Contested Divorce

Brooklyn Contested Divorce Lawyer

The dissolution of a marriage involves disassembling a life that likely took years to build. During the course of a marriage, property and debt was acquired, children were born and a standard of living was established. A contested divorce occurs when the divorcing parties cannot agree on the final settlement of these issues. As an experienced attorney, I can help you reach favorable outcomes in your contested divorce.

Are you and your soon to be ex-spouse unable to reach agreements on issues such as grounds for divorce, division of property, child custody and child support? Contact the Law Office of Virginia Geiss in Brooklyn today to arrange a consultation. I can provide a practical approach to your contested divorce matters.

Is your divorce uncontested or contested?

In an uncontested divorce, both parties come to amicable agreements without court intervention. In a contested divorce, the parties are unable to come to agreements about decisions that include the following:

  • Grounds for divorce – New York does not have no-fault divorce. Therefore, grounds for divorce must be established. These grounds include abandonment for more than one year, adultery, cruel and inhumane treatment or a written separation agreement, after the parties have lived separate and apart for one year.
  • Division of property - Any property, assets and debt that were acquired during the marriage are considered to be marital property. Marital property is distributed equitably under the law. I represent clients who have accumulated significant assets and property including pensions, investments, second homes and real property.
  • Child custody and visitation - The best interests of the child or children will be the most important factor in determining child custody and visitation arrangements. I can explain the many different custody arrangements and help create a plan that works for you and your kids.
  • Child support - Child support is based upon statutory guidelines. I have experience in high-asset cases, cases involving college and private school tuition and other complex support matters.
  • Spousal maintenance (alimony) - Spousal maintenance can be ordered to be paid in one lump sum or over time. Maintenance can be permanent, rehabilitative or restitutional.

Of course, it is very natural for parties to disagree about these very important issues. As your Brooklyn attorney and advocate, I can provide you with valuable representation. I can ensure your goals are met, your children's best interests are protected and your future is in good shape. Please contact me today to arrange your consultation.