No one has ever said ending a marriage is easy, but with almost 20 years supporting clients through divorce and other family law issues, Law Office of Malorie A. Carbone can help ease the tension during this difficult period. As a trusted divorce attorney, I have helped my clients craft child custody agreements, make a case for child or spousal support, and fairly divide marital assets and debts. With an eye toward the future, my firm helps clients look past their current situations so they can begin creating their post-divorce lives in a way that benefits them and their families.
The stress of divorce can be eased by hiring a knowledgeable, compassionate counselor who understands your needs and is ready to fight to protect your rights. When I speak to clients who are separating from their spouses, we discuss a variety of factors including why they are divorcing, whether they may require spousal support or temporary support, how marital assets will be distributed, and how marital debts will be divided. I believe it is important to share information and possible outcomes so that you can make the best decisions, and that starts with ensuring you understand the law and your options.
In New York, people filing for divorce must meet a residency requirement and allege a ground, or reason, for the divorce. Whether that ground is no-fault, such as citing an irretrievable breakdown, or fault-based, residents seeking a divorce may do so after a year of separation. As an equitable distribution state, New York divides marital assets in a way that is fair though not necessarily equal. While you are generally entitled to keep your personal income and property in your name, a judge will decide how the marital estate (debts and assets amassed during the marriage) is to be distributed. Whether your divorce is amicable or contentious, I will seek workable solutions that protect your interests.
New York courts determine legal and physical child custody based on what they believe to be in the best interests of the child. Legal custody involves the right to make important decisions concerning the child’s welfare, while physical or residential custody refers to where the child lives. The overarching goal is to ensure that both parents have contact with their children if that is deemed appropriate. However, there are cases when joint custody is not best for a child. Either way, a skilled lawyer with in-depth knowledge of New York child custody laws can help you work toward an agreement that focuses on your children’s needs. With years of experience supporting clients and families, I work hard to protect your parental bonds and your children’s welfare through suitable child custody arrangements.
Each parent is expected to provide support for their child or children, whether or not the parents were ever married. The amount of child support a New York judge may order a noncustodial parent to pay depends on a number of factors, including:
While the courts will determine child support, it’s important that you supply them with accurate financial information — whether you pay or receive support — so that payments are fair. Having helped many divorcing couples work through child support issues, I understand the factors that must be weighed to create a viable agreement, and I am committed to ensuring your children’s needs will be met now and in the future.
For help in these and related family law matters, you can count on my honesty, integrity, and tireless advocacy.
If you’re ready to divorce in the Utica area, or need assistance with custody or child support, don’t hesitate to reach out to Law Office of Malorie A. Carbone. With fixed hourly rates and fixed fees available, my firm makes seeking professional legal representation simple. Please call 315-864-6230 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.