office to schedule a case consultation and learn the answers to your most pressing legal questions.
You Need a Bronx Divorce Lawyer on Your Side
Getting divorced is difficult and emotionally taxing. The processes involved affect your entire family. To make divorce as painless as possible, the divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. protect your rights and interests throughout your divorce while preserving your rights to any marital assets.
As your divorce attorneys, we address the following, and more on your behalf:
- Property division;
- Child support;
- Child custody;
- Child visitation;
- Temporary support; and
We also build and study your case as if we were going to trial before the judge. This gives our divorce attorneys an advantage in any settlement negotiations.
During your divorce, the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. provides you with quality representation while keeping any proceedings as amicable as possible for you and your family’s sake. Divorce is not a pleasant experience, but it does not need to be worsened by your attorney’s actions.
Schedule an appointment to speak with a Bronx divorce attorney at the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. We want to eliminate any confusion you may have about the New York divorce process before proceeding with any family law matter.
New York’s Divorce and Residency Requirements
Divorce is the legal ending of a marriage or marital union by court order. In a divorce, there is a canceling or reorganizing of the legal duties and responsibilities of the marriage.
New York has residency requirements for filing a divorce within its borders. Regardless of living arrangements or physical abandonment, New York requires one spouse to meet its residency requirements before a divorce is filed and granted within the state.
New York’s residency requirements are as follows:
- The marriage occurred in New York, and one spouse has lived in New York for at least one year;
- The couple lived in New York as a married couple, and one spouse has lived in New York for at least one year;
- One spouse has lived in New York for at least two years;
- One spouse resided in New York for at least one year, and the cause of the divorce arose in New York; or
- Both spouses are New York residents, and the cause of the divorce originated in New York.
- A spouse, or spouses, only need to meet one of the above to qualify for a divorce in New York.
Grounds for Divorce in New York
New York is one of the only states to have grounds for divorce still. In 2010, New York added an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage as a seventh ground for divorce. This is a no-fault ground for divorce.
The other six grounds for divorce in New York are:
- Cruel and inhuman treatment;
- Abandonment for at least one year;
- Imprisonment for three or more years;
- Living separately for more than a year after a legal separation; and
- Living separately for more than a year.
Once legally separated spouses live apart for more than a year, they may file for a conversion divorce. This is a divorce based on their agreed legal separation documents.
What Is an Uncontested Divorce in New York?
In an uncontested divorce, both spouses are seeking a divorce and agree about all matters applicable to their divorce case, including:
- Finances; and
Spouses may be close to an agreement but need a little help finalizing issues. This is where a skilled divorce attorney can step in and negotiate any remaining problems with the other side or move the case to a method of alternative dispute resolution like mediation.
What Is a Contested Divorce in New York?
A contested divorce can require multiple trips to the courthouse and judicial hearings. In a contested divorce, one spouse or the other spouse generally:
- Does not want a divorce;
- Disagrees about the grounds for the divorce; or
- Disagrees about the children, finances, and property arrangements following the divorce.
It is wise for parties to settle as many issues as possible in a contested divorce rather than allowing the court to decide matters on their behalf. This results in the best possible chances of the parties being happy with any post-divorce arrangements.
There are situations where alternative dispute resolution and settlement processes are inappropriate for divorcing spouses. These are in marital relationships involving domestic violence or child abuse.
Contact a Bronx Divorce Lawyer
If you need help with any aspect of your divorce, emotional, financial, or legal, call the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. Our Bronx divorce lawyers have decades of experience in every area of divorce law and procedure. We want to help you protect your legal rights and secure your assets.
Contact the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. to schedule a consultation.