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We Take On Fewer Cases Purposefully

Most divorce law firms treat clients like a conveyer belt. They don’t care about service necessarily. They have quotas, and that’s about it. We’re different.

We’re selective about how many new clients we take on each month, which means if we do decide to help you – you can count on optimal service and results. We prefer working with less clients, because it allows us to dedicate more resources to helping them get better results. Unlike other attorneys, we don’t assign non-attorneys to handle the bulk of the work on your case. Our dedicated divorce lawyers do the majority of the work on your case. When you hire us, you have an attorney who focuses exclusively in divorce law. Divorce is a turning point in your life – shouldn’t you have a law firm whose focused on you? We treat your case – as if it were our own family member’s. That’s the Spodek Law Group difference.

NYC Divorce Attorney – Risk Free Consultation

Divorce is a decision you think about many times. The great thing is, we offer a risk free consultation, in person, or over the phone. During the risk free consultation you can ask us anything you’d like about your case. We explain your legal rights, and what options you have. By taking advantage of this risk free consultation you get to learn more about us, and we get to learn more about you. We have convenient locations all over New York – including NYC, Nassau, and Suffolk County. We can meet you at whichever location is more convenient to you. Moreover, our team of divorce lawyers has experience handling tough cases. With over 50 years of combined experience, we’ve seen some of the most shocking divorce situations. The one thing that’s never changed is the dedication, discipline, and attentiveness to detail we bring to each and every case.

Top Divorce Lawyers

Our team of divorce attorneys has been recognized by top rated lawyer ranking services, like Avvo, National Trial Lawyers Organization, Super Lawyers, and many others. When you hire us, you’re working with a top notch NYC divorce law firm. Most importantly, when you hire us, you can trust in our unbiased approach. We’re your ally – and we work hard for you. It’s not uncommon for spouses to get nasty during divorce. We understand this, and we’re here to make sure they don’t try and take advantage of you. We use the law, and our experience handling matrimony cases, to prevent mistakes and compromises that could hurt you.

We Handle Uncontested Divorce Cases

We understand some divorces may be amicable, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be on your guard. Many divorce lawyers apply a cookie cutter approach to uncontested divorces, and overlook the small details – which can harm your future. Generally in an uncontested divorce, both parties are in agreement, and there’s a degree of civility to the proceedings. In simple terms, it means the spouses reached an agreement without a court/judge having to resolve the issues at hand. These divorces usually proceed faster through the courts, and are less expensive. It lets spouses move on with their lives. Unfortunately, even uncontested divorces can be difficult. No divorce is final until things like assets, debt, the diamond ring, gemstones, spousal support, alimony, etc are discussed and handled. In the event you and your spouse don’t agree, you’ll need an attorney to intervene and apply the law where necessary. In some cases it might be necessary to go to court. Our family law attorneys are competent, and proficient, in handling all types of divorce cases. We have many trial lawyers who work for us, and are aggressive in protecting your rights. No case is too hard. If the opposing party isn’t willing to be fair, we’re unafraid of taking a tough stance, and threatening litigation if necessary.

In some cases, if there is a prenup signed, it can make an uncontested divorce can go even smoother. Prenuptial agreements are tools that help immensely. The agreement is a contract which can help negotiate between you and your spouse in order to prevent litigation, and financial exposure. When you hire our matrimonial lawyers, we can help you navigate the prenup agreement —- or if necessary, challenge it. When you have a prenup agreement in place, the agreement forecasts what will happen financially, and personally, in the event there is a divorce or legal separation. Often, having one of these can save you 10’s of thousands of dollars. Our attorneys have significant experience drafting these agreements, and protecting our clients through them. We pride ourselves on having the know-how on drafting “ironclad,” prenup agreements. We always follow the latest trends in the law. We update our methodologies in order to ensure that prenups/postnups are enforceable and will be upheld by the courts. Prenups, and marital agreements, aren’t a one size fits all type of process. They have to be customized to the needs of each party. We help you understand how the prenup can help you – and where it falls short.

