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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..."

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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."

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Long Island Visitation Rights Lawyers

As a parent, it is probably very important to you to be able to see your children. Ideally, children should have both parents in their lives if at all possible. Unfortunately, in some cases, child visitation can become quite complicated. However, our legal team can help you ensure that your parental rights are respected and that you are able to see your child regularly. This can be good for both you and your son or daughter.

Child Visitation

Child visitation refers to the ability to visit with your child, even though you do not have custody of your child. In a lot of cases, parents are able to work with one another to come up with a visitation schedule that is fair and reasonable for both parents and that works out well for the child. However, some parents are not able to get along with one another well enough to do this. If this is the case, then a judge can help. If this is a situation that you are involved in and if you would like help, someone from our legal team can assist you in getting visitation of your son or daughter.

Visitation Law in New York State

In general, non-custodial parents are granted visitation by judges in New York State unless a good reason is given why this is a bad idea. At the hearing, there will be a judge present. In most cases, both parents are present, and any other family members or other witnesses who might be involved in the case may be present as well. If there is a caseworker involved with your case, he or she will also generally be present at the hearing.

There are various types of visitation. You could be granted regular visits for a few hours for each visit, or you might come up with a schedule so that your children can stay with you every other weekend or on some other similar schedule. In some cases, supervised visitation is scheduled, such as if there is reason to believe that this might be in the best interests of the child. The courts might also help with things like determining how dropoffs and pickups of the children will be handled, such as if you need to drop off and pick up your child at a neutral place to help avoid disagreements with the other parent.

If you have been unable to see your child because the other parent has sole custody and because you have not been able to work out a visitation agreement, then you might be dealing with a lot of emotions. It is probably very important to you to be able to see your child, and you could be wondering how you can handle the case. Filing a visitation petition with New York State for a visitation hearing is often the first step if two parents are not able to work things out on their own.

Of course, you do not actually have to work with a lawyer in order to fill out a petition for a visitation hearing. However, since this is a very important matter, you probably want to make sure that you handle things the right way. If you hire one of our experienced family court lawyers, then you can have the professional assistance that you need when filling out your petition and when going to court. This can be comforting when you are going through such a difficult time, and it can also help you ensure that your case is handled properly and that you get the visitation that you deserve.

Are we considered to be separated since we never lived together?

This is a great question. The answer is that no state in the USA requires spouses to live together, while they are married. Understanding of marital law isn’t based on them sharing the same roof. Unless you, or your spouse, files a document with your court, such as a settlement agree for a legal separation – the court isn’t aware that you aren’t functioning as a married couple. As a result, while you may be morally considered separated, you aren’t legally separated.

Legal Separation is different from informal separation

In states that recognize legal separation, your separation agreement addresses all the issues between you and your spouse – like custody, support, and other martial division of assets. Without this, even if you don’t live together – you aren’t considered separated.

Even if you are legally separated – you are still legally married. That means if you become romantically involved with someone besides your spouse, then that’s considered adultery. It also means means, if you decide to get divorced soon – then your spouse can use that relationship – that adultery, against you. Some states will take this into account, and weigh it against you when deciding things like alimony.

In some states, marital property is considered everything acquired from the data of the marriage, to the date one of the spouses files for divorce. It includes assets and debts. If you live in one of these states, and haven’t filed for a legal separation, then you remain responsible for any debts your spouse runs up. Your spouse is legally entitled to a portion of the property you acquire during the informal separation. So, even if you aren’t living together – if you acquire any property, your spouse will be entitled to it. If one of your spouses files for divorce, and asks a court to distribute that marital property – some states will look at the situation, and acknowledge the fact you didn’t intend on remaining married – if you lived apart for so many years. It all depends on the discretion of the court.

In some cases, it can make sense to have a long-term separation, without a divorce. For example, one of the spouses can continue getting coverage on the other spouses health insurance policy. In addition, you can collect Social Security benefits, based on your spouses’ contributions if you have remained married for 10 years, or more, without divorcing. In addition, if your spouse dies, and you’re legally married – then you are entitled to his, or her, assets and property – since it’s considered your mutual property.


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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.
Asata Hendricks
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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