It’s important to understand that litigation can’t always be avoided. Even the best leaders, people like you, have unwanted litigation. It can be emotional and overwhelming.
Whether you encounter litigation in the course of business or it’s a family matter, you need an advocate who understands your unique situation and will protect what’s truly important.
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Maybe. Although court personnel are friendly and will help with procedural questions, they cannot provide legal advice. If you want to see what’s involved in filing an uncontested divorce, the forms and requirements for service, as well as filing fees are published on the New York State Court’s website.
Consider that finding a lawyer you trust is an investment in your emotional health and your family’s future. A good lawyer should explain the divorce process and give you clear instructions on gathering information so they can prepare and file necessary documents and disclosures for you. Your attorney will also complete or accept service on your behalf. Hiring a lawyer signals that you care that it’s handled professionally and with the utmost consideration.
When custody is at question, the judge must consider a child’s “best interests.” The “best interests” are a test, requiring the judge to balance the ability of each parent to meet the needs of the child or children. In New York, children are often appointed their own representative from a panel of Attorneys for the Child, whose opinions judges often consider alongside the parents – another reason to consider having your own attorney.
The intent of the law is for child support to be fair. However, the actual formula to arrive at the amount of support is determined by a number of factors including the age and number of children involved, where the children live the majority of the time, and the incomes of both parents. Check my Resources page for a link to a useful maintenance and support calculator. A good attorney can help you articulate how the child’s best interests are being met.