Family Law

Divorce and Separation

Getting divorced can be a difficult, emotionally tumultuous experience—especially if one spouse is uncooperative. New York divorce law is complicated, and recent changes have dramatically altered the process couples must follow if they wish to divorce. As such, it is vital you seek representation from a qualified lawyer who is up-to-date on all relevant laws.

The law office of Edward A. Andrews, P.C. provides legal aid to clients who are thinking about getting a divorce or are in the midst of a divorce in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Attorney Edward Andrews keeps track of all the latest laws and statutes that may affect his clients, and he carefully explains the role such developments may play in their divorce. Additionally, he limits his caseload to ensure they receive the personal attention and high-quality service they deserve when ending one phase of their lives and beginning the next.

Mr. Andrews helps in all areas of family law:

  • Divorce proceedings
  • Separation agreements
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Post-nuptial agreements
  • Orders of protection
  • Enforcement
  • Visitation
  • Custody

While he maintains a comfortable office environment where clients can feel at ease, Mr. Andrews is an aggressive advocate for clients' rights when appropriate. He is not intimidated by the tactics of large law firm attorneys and does not walk away from tough, challenging situations.

Separation

The decision to separate from your spouse is another life-changing choice some couples make and is often the first step on the road to divorce. While a separation does not have the same legal weight as a divorce, separation agreements often impact the divorce judgment if a couple does permanently dissolve their marriage. As such, it is vital you put careful thought into what your separation agreement says regarding child support, spousal maintenance, visitation rights, and the division of property.
Mr. Andrews has more than ten years of experience helping clients who are separating from their spouses. His thorough understanding of separation contracts and their role in divorce judgments is a great asset to those who come to him for help.

A note regarding equitable distribution

Family law in New York requires divorcing couples to split marital property equitably; what is fair under the circumstances. The court in making equitable distribution decisions takes individual circumstances of the case, including the contributions of the parties, into account when making its decision.

Marital property generally includes any assets one or both spouses obtain during their marriage. Examples of marital property are:

  • Stocks and bonds
  • Real property
  • Automobiles
  • IRAs
  • Bank accounts
  • Businesses

All property acquired by the parties during their marriage is presumed by the court to be marital property. Separate property (non-commingled property from before the marriage, from an inheritance, or personal injury award) can be carved out of the "marital estate;" however, the burden of proof as to the separate nature of such property rests with the party making that claim. Mr. Andrews is an expert in helping you prove that your property belongs to you.

Reach out to Edward A. Andrews, P.C. for assistance in Long Island

With offices in Glen Cove and Garden City, Edward A. Andrews, P.C. helps clients with all their divorce and separation needs. Mr. Andrews offers free initial consultations, and keeps flexible office hours for clients who can only come to his office in the evening or on the weekend.
Contact Mr. Andrews Online or at 516-676-7193 to schedule an appointment with an experienced New York divorce lawyer.

 

Custody and Visitation

Child custody and visitation rights are two of the main concerns any couple with children must face when getting a divorce. While there are many factors at play during the custody determination process, the ultimate focus stays on what is best for the child. Visitation rights are also granted with this in mind.

The law firm of Edward A. Andrews, P.C. is here to help if you are dealing with child custody or visitation issues and think you may need legal representation. After practicing family law in New York for more than ten years, Mr. Andrews has the knowledge and courtroom experience needed to walk clients through everything from straightforward custody hearings to complex disputes. He gets to know your individual circumstances, and he acts as your advocate should your custody or visitation matter go to court.

Forms of custody

In New York, child custody can be broken down into legal custody and physical custody. Parents with legal custody make decisions regarding a child's education, medical treatment, and religion. Physical custody—sometimes known as residential custody—deals with the amount of time a child spends living with each parent.

Another aspect of child custody is whether it should be granted to both parents—known as joint custody—or just one parent—sole custody. Because joint custody helps foster relationships between parents and children, the courts strongly encourage parents to choose this form of custody on their own. They may also deny petitions for sole custody if the grounds a petitioning parent lists as reason for sole custody are deemed insufficient. 

