A Warren County, NY Divorce Lawyer Puts Your Needs First

No one goes into their wedding day with a view to getting a divorce, but the fact is that your relationship may change in the months and years after getting married. The prospect of divorce is overwhelming, especially considering the impact it has on your whole family. The legal process is complicated, emotions can cloud judgment, and there are numerous pitfalls that could negatively impact your rights.

You do not have to face the New York divorce process alone, as our divorce lawyers at The Colwell Law Group will be at your side throughout the proceedings. We have been providing clients in Capital Region and Upstate New York with skilled, knowledgeable legal services in divorce matters since 2005. Our attorneys are here to help you navigate the three primary areas that couples must address during the New York State divorce process.

New York State Laws on Asset Division

Your assets are subject to division in a divorce case, but only those that qualify as “marital” will be split. Any property you held individually before marriage will not be divvied up. New York State law requires an equitable and fair division of such assets as:

    • Your family home and other real estate;
    • Cars, boats, and recreational vehicles;
    • Collections, like art, jewelry, and furniture;
    • Bank and investment accounts;
    • Retirement benefits;
    • Interests in a business; and,
  • Many other types of marital property.

Determining Child Support and Custody

If a child was born to your marriage, a Warren County Family Court judge will enter an order on custody and child support as part of your divorce. There are two types of child custody that will be addressed, including:

    • Physical custody, which refers to where the child regularly resides; and,
  • Legal custody, a term that covers decision making on key areas of the child’s life.

Either of these two types of custody may be shared by the parents, in a joint custody situation. Only in rare cases will a court will award sole custody, as the preferred arrangement enables a child to enjoy a relationship with both parents.


Alimony During and After Divorce

Alimony goes by various terms, including spousal support or spousal maintenance. This legal concept is aimed at preventing one spouse from suffering financially during or after divorce proceedings. Though New York State law provides specific formulas for determining spousal support, one general goal is to allow the recipient spouse to enjoy the same relative lifestyle he or she did during the marriage. Another objective is to provide alimony to the recipients so they can gain the education and training to become financially self-sufficient.

Contact a Warren County Divorce Attorney Today

From simple, agreeable divorce cases to complex divorce matters, our lawyers at The Colwell Law Group, LLC are dedicated to protecting your rights in dissolution of marriage proceedings. Please call us at 518.864.0564 or visit us online to learn more about our legal services. We can schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your circumstances and explain your legal options.

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