Divorce

New York and Westchester County Divorce Lawyer

At the law office of Norman M. Block, P.C., we are able to confidently handle divorce proceedings for clients located throughout Westchester County and the surrounding communities. We are dedicated to walking clients through the divorce process and helping them understand their rights and options at each stage of the case.

Also called the dissolution of marriage, divorce can be an emotional and difficult process, leading to a variety of issues that require resolution, including:

  • Property division (equitable distribution of the marital property)
  • Alimony (spousal support)
  • Asset protection
  • Children's issues (child support and child custody)

We confidently handle these and other divorce-related issues that you may be facing. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.

Uncontested Divorces

New York does have a simplified procedure for uncontested divorces. Depending upon the county in which the divorce is sought, the divorce can be granted within two weeks after the papers are submitted to the court. We will help you understand your legal rights and obligations in an uncontested divorce, complete the paperwork for you, submit it to the court, answer questions from the court, and obtain the judgment of divorce after it has been granted.

We recognize that many people attempt to complete these forms without using an attorney. However, while these forms seem simple, there are many areas on those forms which, if not completely understood and completed correctly, could result in your losing certain rights. Even if you only want someone to review the forms you have already completed and help you understand what rights you have obtained or possibly given away, we can help you.

Uncontested means that all issues are uncontested; including alimony, child support, child custody, visitation, equitable distribution, distribution of assets of the marriage, who will pay for health insurance and college expenses, who can live in the marital home and when it must be sold, what happens to retirement funds, etcetera. If any of these areas are contested, it is not an uncontested divorce.

Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

You may not always need to file a lawsuit to resolve divorce and other family law issues. Through divorce mediation, we can work with both parties to get to the core issues in the disputed areas and resolve that dispute in a way that is optimal for all, including the children. When necessary, we can refer you to a licensed mental health practitioner, who can help get to the emotional issues which may stand in the way of resolving the dispute. Through this process, you can avoid the time, expense and frustration which unfortunately can accompany any litigation. Our firm can also advise you on another option for cooperatively resolving your divorce and resulting issues, called collaborative law.

Contested Divorces

While it is always advisable to divorce in the most amicable way possible, that is sometimes not possible. There are a number of reasons for this, including:

  • One of the parties may not want the divorce
  • There is a dispute about ownership and/or residence in the marital home
  • There is a dispute about the distribution of assets, including business interests of both parties, retirement accounts, savings accounts, stock holdings, property acquired before the marriage, property obtained as a result of an inheritance.

If a contested divorce is necessary, we are ready to help. We will be with you at all steps of the process, represent you in court and depositions, help you obtain the experts necessary to establish or defeat a claim, and do whatever else is necessary, within the bounds of the law, to help you obtain the best result possible.

Contact a Divorce Lawyer in New York

To learn more about divorce issues or other family law matters, contact an attorney at the office of Norman M. Block, P.C. today.