Nassau County Divorce Attorney

Many marriages do not last forever and divorce can have long-lasting consequences for a family. As many will attest, divorcing can be emotionally upsetting and costly, especially when the proceedings become contentious. At the law firm of Howard B. Leff, P.C, we work with clients in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the five boroughs of Manhattan to protect their rights while minimizing the drama, as well as the emotional and financial costs and expenses, so that they can get on with their lives.

Mr. Leff has over 36 years of experience in matrimonial law and the related areas of family law. He routinely handles complex contested and uncontested divorces and works with divorcing couples to find, as he likes to say, “firm, but fair” solutions to matters such as the division of property, spousal maintenance and child custody and support.

Division of Property

In a divorce proceeding in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the five boroughs of Manhattan, dividing the property involves a number of complexities that hinge upon the amount and value of assets such as houses, rental property, retirement and pension plans, investment accounts, businesses and professional practices. The property acquired by the couple during the marriage, however, must be divided according to New York's equitable distribution laws. By collaborating with a network of forensic experts, (accountants, financial advisers, real estate appraisers, pension appraisers, etc.) to ascertain the value of marital property, Mr. Leff helps clients to reach “firm, but fair” settlements.

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance is designed to help the receiving spouse maintain financial stability after a divorce.

As a result of changes to Section 236 of New York Domestic Relations Law, the court now may rely on a formula when making determinations about the length and amount of spousal maintenance. Mr. Leff is well aware of how this formula can impact a divorce settlement.

Child Custody & Support

The courts have the discretion to grant legal and physical custody of children to both parents, provided that the parties mutually agree, and/or the court believes the parties are able to “co-parent” and jointly make decisions pertaining to the children’s health, education and welfare.  Sole custody is the right of one parent to make decisions regarding the children's upbringing, as well as that parents' responsibility for the children's financial well-being and general welfare. Physical/residential custody involves determining which parent the children will live with. If sole custody is awarded to one party, the court will grant reasonable visitation/parenting rights to the non-custodial parent.

Child support is the financial assistance that parents are obligated to provide to their children until they reach a certain age (21 in New York State). To determine child support payments, the court considers each parent's respective income, and the health, medical, or educational expenses of the child, as well as other factors.  While issues of child custody and child support can become quite contentious, the law firm of Howard B. Leff will help you find solutions that are in the best interests of your child.

Divorce Alternatives

There are alternatives to resolving divorce conflicts in the courts, such as mediation, and a relatively new approach known as Collaborative Law. Mediation is a form of negotiation that involves a neutral party known as a mediator who works with both spouses to resolve legal disputes and reach an agreement. This method takes less time than litigating a divorce, is more cost effective, and also helps spouses reduce the tension involved. Another benefit of mediation is that it is private, unlike a court case. In pursuing divorce by using the Collaborative Law process, each party has an attorney who assists in the negotiation. Both spouses and both attorneys must agree in writing that they will not take the case to court and will negotiate a settlement instead.

Ultimately, divorce proceedings in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the five boroughs of Manhattan often involve intense emotions and significant expense. The law firm of Howard B. Leff P.C. routinely handles all aspects of matrimonial and family law and has extensive experience resolving marital conflicts whether through mediation or litigation.  

Mr. Leff also maintains a very active appellate practice, and has an impressive record of successfully prosecuting and defending appeals in matrimonial and family law matters he handled at the trial level.  If you are considering a divorce call our office today for a free evaluation of your case at (516) 739-7500.

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