Filing for Divorce in Westchester County
Legal Guidance Is Always a Good Idea in a Divorce
As we have all heard, statistics show that a high percentage of marriages
end in divorce – around 50% of first marriages and even higher rates
for subsequent marriages. However, no one who marries the love of their
life expects their marriage to end in divorce one day. If your marriage
is one of the many that has not worked out as planned, then you are not
alone. Get the counsel of a compassionate and experienced Westchester
County divorce lawyer to guide you through this process.
Why You Need a Divorce Lawyer in Westchester County
The divorce process can be one of the most stressful and traumatic experiences
a person will face. Considering the amount of time, energy, and effort
that goes into building a marriage and a family, it's understandable
that breaking up can be an extremely emotional and devastating experience
for all parties involved.
While divorce may be the best solution for your situation, it can still
be a highly volatile process. For this reason, it's absolutely critical
to enlist the services of a seasoned Westchester County divorce attorney.
Call our divorce attorneys in Westchester County to find out what help
we can offer as you navigate a marital dissolution.
Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law has been in private practice
for more than 35 years. We have helped countless individuals in Westchester
County and the surrounding areas reach successful outcomes in their divorces.
Let us help you, too!
Services We Offer Divorcing Clients
Although no two divorce cases are identical, there are core issues that
will need to be addressed. Some of the most pressing issues in any divorce include:
In some cases, a judge will award maintenance to one of the spouses. When
there are children involved, the parents will have to decide upon child
custody, visitation, and child support. If the parents cannot come to
an agreement on such matters, then the court will have to step in and
decide these matters for them.
Family Law Court & the “Best Interest” of the Child
In contested divorces involving children, the court will make its decisions
based on what is in the best interests of the children. Here are some
of the factors that the Family Law Court will take into consideration
when deciding child custody, visitation, and support:
Primary Caretaker – Which parent was the primary caretaker of the child(ren) before
Stability – If the children have already been living with one parent before
the divorce, then the Court will take the effects of change into consideration.
Abuse, Neglect, or Abandonment – The Court will look to place the children in the healthiest possible
home environment with (a) parent(s) who will care for them.
Child Care – Priority is often given to the parent who can provide the best
childcare arrangements, especially in cases where both parents work.
Education – The Court will take into consideration the quality of the educational
opportunities that are available near each parent’s residence.
Finances – The custodial parent must be able to financially support the children.
Drug/Alcohol Use – A history of drug and/or alcohol abuse will have a negative effect
on a parent’s ability to obtain custody.
Mental Health – A history of mental illness or instability can have a negative
effect on a parent’s ability to obtain custody.
Physical Health – Custodial parents must be physically capable of caring for their
children and for the family as a whole.
Location of Siblings – The Court often seeks to keep siblings together, so the location
of any siblings or half-siblings can play a large part in the Court’s
Child’s Preference – The age of the child is a factor in this, as well as the Court’s
views on the child’s ability to make their own decisions. The closer
the child is to 18 years old, the more weight their preference will have.
Call (914) 873-4410 Today for the Help You Need
At Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law, our Westchester County divorce
attorneys can handle all types of divorce cases and walk with you through
each step. No matter how amicable your divorce may appear at the beginning,
divorce proceedings are rarely predictable and neither is the behavior
of the other spouse. Therefore, it is critical that you seek out your
own legal representation as soon as possible.
Attorney Andrea Friedman desires to use her experience and credentials to fight for clients throughout
Westchester County. Our attorneys are caring and compassionate and will
always look out for your best interest through the legal process; however,
should matters take a turn for the worse, we will zealously stand up for
your rights while pursuing your objectives at all times.