15 Years of Reliable Legal Guidance for Families in Long Island
Matrimonial law encompasses a range of legal issues, from divorce to legal separation to prenuptial agreements. At The Law Offices of Michael Catalanotto, we have been guiding clients through matrimonial disputes for 15 years. Throughout our years of practice, we strive to provide personalized, reliable, one-on-one legal service to parents and spouses facing some of the most mentally and emotionally draining legal challenges. Whether you have questions about how to file for a contested or uncontested divorce or seek legal counsel in drafting your prenuptial agreement, our firm is here to help.
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New York recognizes both no-fault divorce and fault-based divorce. Spouses may have a no-fault divorce on their hands if:
- they have been separated from their partner for at least 1 year;
- there has been an “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” for 6 months or more; or
- the couple has entered a separation agreement and has lived apart for at least 1 year.
Alternatively, if one spouse’s inappropriate conduct or behavior is the reason for the breakdown of the marriage, such as if they had an affair or mentally abused their partner, a spouse can choose to petition for divorce on these fault grounds.
A spouse petitioning for divorce must also meet one of the following residency requirements in order to legally divorce in the state of New York:
- they and their partner were married in New York and one spouse has lived in the state for at least 1 year;
- both spouses lived in New York as a married couple and either spouse has lived in the state for at least 1 year;
- the grounds for the divorce arose in New York and either spouse has lived in the state for at least 1 year prior to filing for divorce; or
- either spouse has lived in the state for at least 2 years.
You do not have to navigate divorce alone, especially when the legal requirements can get confusing. Reach out to our team at The Law Offices of Michael Catalanotto for more information about how to proceed with your divorce petition and your legal options for divorce.
“Divorce is never pleasant but having a strong, knowledgeable team behind you, makes an awful situation more bearable!” - Jan S.
“Michael and his entire staff worked tirelessly to assist during my divorce mediation process.” - Anonymous
“He fought to protect the best interests of my children, and myself.” - Jennifer B.
Perhaps the most complex and lengthiest stage in a divorce or separation is resolving all the disputes tied to the marriage. Who will the children live with? What will happen to the marital property? Luckily, if a couple already has a prenuptial agreement in place, which our attorneys can help you draft, the dispute resolution may go by quicker, as prenups often have language already determining how property will be divided in the event of a divorce. However, our lawyers also have experience guiding clients toward resolution in mediation, which is a supervised process that allows separating spouses to openly discuss their needs and interests for a divorce agreement.
Whatever your matrimonial disputes, The Law Offices of Michael Catalanotto has the legal experience and skill to help you navigate towards a resolution. Schedule a free consultation today to get started.