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If you or your spouse have reached the difficult decision to part ways, you face important questions on how to handle the property, wealth and children your marriage produced. A carefully-drafted separation agreement by one of our Long Island separation agreements attorneys can help you answer these questions and avoid the augmented stress and uncertainty of a court proceeding.

Spousal Support

Generally, spouses have become accustomed to a certain standard of living and, in some cases, one becomes dependent on the other. A separation agreement can address alimony or other spousal support.

In one alternative, the other spouse can completely waive alimony or support. You or your spouse could agree on an amount. Either way, the separation agreement bars the spouse’s right to sue for alimony or post-separation support. Such may avoid an airing in court of accusations of infidelity, abuse, indignities or other misconduct that caused the marital discord.

Property Settlement

Separation agreements often establish a scheme to divide marital property and allocate responsibility for particular debts. Terms may address who keeps the property and who assumes the mortgage. In some cases, the non-residing spouse may take on the mortgage payments and have them treated as spousal or child support payments.

For property and debts in each spouse’s individual names, an agreement on division may not require much effort or oversight after the spouses sign. Joint debts complicate matters. While you and the spouse can decide upon ultimate responsibility between you, creditors are not bound by separation agreements. If both your names are on the account, you have to contemplate how you’ll make sure the other spouse keeps the credit card or debt payments current. The other spouse’s non-compliance could ruin your credit.

Spousal Inheritance Rights

Without a separation agreement, you cannot shut your spouse out of the estate. In other words, at your death, your spouse has certain rights to your estate even if you leave the spouse out of your will. If you die without a will, your spouse automatically gets a share of your estate as determined by the statute.

The separation agreement can specify that your spouse waives his or her rights to share in any part of your estate. These rights include dower, election for a spousal share in place of the will and to be a beneficiary of your spouse’s estate.

Divorce terminates the spouse’s rights to share in your estate. Without a separation agreement, you take a chance that you’ll die before a divorce becomes final and your spouse will be able to share in your estate.

Provisions About the Children

In your separation agreement, you can provide for custody arrangements. These may include sharing legal custody with one spouse having primary physical custody, or a parent having both the sole physical and legal custody. For visitation, you can establish a schedule or frequency of weekends, whether to alternate holidays and restrictions on non-related overnight guests if that is a concern of yours.

With minor children also comes the matter of child support. Here, the agreement may set the amount of monthly support and determine who provides for the children’s health insurance. You can also address your children’s higher education. Specifically, such issues include who pays, the amount and any limits tied to a particular college or university.

The court is not automatically bound to honor provisions about minor children because it guards the best interests and general welfare of the children. Thus, an agreement may not prevent your spouse from asking a court to change custody or support terms. A judge may oblige if the terms are not in the child’s best interests, a court order may replace what you and the spouse agreed.

A Basis for Divorce

New York Domestic Relations Law Section 170(6) allows the separation agreement to be a ground for divorce if you have lived separate and apart from your spouse for one year after signing it. To get a divorce on this basis, you need to file the agreement with the clerk of court’s office before or at the time you ask for a divorce. Also, the court will want proof you have fulfilled your promises under the agreement.

As an alternative, you can seek a divorce by claiming an “irretrievable” deterioration of your marriage for a six-month period. If you go this route, your divorce does not become final until the court or you and your spouse – after the start of the divorce action – have resolved your property division, custody, spousal support and child support issues. While each case differs, these disputes could linger for numerous months into the divorce action.

Enforcing the Agreement

Separation agreements are contracts. If your spouse or ex-spouse violates it, you can seek an order in court for the spouse or former spouse to perform. Our attorneys can advise you on the benefits of allowing the agreement to survive the divorce.

Having an attorney assist you can help avoid obstacles to its enforceability in court. Judges likely will not enforce them if you tried to hide property or accounts from your spouse while you worked out details of the agreement. Lying about your property or other important matters may void the agreement. However, the mere fact that you fall short of an obligation doesn’t prove fraud. Also, be aware that resumption of marital relations, such as living together, may revoke the separation agreement.

Contact one of our long island separation agreements attorneys for advice or representation in fashioning an agreement that protects your interests.


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Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
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debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
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Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

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Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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