Westchester County Divorce Attorney
Divorce is difficult for many people; others easily reach the decision to divorce. No two dissolution cases are ever exactly alike, but everyone facing divorce in the state of New York has one thing in common; you must retain an experienced, knowledgeable New York divorce attorney who will advocate passionately for the best possible outcome to your divorce proceeding. If you are seeking or anticipating a divorce in Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, or Rockland County, get the legal help you need at once and speak promptly with an experienced Westchester County divorce attorney at Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC.
IT IS TIME TO OBTAIN A DIVORCE?
In New York or anywhere else, getting a divorce isn’t easy, but the times and situations when dissolution really is necessary aren’t that hard to identify. Some spouses try for years to solve problems and resolve differences, but some of those problems never seem to go away. In fact, often in a declining marriage, the same issues emerge time and time again. Some couples just need to accept their reality, obtain their dissolution, and move on. If you’re starting to think that it’s finally time for you to dissolution, you’re going to need legal help. In Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, or Rockland County, speak with an experienced Peekskill divorce lawyer promptly to discuss your legal rights and options regarding divorce. You should certainly consider divorce if your spouse:
- is an addict or has other dangerous habits
- is frequently abusive to you or the children
- can no longer be trusted
- cheats (or you cheat on your spouse)
Divorce is never pleasant. When you are divorcing, you want an attorney who is sensitive to your emotions, apprehensions, and needs, someone who’s handled scores of similar cases in the past, someone who can confidently offer reassurance. In the Peekskill area, if you believe that it’s time to divorce – or maybe to pursue another alternative, like legal separation – make sure to take advantage of the legal advice, representation, and resources that an experienced Peekskill divorce lawyer can offer, and don’t wait to make the call.
CHILDREN AND DIVORCE
No child wants to go through a parental dissolution. Divorce can be very painful for the children involved. New York family lawyers however find that when parents do not make an effort to help their children cope with the trauma or make their children’s lives easier after the dissolution, it is fairly likely that the consequences of the divorce will continue to follow the child around for years later.
Remember, behind every child who has failed to adapt to his parents’ dissolution, are parents who may not have made the special efforts that are needed to help the child cope with this dramatic change in his life.
Avoid using your child as a messenger. Avoid badmouthing the other parent in front of the child. This is extremely traumatic for the child, who may be close to both of the parents and loves both of the parents equally.
Promise yourself that you will compromise your ego in order to ensure a smooth visitation schedule. A divorce is even more traumatizing for a child when it means a major disruption in his living arrangements. Even though the child may get used to the fact that his parents are living in two separate homes, he needs to have regular school times, mealtimes, and bed times. He needs to have routine in his life to continue to feel grounded. Ensure that routine is a part of your child’s life.
Remember, you can only be a good parent when you take care of yourself. Take care of your mental physical, mental and emotional health. Take time for yourself, join a hobby class, and keep in touch with friends.
Sometimes in disputed child custody cases, you have to get your child involved in order to testify. Of course, that can put the child in a difficult position and lead to a number of ramifications. To make testimony a little bit easier for a child, the child may testify in what New York law calls a “Lincoln” hearing.
In the 1969 case Lincoln v. Lincoln, the New York Court of Appeals determined that in dissolution and child custody proceedings, a child may be questioned directly by the judge “in camera” (meaning in private) with no parents or attorneys present (except an attorney appointed by the court specifically to represent the child’s best interests). A Lincoln hearing protects a child from having to choose one parent over the other or speak about difficulties with a parent in open court. A stenographer must be present at any Lincoln hearing. New York judges are never required to conduct a Lincoln hearing. The Lincoln hearing is used to help the court corroborate the evidence already introduced in open court.
If you’re divorcing or anticipating a dissolution in the Peekskill area, contact an experienced Westchester County divorce lawyer as quickly as possible.
WE TAKE THE TIME
Our dissolution attorneys take a comprehensive approach to divorce. We take the time to learn about our clients their families. We are genuinely interested in addressing your concerns, and we answer your questions in a candid, straightforward manner. We work with clients in both contested and uncontested divorces as well as those navigating the complexities of a high-asset dissolution. The difference between contested and uncontested divorce is simply the amount of involvement by the court. In an uncontested divorce, you and your former spouse make the decisions about your future; in a contested dissolution, a judge makes those decisions for you.
WE HELP YOU MAKE INFORMED CHOICES
An experienced Westchester County divorce attorney can help you make informed choices regarding your divorce and the divorce proceeding. We offer cost-efficient, effective divorce solutions. Contact Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC as quickly as possible for a free initial consultation if you are seeking, involved in, or anticipating a divorce. With offices in Peekskill and Poughkeepsie, we serve New York clients in Beacon, Fishkill, Wappingers Falls, Newburgh, Tarrytown, Greenburgh, Westchester County, Dutchess County, Putnam County, Orange County, and Rockland County. To learn more about how an experienced Westchester County divorce attorney can help you, email us or call us promptly at (914) 402-4541.