Divorce Representation in Syracuse
Seeking Compassionate Legal Advice for Your Divorce?
The ending of a marriage can create a whirlwind of distress, anger, and
worry. The resulting chaos of emotions can cloud judgment and often prevent
sound decision making. At Haddad Law Office, P.C., I have been assisting
my clients to tackle difficult life issues for more than a decade. My
firm is dedicated to offering straightforward advice, skilled legal representation,
and supportive advocacy needed as they travel through some of the toughest
times in their lives.
Why Clients Are Choosing My Firm
- Serving families throughout Syracuse for more than a decade
- Flexible appointments and availability
- Personalized, attentive legal counsel
- One-on-one consultations with clients
As a Syracuse attorney, I can provide the insightful legal counsel you
require for all aspects of the process, including:
Grounds for Divorce in New York
New York has now joined the ranks of no-fault divorce states. While this
is an option that many couples now employ, it is not the only grounds
legally accepted. There are many reasons or "faults" that the
courts may recognize as grounds for a divorce.
These options include:
Irretrievable breakdown of the relationship: This is the no-fault provision. Both parties must swear that the marriage
has been beyond repair for at least six months and agree to all issues
such as alimony and child custody.
Cruel and inhumane treatment: While physical abuse is covered in this option, cruel and inhumane treatment
can involve any conduct that creates an emotional disturbance. Examples
include unreasonable financial constraints or lack of communication.
Adultery: To be considered as a grounds for divorce, adultery must be proven. Many
clients opt for the cruel and inhumane treatment grounds rather than going
through the sometimes more difficult route of proving adultery.
Divorce based on separation: The couple has been living apart for at least one year.
Additional grounds for dissolution of marriage include alienation of affection,
abandonment, and insanity. As an experienced attorney, I can help you
assess which grounds for divorce would best apply to your situation.
New York High-Asset Divorce Attorney
It goes without saying that the financial stakes are elevated in a high-asset
divorce, especially during the property division process. If you are contemplating
a divorce involving a sizeable amount of financial resources, it is
vital that you retain skilled and adept legal counsel as soon as possible. As an accomplished attorney practicing in Syracuse and the surrounding
areas, I am experienced in the complexities involved in high-asset divorces.
I can provide the assertive advocacy you need to protect your rights and
Proper identification and valuation of all marital assets is a key component
in high net-worth divorces. These can include both visible and hidden
assets such as multiple bank accounts, real estate holdings, businesses,
and other personal property. I often consult with business and real estate
professionals to assist in analyzing and assessing the complete financial
picture. My goal is to achieve fair and equitable agreements for child
support, child custody, and alimony that will allow my clients to move
forward in positive financial positions.
Helping Children With Divorce
Be open and honest with your children - Children are more perceptive than many parents think, and they almost
always know that something is amiss. It’s critical to explain the
situation to your children in terms they can understand. One helpful tip
is to read an age-appropriate book about divorce with your child.
Don’t use your kids as spies - While it can be tempting to try to get information about your (ex) spouse
from your kids, this can lead to serious trust issues and can cause them
to become withdrawn and antisocial. It’s important to allow them
to enjoy spending time with either parent without feeling guilty or uncomfortable.
Seek professional counseling - You shouldn’t use your kids as spies, and you also shouldn’t
use them as therapists. Children have a hard enough time grasping the
concept of divorce; they are simply not equipped to handle your emotional
burden as well. For anyone getting divorced, talking to a therapist or
counselor is a great way to help you deal with the emotions which run
high in this process.
Encourage them to share their feelings - Children are going to have a lot of emotions during this process, including
many that they might not understand or be able to put into words. Helping
your child to cope with divorce is important. Again, reading an age-appropriate
divorce book with your child can help them find words for questions they
have, and gives you the opportunity to help them deal with their feelings.
Try to keep things as normal as possible - While this is easier said than done, it’s critical to keep things
as normal as possible during the divorce. Children thrive on consistent
structure, so even little things like eating dinner at a consistent time
can help them feel that everything is going to be okay.
Call Today to Request Your Confidential Consultation
I am committed to protecting the rights and interests of my clients throughout their
divorce proceedings. Regardless if you are able to achieve an amicable uncontested
divorce or are confronting a contentious and heated courtroom battle,
I am here to help.
I can provide the effective and tenacious counsel you require. At Haddad
Law Office, P.C., I offer off-site appointments.