Chappaqua Divorce Lawyers Serving Westchester County
Going through a contested divorce can be a difficult time in anyone's life. Having an attorney whom you trust can help make your divorce a little bit easier.
At the law office of Grimes & Zimet, our divorce attorneys are sensitive to the needs of our clients both before and during the entire divorce process. We strive to make clients as comfortable as possible by using all available resources and keeping clients informed throughout their divorce case. With offices in Chappaqua and New York City, we serve clients in Westchester County and the surrounding areas.
Divorce does not necessarily mean you have to go to court to resolve your issues before a judge. You have other options to explore in reaching an amicable resolution to your divorce. Other than the costly and stressful litigation process, clients have the options of selective collaborative divorce or mediation.
As of October 2010, the divorce laws in New York State were amended. Get in touch with our firm today to learn how these changes may affect your case.
Grounds for Divorce in New York State
Until October 2010, New York was not a no-fault divorce state. This meant that you were required to prove a fault ground or you must have been legally separated from or lived separate and apart from your spouse pursuant to the terms of a written separation agreement for at least a year before a divorce could be granted. Now that the laws have changed, no-fault can be considered as a grounds for divorce or separation much sooner. Some of the grounds for divorce include:
- Cruel and inhuman treatment
- Constructive abandonment
- Confinement in a prison for a period of three years or more consecutive years
- The commission of an act of adultery (mere allegations or admission of cheating is not sufficient)
- The husband and wife have lived separate and apart pursuant to a written agreement of separation for a period of one or more years
- The relationship between the husband and wife has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months
- No fault divorce
Contested and Uncontested Divorce in New York
Our firm represents clients in uncontested divorces when the husband and wife agree on all issues in the divorce, such as who gets what property (equitable property division), where the children will live (child custody and visitation ), and how much will be paid in alimony (spousal maintenance ) and child support. We provide skilled guidance on issues such as:
We also help clients in contested divorces in which the husband and wife cannot agree on one or more issues. Most couples do not agree on all issues. We strongly encourage clients to try and resolve their disagreements through collaborative divorce or mediation. In the case of a contested divorce, our attorneys can draw on a wide variety of experts to assist us in divorce proceedings. These experts may include pension evaluators, tax experts, medical or psychological professionals, business valuation specialists, property appraisers, accountants, and private investigators.
For additional information about divorce and divorce-related matters, please review our Family Law FAQs or visit our New York Divorce Information.
Contact Our Chappaqua Divorce Agreement Attorneys
You don't have to face divorce alone just because you believe that retaining a lawyer may be too costly. We will explore the possibility of pursuing an award of counsel fees from your spouse if you are the less monied spouse. To schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced divorce attorney you can trust, contact our law firm. A Westchester County divorce lawyer at our office can meet with you to discuss your specific needs and goals for the outcome of the case.