Sole custody may be awarded if the court determines that the parties cannot work effectively together for the best interests of their child(ren).

Visitation matters

Just as joint custody is preferred, having both parents play an active role in a child's life is encouraged by the court. Visitation rights are determined when a couple initially divorces but can be altered at a later point in time if a major change, either positive or negative, occurs that impacts either parent and their ability to care for their child. Visitations may be supervised or unsupervised, and couples in very volatile relationships may need to meet outside their home environments or have a neutral third party present when dropping off a child.

Child support

Child support is designed to ensure custodial parents have sufficient financial support for their children. In New York, child support is based off a set formula where percentages of parental income of up to $130,000 are allocated for every child. It must include medical support or health care coverage, and the amount of child support can be increased if the child has special needs, educational expenses, or daycare costs. Child support can be adjusted after a couple divorces through the modification process. Enforcement issues come into play when the noncustodial parent fails to provide appropriate support each month.

Get custody, visitation, and child support help today

The law office of Edward A. Andrews, P.C. provides skilled legal assistance to parents with child custody and visitation issues in Nassau and Suffolk counties. With evening and weekend hours available on an appointment basis, Mr. Andrews has the flexible services you need on your side.

Contact attorney Edward Andrews Online or at 516-676-7193 to schedule a free initial consultation at one of his Glen Cove or Garden City offices.

Other Family Law Practice Areas

Orders of protection

Physically or verbally abusive behavior should not be tolerated under any circumstances. You may want to consider obtaining an order of protection if you feel threatened by the actions of your former spouse. An order of protection is a court order designed to prevent an abusive party from having any contact with their former spouse, their children, or any other party specifically referenced. Temporary orders are used to assure that an individual is not placed in harm's way until a permanent order is granted.

Edward A. Andrews can help you secure an order of protection through New York's family court system. He can also work with you to have the abuser pay for all expenses related to the abuse, the order, and its enforcement. If you are unfamiliar with the process of filing for an order of protection, Mr. Andrews can walk you through the process and help you document any phone calls, texts, emails, or other evidence of the harassing behavior.

Order and agreement modification

Spousal maintenance, child support, custody, and visitation orders and agreements initially finalized at the time of a divorce often need to be changed at a later point in time. Modifications to such legally binding contracts must be done through an official process. Attorney Edward Andrews can help you petition the court for modification related to any order or agreement.
You may be able to have an order or agreement modified if:

  • You or your former spouse has remarried
  • You or your former spouse has recently experienced a major change in income
  • Your child support needs have increased due to college expenses, healthcare needs, or daycare costs
  • You wish to obtain additional visitation time, or to become the primary custodian of your child

Order and agreement enforcement

In addition to his modification services, Mr. Andrews represents clients in order and agreement enforcement situations. You have the right to take action if your former spouse fails to pay spousal maintenance or child support, and Mr. Andrews can help you seek payment through an enforcement proceeding in Family or Supreme Court. If you succeed, the court may find your ex-spouse in contempt, garnish their wages, or even freeze their assets.

Contact Edward A. Andrews, P.C. for assistance with your legal matters.

Edward A. Andrews, P.C. is your ideal source for a compassionate yet firm advocate for your family law rights.& With offices in Glen Cove and Garden City, Mr. Andrews is easily accessible, and he has evening and weekend hours available on an appointment basis.
Contact Edward A. Andrews, P.C. Online or at 516-676-7193 for a free initial consultation with an experienced divorce lawyer.

DIVORCE AND SEPERATION

CUSTODY AND VISITATION

OTHER FAMILY LAW AREAS

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Edward A. Andrews, P.C.

45 Dosoris Way Glen Cove

NY, 11542-2617

Phone: 516.676.7193

E-mail: eaaesq@optonline.net