Family Law Lawyer Rockland County NY
A divorce or family law dispute can leave you worried about your present and future, especially when it involves your children. Paul B. Goldhamer and the NY & NJ family law attorneys at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. help families in Bergen County and Rockland County navigate the practical and legal implications of these deeply personal matters.
When you speak with a New York & New Jersey family attorney at KGG, you receive legal expertise presented with compassion and personal attention. We bring more than four decades of experience to the table, helping your negotiations run smoothly and fairly. If negotiations are unsuccessful, however, we have many years of courtroom experience that we will put to use to fight for your rights.
How can family law lawyers help?
There are a few characteristics that make matrimonial cases special when compared to standard civil law matters.
- High-stress: Legal proceedings cause stress for just about everyone but when it involves the end of a marriage or impacts parenting rights, the anxiety is much higher.
- Overlapping issues: It is common for a single family law case to involve several matters – from complicated division of assets to relocating children – and, consequently, higher stakes.
- Potential for ongoing court involvement: even when family law matters are resolved, a court may retain jurisdiction to enforce the orders or agreements reached and to settle any directly related matters that arise.
What is included in “matrimonial law”?
A matrimonial attorney, also often referred to as a family lawyer, may offer legal guidance and advice on family issues ranging from prenuptial agreements before a marriage to adjustments of child support and alimony long after a marriage is ended. Even if there never was a marriage, matrimonial lawyers may help parents establish paternity, work out parent relocation issues, and implement or enforce visitation agreements.
Our family lawyers have experience helping families in Rockland County and Bergen County with every aspect of matrimonial law. Our NJ and NY family law attorneys instill confidence in clients with their decades of skilled and knowledgeable representation. Areas where we can help include:
- Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
- Child Custody & Visitation Rights
- Division of Marital Assets
- Child Support
- Alimony & Spousal Maintenance
- Paternity Law for Unmarried Parents
- Post-Divorce Modifications
- Parental Relocation
- Domestic Violence
Each state has its own requirements about when and how a spouse may file for divorce. Many people do not realize they need to meet a residency requirement and base a petition for divorce on reasons listed in the state laws. Our attorneys help people make decisions that work for them and meet the requirements of the law.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
There is a long-standing myth that prenuptial agreements are not enforceable in court. In reality, they are valid if they are properly drafted. When done right, prenuptial agreements can be valuable for setting forth terms to govern property rights and issues like alimony, removing some of the question of what should happen if the marriage does end.
When a marriage does end, it is usually resolved with a post nuptial agreement. These should be skillfully drafted because they can potentially affect the rights and obligations of the former spouses for decades to come.
KGG lawyers put their extensive experience to work to negotiate and draft effective agreements that encapsulate the parties’ intentions and that will stand up to challenge if necessary.
Child Custody & Visitation Rights
Child custody and visitation issues can arise regardless of whether the parents were married. When there is no agreement, tensions can rise and the situation can become highly emotional. Our family lawyers focus on the immediate issues while keeping the long-term in mind. We help you reach solutions that will benefit your children now and in the long run.
Division of Marital Assets
Whether you are in New York or New Jersey, you may not comprehend just how far-reaching the division of marital assets is until you are faced with a dissolution. Residential property, family business assets and retirement accounts are just a few of the factors that impact how the assets are divided. New York and New Jersey do not follow precisely the same standards but our attorneys are well-versed in the procedures and likely outcomes no matter which state your proceeding takes place in.
New York and New Jersey both recognize the obligation of custodial and non-custodial parents alike to financially support their children. Each state uses calculators to determine child support amounts but there are factors that can influence the courts to order other amounts instead. KGG family attorneys are here to help parents determine, refine or modify child support obligations.
Alimony & Spousal Maintenance
Unless there is a clear prenuptial agreement in place, alimony and spousal maintenance often becomes a key issue in a divorce proceeding. New York and New Jersey laws recognize several forms of alimony that may be applicable depending on the situation. Our divorce attorneys are here to offer guidance to individuals who are going through a divorce and need to establish alimony or spousal maintenance, as well as those who may need to have a support order modified based on changed circumstances.
Paternity Law for Unmarried Parents
An unmarried biological father is not automatically recognized by law as his child’s father. Each state has its own process for establishing paternity and fathers who do not follow the procedure may not have the rights they expect. At Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, our family law attorneys help parents establish paternity and navigate related matters like child support.
Life changes that affect job status, income, or residence could be reason to modify an alimony or child support order. Matrimonial attorneys at our firm work with you to effectively implement the necessary post-divorce modifications – amicably if possible, but we are not afraid to litigate when warranted.
When there is a custody order in place, a parent must work toward an agreement with the other parent or obtain an order from the court before relocating. We use our years of experience to counsel parents and help effectuate parental relocation, preventing a violation of a court order.
Domestic violence situations can amplify the tension that already abounds in a family law case. For a victim, it is necessary to act quickly to protect their safety. For those accused of domestic violence, charges can have a serious impact on child custody, visitation, and other rights. Our matrimonial lawyers keep the best interest of the family in mind while working towards a solution that protects your rights.
Call a knowledgeable and compassionate matrimonial attorney
When you need an attorney in New York or New Jersey to advise you in a matter of matrimonial law, you need Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. Our family law attorneys in Bergen County and Rockland County keep your rights in the forefront as we work toward a solution for your family.
Moving Out of State And Child Custody FAQ
As a trusted Rockland County, NY family law lawyer understands, moving out of state when you have child custody obligations can be difficult. There are many reasons a parent may need to move out of state, whether it is to take care of an ailing loved one or to move because of work obligations. However, when there is child custody to consider, it is not as simple as selling the house, packing up, and moving. Instead, you should consult with your lawyer from Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. to see how we can help you with this process. To learn more, give our office a call.
What is the process for moving?
Moving is never truly a simple process. People usually have years of memories in one place, they need to work with a realtor to sell their home, then they need to pack everything up and move it across town or across states to get it to their new home.
However, when you share custody of your children with your children’s other parent, this can certainly make matters more complicated.
Does the children’s other parent have to agree?
Many states make it a requirement that in order for one parent to move with the child, the child’s other parent must fully agree to this. In the state of New York, you cannot pick up and move your child even if you think you have a good enough reason. A Rockland County family law lawyer knows that you and your children’s other parent must work out a plan for primary physical custody and visitation throughout the year. A judge will review your case and examine why one parent wants to move, whether they are hoping to relocate the child or have certain visitation requirements, and what kind of relationship both parents have with the child.
Does child support change?
Though each state might have different laws when it comes to the amount of child support one parent has to pay, it is possible to continue with the original child support payment plan. If the non-custodial parent moves to a different state and is not paying their required child support amount, it is still possible to garnish their wages from out of state.
What can I do when the other parent is being difficult?
If you are the custodial parent and you are hoping to move your child to a different state or out of the agreed-upon boundaries, it is important that you begin speaking with a lawyer as soon as possible. It’s not impossible to get the rules changed but the sooner you begin working with a lawyer the sooner you can speak with a judge about changing these orders. You will need to speak with your lawyer about having compelling reasons for moving your child and how the move will positively impact them while still maintaining a relationship with the other parent.
When you are ready to move forward, reach out to the team at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. We want to help you. Call our Rockland County family law lawyer today.
Additional Family Law Resources:
- NY Courts, Divorce Basics, https://www.nycourts.gov/courthelp/family/divorceBasics.shtml
- New Jersey Department of Human Services, Child Support: It’s more than just money, http://www.njchildsupport.org/Home
- New York Courts, Child Support, https://www.nycourts.gov/courthelp/family/childSupport.shtml