New York Legal Separation Lawyer
Helping You Navigate Legal Separation in New York
People who want out of troubled marriages often think that their only option is divorce. But for some couples, legal separation may be a viable or intermediate solution that will allow them to live apart without ending their marriage. Many of the concerns that divorce addresses can be addressed in a legal separation. The difference is that you are still legally married, and will remain so even if you decide to end the agreement, unless you take steps to end your marriage through divorce.
In a legal separation, the rights and duties of each person are spelled out and can be enforced by the New York court if they are violated. Why would people opt for legal separation rather than divorcing or simply living apart without a legal contract? Sometimes people do not want to give up the financial and other benefits of being married, or they might not be sure if they really want a divorce. With a legal separation, they can still live apart, but their interests and those of their children, if they have them, are protected by the agreement.
If you no longer wish to live with your spouse and are considering your options, contact The Levoritz Law Firm to learn whether a legal separation may be right for you and your family. Reach out to us today to arrange a time to speak with an experienced New York legal separation lawyer.
Delivering Strategic Legal Guidance for Difficult Family Issues
Yonatan Levoritz, the law firm’s founder, is well-recognized in New York legal arenas and among satisfied clients for the strategic representation he provides in matrimonial and family law cases. He, and his entire team of carefully hand-picked attorneys, have an extensive background in successfully guiding clients in legal separation, divorce, including high-asset divorces, and related legal areas. When you trust our law firm with your matter, you can always expect to receive personalized service and sound advice as we work to reach a satisfactory outcome for you. Do not hesitate to contact us for help with your legal separation or other family law concern.
How to Get a Legal Separation in New York City
Unlike with divorce, the New York courts do not grant legal separations. Rather, a legal separation is a voluntary written contract executed between spouses that defines the responsibilities and rights of each party. It becomes legally binding after both parties sign the agreement before a Notary. After notarization, the agreement can be filed with the clerk of the county in which either spouse lives. If one of the parties violates terms of the agreement, the other party can turn to the New York courts to enforce it.
What Is Included in a Separation Agreement in New York
In addition to containing basic information such as your names, the date you were married and the date you plan to separate (although the agreement will not be binding until the date it is notarized), depending on your situation, your agreement may include very specific terms related to the following:
- Where the separating spouses will live
- Where children will live
- Visitation schedules
- Child support and who will pay for extracurricular activities and other costs
- Decisions about the family home, cars, and other property
- Whether spousal support will be paid and how much
- Who will be responsible for various debt and bills
- How savings accounts, investments, and other monies will be split or handled, as well as Pensions, 401(k), and other retirement accounts, if applicable.
Get Help from Our Skilled Family Law Firm
There are many things to think about when drafting separation agreements. An attorney can help you think through all the possibilities to ensure that all concerns are addressed. By making your agreement as thorough as possible in regards to your financial and custody arrangements, it can also make the divorce process less stressful should you decide to end your marriage. The terms of your separation contract may be used for your divorce if the judge is in agreement. If you need help drafting an agreement or having a previously drafted agreement enforced, reach out to our law firm today.
How Does a Legal Separation Work In NY? Here Are Answers to FAQs
Following are answers to frequently asked questions about legal separation. For your unique concerns about how to be legally separated in New York, contact our Manhattan law firm at (718) 942-4004 or through our online form to arrange a consultation.
Why would you enter a legal separation instead of a divorce?
Is legal separation a good idea?
Is legal separation expensive?
Can a legal separation be converted into a divorce?
When does legal separation begin and end?
Can you be legally separated and live in the same house?
Can I date if I am legally separated?
No two couples have the same circumstances or goals for the future. Once we learn about you, your marriage, and your family, we’ll provide counsel that is tailored to your individual circumstances.
Learn more about legal separation as an alternative to divorce by speaking with an experienced attorney. Our family lawyers at The Levoritz Law Firm have successfully negotiated, prepared, and enforced legal separation agreements for many clients. Call us at (718) 942-4004.
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Client-Focused Services. Respected Representation.
As lawyers, we have extensive legal experience assisting people who are undergoing marital difficulties. As compassionate individuals, we understand the emotional consequences of ending a marriage. We will always consider your feelings when you entrust us with sensitive and private details of your life in order to resolve your legal matter. You will never be talked down to, and we will always keep you informed about what you can expect next as you pursue legal separation.
Since 2005, The Levoritz Law Firm in Manhattan has advocated for clients in the full range of family law areas. As a legal practice that concentrates exclusively in family law, we are not distracted by other types of cases and are able to stay up to date on developments in the law no matter the family or matrimonial issue. When you hire our law firm to negotiate and prepare your legal separation agreement, you can count on our knowledgeable lawyers to address every relevant issue so that your rights, and the rights and interests of your children, are properly protected.
Whether you need an agreement prepared or an existing agreement enforced because your spouse has violated terms, we are here for you. For assistance from an effective legal separation lawyer who is attentive and responsive, reach out to our law firm today. You may not be sure what the future holds when it comes to your marriage, but when you have strong legal advocates on your side, you can rest assured that your rights in the future will be protected.
Choose an experienced and effective New York family law attorney to negotiate your legal separation agreement. Reach out to us at (718) 942-4004 today.