Separation Agreement Attorneys on Long Island
Assisting with Separations throughout Nassau County
There are only two ways to become legally separated in the state of New York. The first and most common way is for the spouses to enter into a separation agreement. The second and rarely used method is for a court to grant a judgment of separation. Simply living apart does not make a couple legally separated, regardless of how long they have been living separately.
A separation agreement is a way for couples to resolve all of the issues of their marriage without going to court. If parties are able to reach an understanding and agreement with each other, we can draft a legally binding agreement containing all of the terms necessary to resolve any issues. Our separation agreement attorneys on Long Island have the experience needed to help you achieve your goals and finalize a separation lawfully.
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Understanding Separation Agreements
For a separation agreement to be legally binding, it must meet certain requirements as to form, content, and language, especially when minor children are involved.
The separation agreement must address all the issues in a divorce, including
- Custody of the minor children
- Child support
- Spousal support/maintenance
- Equitable division of assets
Strict rules govern how the agreement is executed. You must comply with these rules to ensure that your agreement is binding and enforceable.
Retain Competent Legal Counsel
When seeking a separation agreement, it advisable that each party retains his or her own attorney, especially when minor children and financial issues are involved. It is possible for only one party to have an attorney to draw up the agreement, however it is extremely risky for both parties. The unrepresented party may not come to realize the full weight of the terms of the agreement until after they find themselves bound by those terms. Later on, that party might attempt to ignore or overrule the agreement because they did not have legal representation when negotiating and drafting it.
File Your Agreement with the County Clerk
After your separation agreement is complete and fully executed by both parties, it is advisable to file it with the county clerk of your respective county. This is not required, but it is recommended to prevent anyone from making unauthorized changes and to avoid the risk of it getting lost or destroyed. Our team at The Pickney Law Firm can help you file your agreement with the Nassau County clerk.
Work with The Pickney Law Firm
Drafting a separation agreement is a complex and detailed undertaking. Our litigation experience provides us with the knowledge and foresight to make sure that agreements are written with binding and conclusive terms to provide the maximum protection our clients desire. We strive to ensure that the settlement we reach on your behalf stands the test of time.
Christian helped guide me through a very difficult divorce. Now I have custody of my children.- Marc W., Esq.
When my sister needed a divorce attorney, there was only one person I called, Christian.- C.H., Esq.
When I needed a divorce lawyer for my own divorce in Nassau County, I hired Christian Pickney.- J. F., Esq.
Our clients come first. We represent other attorneys during their divorces because they trust us.
We have over 30 years of combined experience in handling complex divorces & family law matters.
We don't leave you in the dark. We pride ourselves on transparent communication at all times with our clients.
We have a strong reputation in this county with judges and other attorneys.