Experienced High Conflict Divorce Lawyers in Westchester County and New York City
In many divorces, the parties cannot work together due to the ill feelings, anger, domestic violence and the mutual distrust they may have toward each other. Other factors may be financial, child custody, child support or spousal maintenance. These factors lead to the parties' engagement in headed arguments and bitter disputes, sometimes over minor issues. When a divorce is acrimonious or high conflict, it makes it more difficult to reach a settlement on the issues and dissolve the marriage in a timely manner.
With over 75 years of combined experience, our attorneys at the Chappaqua and New York City offices of Grimes & Zimet are skilled at handling all types of divorces, including high conflict divorces. We understand the toll that these types of divorces can take on an individual and an entire family. We work hard to minimize the stress and anxiety, while working toward an end to the case as efficiently as possible. If you are involved in a highly contested and emotionally charged divorce, contact our firm today to learn more about how we can help you.
As of October 2010, the divorce laws in New York State were amended. Get in touch with a lawyer at Grimes & Zimet today to learn how these changes may affect your case.
Child Custody and Parental Alienation
Aside from complex financial issues, the custody of the child or children often surfaces in a high conflict divorce. Oftentimes, parents engaged in litigation use the children as pawns in an effort to achieve a tactical advantage or to bolster an unreasonable position. When a divorce is particularly bitter and parents are frequently arguing in front of their children, the parents may not be aware of the impact that the arguing and emotions have on the children. These situations can lead to the children's distancing from one or both parents. Unfortunately, some parents attempt to inject the children into a bitter divorce dispute, discussing the details of the litigation with them. In some cases, a mental health professional describes a parent's attempt to negatively influence a child to become separated from and/or reject the other parent. This can be a very damaging situation and should be avoided at all costs.
It is possible to enlist the assistance of experts and professionals in order to help couples who find themselves in this difficult situation. These professionals can aid in the promotion of communication for parents and hopefully prevent alienation or correct any alienation that may have occurred.
Reckless Spending, Dissipation or Concealment of Marital Assets
One issue that can agitate an individual who is already involved in a high conflict divorce is the other spouse's dissipation or concealment of valuable marital assets for his or her own benefit and to squander the couple's retirement assets. Judges and courts do not look upon this type of issue lightly and may adjust the final distribution of the marital assets in favor of the victimized spouse. A judge may take the spending into consideration when determining how property and assets are to be divided. New York is an equitable distribution state.
Contact Our Chappaqua or New York City, Divorce Lawyers Today
Let our Chappaqua and White Plains high conflict divorce lawyers help you through this difficult time. Contact our New York City or Chappaqua offices today to schedule an appointment. Our legal team at Grimes & Zimet can help.
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