Contested Divorce

Staten Island, New York, Contested Divorce Lawyer

If reasonable communication is possible between divorcing spouses — even in some contested divorces involving children or significant assets — it is best to try and reach an agreement without going to court. I encourage negotiation wherever possible and do not believe in unnecessary aggression or inflaming conflict that can complicate your dissolution of marriage.

Unfortunately, emotions run very high between many divorcing spouses, and it can be difficult to reach agreement on all matters critical to an amicable settlement. If disagreement and anger are intense, you definitely want a strong, experienced attorney on your side in a contested divorce. Contact me to discuss your situation and start working on a practical plan.

Your Goals and Priorities Help Form Our Case Plan

A contested divorce is difficult and stressful for all concerned, and can be costly and time-consuming. To avoid unnecessary regrets, you should carefully consider your needs and goals in numerous areas. Together, we can discuss your priorities and form a plan on issues, such as:

  • All aspects of child custody and visitation , including where the children will live, when and how the noncustodial parent will see them and who will make decisions involving their activities and welfare
  • Proper valuation and designation of all significant assets , so that we can pursue your best interests in determining what will happen to all property
  • The rights and claims of either spouse to maintenance and any special circumstances that should be considered in calculations of child support

Through close consultation, planning and negotiation, I take all possible legal steps to help you achieve your goals in a contested divorce. I keep you informed about steps, options and fees at all times so that you maintain control over your financial investment. Most importantly, when you contact Benjamin Haber , Attorney at Law, you can depend on straightforward, supportive counsel in every aspect of your contested divorce.

No Fault Divorce

In a no-fault divorce, you do not have to state grounds for divorce. The divorce can be filed simply based on an “irretrievable breakdown” of the marriage. For many couples, this is the real reason for wanting a divorce. They simply grow apart. Now that New York is a no-fault divorce state, you can file for divorce without stating any other reason for wanting a divorce.

Even in a no-fault divorce, the following issues must be resolved prior to obtaining a divorce decree. Lawyer Benjamin Haber can protect your rights in contested and uncontested divorce issues such as:

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Property division 2010 revisions to New York divorce law have changed the face of divorce in our state. Our law firm is fully prepared to meet the new legal challenges involved in securing the best possible outcomes for our clients.

    Fault Grounds for Divorce Still Remain

    The previous grounds for divorce still exist. However it is likely that the vast majority of people will now seek no-fault divorce. In addition to “irretrievable breakdown” of the marriage, the grounds are as follows:

  • Adultery
  • One-year abandonment
  • Three years’ imprisonment
  • Cruel and inhuman treatment
  • Living separate and apart pursuant to a valid decree of separation
  • Living separate and apart pursuant to a valid separation agreement. Mr. Haber will meet with you personally to learn about your no-fault divorce case.

What Our Happy Clients Say

Ben was great. I want to thank him for everything that he has done for me. I would highly recommend. Very honest and worked very hard on my case to ensure i got everything that I deserved.

– Malgorzata Okrasinska

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Ben Haber