Poughkeepsie divorce attorneys and New York state divorce law explained

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Poughkeepsie divorce attorneys and New York state divorce law explained

Poughkeepsie divorce attorneys and New York state divorce law explained

Poughkeepsie divorce attorneys and New York state divorce law explained

Divorce is the final, legal ending of a marriage by court order. If you have a divorce case in court, you may hear lawyers and court staff call it a matrimonial action. A divorce in New York is also referred to as a Matrimonial Action. The individual bringing the action is identified as the plaintiff (claimant), and the other spouse is identified as the defendant.

New York has laws that limit how you can obtain a divorce, that apply in a Poughkeepsie divorce case too. There are at this time seven arguments (grounds) you can bring into play to get a divorce in Poughkeepsie.  The divorce ruling will comprise orders about marital property and marital debts, as well as custody, visitation, child support and spousal support.

How to get a Divorce?

The Supreme Court of the State of New York is the only court that handles divorce cases, and a Supreme Court judge is the only person who can legally grant a divorce. A New York court can only decide a divorce case if at least one of the spouses is a New Yorker. In most cases, one of the spouses must have lived in New York for at least one year before trying to get a divorce.

If living in the Dutchess County area, you should go to the Dutchess Supreme and County Court, remember, you cannot get a divorce in Family Court, but you can go to your local Family Court for help with child support, child custody, child visitation, spousal maintenance, and paternity.

What are the 7 grounds for divorce in Poughkeepsie, NY ?

Same as allover the NY State the 7 grounds for divorce in Poughkeepsie, NY and in the Dutchess County area are

  • Irretrievable Breakdown
  • Cruel and inhuman treatment
  • Abandonment
  • Imprisonment
  • Adultery
  • Judgment of Separation
  • Separation Agreement

 

This will be clearly explained in one of our future blogposts, or if you are in need of urgent advice you can contact or get directions for the SMANDB Poughkeepsie Divorce Attorneys HERE

Poughkeepsie divorce law


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Poughkeepsie Divorce & Child Custody Lawyers

Poughkeepsie Divorce & Child Custody Lawyers

Poughkeepsie Divorce & Child Custody Lawyers

“Oh my God I am going to lose my kids”

Going back to the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s the court did follow a theory that it was in the best interest of the children to be with their Mother. Through the 1990’s and early 2000’s there has been a shift in courts away from this misplaced theory to understand that it is in the best interest of children to have a substantial and meaningful relationship with both parents. I have often consulted with distraught clients who are either divorced or breaking up with significant other who exclaim “Men are never going to get a fair day in court” and feel they will never see their kids again

Having won custody and substantial visitation rights for many of my male clients, I can tell you this is no longer the case. If you have the time to spend with your children, in the majority of the cases I will be able to draft a custodial access schedule to meet the needs of the children to spend the quality time they want with their father.

Father’s do not give up on your children just because you think you can’t win.

Please call me for a free consultation to discuss the exact details of your case.


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Handling Poughkeepsie divorce and matrimonial cases for 24 years

The practice of law is an ever changing landscape in the Hudson Valley

I have been handling Poughkeepsie divorce and matrimonial cases for 24 years and both the laws and how the bar handles Poughkeepsie divorces have drastically changed in just two decades. When I first started practice it was rare that a father would ever be granted custody. There was a preference for the mother to be granted primary custody based on old beliefs that it was in the best interest of a child to be nurtured by their mother. These beliefs had evaporated in psychology over twenty years ago and it was understood that substantial contact with both parents was in the best interest of a child’s development and not just substantial contact with the mother.

Courts are creatures of precedent and it has taken time for the Courts to evolve and catch up with the psychology of today and let go of the erroneous advice of the past. It is important for a Poughkeepsie matrimonial attorney not only to understand the Courts but to read  and understand the psychology of children in divorces and divided families. This understanding can be used to assist Poughkeepsie families in making the best choices for their children. How does an infant bond with a mother and father? What is the importance of breast feeding? When is it best to transition to an overnight schedule? Not all Courts will see the answer to these questions in the same way and reading and understanding the most updated advice from doctors in this area is crucial knowledge for a Poughkeepsie attorney in assisting clients.

Practicing law is more than just reading the law and appearing in Court. It is having the knowledge and life experience to assist the client and bring intelligent knowledge based arguments to support your client’s position in the Court room. Experience and knowledge matters and will make a difference in any case.

Handling Poughkeepsie divorce and matrimonial cases

Handling Poughkeepsie divorce and matrimonial cases for 24 years


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School District and Dutchess County Divorce

School District and Dutchess County Divorce

In today’s age of tight budgets schools look very closely at whether a student is in fact enrolled in the district and school which they are attending.

Education Law 3202(1) provides “a person over five and under 21 years of age who has not received a high school diploma is entitled to attend the public schools maintained in the district in which such person resides without the payment of tuition.”

In a Poughkeepsie divorce, parents who lived together with the children are now often living apart and living apart in separate school districts.  The question is what district must the children attend?

 

In a shared residential custodial case the parents can choose the district that they wish the children to reside.  This should be clearly delineated in the parties Dutchess County divorce agreement.  THE MAJORITY OF TIMES IT IS NOT!!! .(see http://www.counsel.nysed.gov    decision no. 15,288.) In a joint custody arrangement the answer is more complicated. “Residence” for purposes of Education Law 3202 is established by one’s physical presence as an inhabitant within the district and intent to reside in the district. Longwood Cent. School District. V. Springs Union Free School Dist. 1 NY3d 385; Appeal of Sigsby, 44 Ed Dept Rep 97, Decision N. 15,109.

Most Poughkeepsie divorce settlement agreements will list a parent as the physical custodial parent for affixing child support obligations and this can often be misconstrued as picking a school district.  Your agreement should spell out what school district the children will be attending and list why the parties believe they meet the test below.

The test in a joint custodial arrangement as to which school district the children must attend was spelled out in Appeal of Forde, 29 Ed Dept Rep 359 and Appeal of Cortes, Decision No. 13,818. http://www.counsel.nysed.gov .

“In those cases where the child’s time is essentially divided between two separate households and the parents both assume day to day responsibility for the child, the determination of the child’s residence must rest ultimately with the family.  In such cases, the custodial parent may designate the child’s residence for purposes of Education Law 3202.”

There is no requirement that the time be equal, but rather that both parents be involved in the day to day responsibility and that the time be essentially divided between the parties.  Your Dutchess county divorce agreement should spell out how each parent is participating in the day to day responsibility of the children and define how while the time is not equally split that the custodial access time is essentially divided between the parents. 

School District and Dutchess County Divorce


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