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Frequently Asked Questions

Family law is a very serious area of law that deals with various disputes and modifications that can drastically alter a person's future. If you are facing a dispute or other issue related to this area of law, then it is important for you to obtain skilled representation on your side. At the Law Office of Diane Martin-Grande, we are dedicated to providing skillful representation, as well as helpful information so that you may make an educated decision regarding your future. Refer to the following commonly asked questions for some general information regarding common issues that arise in family law.

Q: What are the grounds for divorce in New York?
Q: How long does a divorce take?
Q: Can I retain custody?
Q: Do I really need a prenuptial agreement?
Q: What happens if I establish paternity?

What are the grounds for divorce in New York?

There are seven different grounds for divorce in the state of New York:

  • Abandonment
  • Adultery
  • Cruel and/or inhuman treatment
  • Imprisonment
  • Irretrievable breakdown
  • Judgment of separation
  • Separation agreement

How long does a divorce take?
Depending on a number of circumstances in your situation such as the amount of property that must be divided, and whether or not you have children, your divorce could take anywhere from a few weeks or months, to several years. Each case varies and it is crucial to have skilled representation throughout this process.

Can I retain custody?
If you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement regarding child custody in the divorce process, then ultimately the judge will make the decision based on the best interests of the child. In order to maximize your chances of retaining the custody arrangement that you desire, you need to show that you provide the environment that is in the best interests of your child.

Do I really need a prenuptial agreement?
Roughly 50% of all marriages end in divorce, and if you have significant assets, then it is strongly advised that you consider this as a means to ensure the validity of your marriage and to protect your assets in the possible case of divorce.

What happens if I establish paternity?
Paternity is legally declaring the father of a child that is born outside of wedlock. After establishing paternity, you will have rights to various benefits such as visitation and possibly even custody; however you may also have responsibilities such as child support payments.

Rome, New York Divorce Lawyer

If you have further questions regarding divorce or family law, then you need to speak with our firm immediately. Specific answers will require specific information from you; for this reason, contact us to begin the process of retaining the skilled legal assistance that you need on your side and to obtain additional information regarding your situation.

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