Want to settle out of court? We can help with that

There’s a lot of advantages to settling your case out of court. We can help you save time, money, and emotional pain. If you settle out of court, sometimes it can help – sometimes it can hurt. It all depends on how hard you negotiate, and the attorney representing you. While settling out of court, can help you save money in the short term – it can hurt you in the long term. Settling out of court might mean you settle for less. At the Spodek Law Group, our New York divorce lawyers want you to get the results you deserve. You should never have buyers remorse from settling your case. We help you negotiate in a manner that protects your interests. We never compromise, and do everything possible to take your legal issues to court – and get results. Divorce can be a long process, but we don’t recommend settling your case prematurely.

There’s a number of ways to reaching a settlement in an uncontested divorce. Some couples try to negotiate a settlement before either party files for divorce. Others will finalize during the mediation process. Other spouses try to settle the case during trial. The process can vary depending on what’s going on in your case.

If your spouse is cooperating, and you’re able to retain a level of civility, it might be easier to reach a settlement out of court. Some spouses have difficulty controlling their emotions. Some will purposefully drag out the court proceedings. They do this for a number of reasons, one of them could be to try to increase the cost of the divorce in order to hurt the other spouse.

Another reason for possible disagreements is agreements about child custody. This is one of the most common reasons for divorces to drag on. For example, if your spouse is suffering from hangovers perpetually, this can be an issue re: domestic violence and child custody rights. If you, and your spouse, can agree on child custody, it’s probably going to be easier to settle out of court. The quicker you and your spouse can agree on issues pertaining to children, the easier it is to settle.

Another reason for disagreement is existing marital agreements. If you have a prenup, or postnup, then it may end up settling the issues you have. In some cases though, your spouse/or you, may decide to challenge the nuptial agreement. This is not common, but if you feel like the agreement was done in bad faith – it may be possible to challenge the agreement and dissolve it. In situations like this, it is important to make sure you have legal representation. If you don’t have an attorney, it’ll be very difficult to challenge the prenup/postnup. If you have a competent NY divorce attorney on your side, it’s easier to challenge the agreement.

It’s possible to settle a divorce before it goes to court, but it’s important to realize this isn’t typical. Spouses have differences, and this can create friction when trying to negotiate settlements. We recommend even if you do reach a settlement, – to run it by your divorce lawyer.

Alimony can be a sticking point in divorces, we can help

Alimony can be ordered by a judge. If a spouse is facing hardships without financial support, then spousal support may be considered by the judge. If you need spousal support, we encourage you to bring this to our attention as soon as possible. The deciding factor for spousal support in New York State is whether or not the the spouse in question will be able to maintain himself/herself after the divorce. In other words, the law makes it clear a husband, or wife, shouldn’t be forced to live at a level below what they’re used to during the marriage.

We can help with 401(k)’s in divorces as well

If you and your spouse have retirement savings, this is very important and a huge part of your financial security. Divorce can throw a huge wrench into your plans. For example, if you had a settlement – with the help of a personal injury lawyer, this settlement could be an issue when facing divorce. As a result, it’s good if you speak to our attorneys have your pension plans, 401(k)’s, and other retirement benefits. We will fight tooth and nail to ensure you keep as much of your retirement savings as possible. Under the New York Domestic Relations Law, it’s law that the defendant spouse is entitled to a share of the retirement plan proceeds. In case you were married after a 401k/retirement fund was made, the dependent spouse can’t claim an interest in the funds. One of the things we can advise you on, is tax planning when it comes to your 401k. Cashing out early can expose you to tax liabilities. We can help you negotiate a settlement which allows you to gain ownership in the funds without having to pay immediate taxes.

We can help you resolve child custody issues after the divorce happens

This is a very important question. Custody is usually divided into two components, physical and legal. Physical means where the children live. Legal refers to who makes important decisions for the children. Both of these custodies can be either joint, or sole. In NY, there are laws which calculate child support payments. The amount is based on each parent’s income. If there’s a judge presiding over your divorce, then the judge has ultimate authority on child support. The judge has the option to deviate from the guidelines.

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