Getting Through Divorce

How much money will I get? Will I lose my home? Where will my children live? These are the most common questions people have during divorce.

At Farrauto Berman & Slater, we know divorce is a life-changing transition. We are here to help you through it. Our firm handles every stage of divorce proceedings, from the initial filing to resolving financial matters and child custody and support issues through to the final divorce decree.

Located in Yonkers, our firm handles family law matters in Westchester and the surrounding counties and throughout the New York metro area.

Dividing Property During Divorce

During a divorce, all marital property must be divided between the spouses. In New York, property is divided based on the principle of equitable distribution. When determining what is "equitable," a variety of factors are considered, including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • Each spouse's health
  • Each spouse's work history and education
  • Each spouse's economic circumstances
  • Each spouse's financial and nonfinancial contribution to the marriage
  • The marital standard of living

At Farrauto Berman & Slater, our lawyers are skilled in property division. We have handled everything from modest to high-worth marital estates.

First, we carefully evaluate all assets to determine whether they are marital — and up for division — or separate. We then determine the value of each property. When necessary, we work with outside financial experts such as forensic accountants, business cash-flow professionals and real estate appraisers to ensure that values are accurate. We then begin negotiations.

Our goal is always to resolve property division issues out of court, saving our clients time and money. If litigation is required to protect our clients' financial interests, however, we are strong advocates in court.

Alimony: What You Need To Know

Determining whether one spouse pays — or receives — maintenance after the divorce is final and the duration and amount of payments is very fact-specific. In general, alimony is ordered to give a lower-earning spouse support while becoming self-sufficient. Because courts have wide discretion when awarding alimony, it is important to work with an experienced family law attorney who can ensure that your financial rights are protected.

Learn More About Your Rights During Divorce

For help during divorce, contact our firm at 914-979-2753. We will review your circumstances and provide you with a clear picture of your legal rights and responsibilities. Together, we will help you get through your divorce as efficiently as possible, while protecting your financial interests.