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Albany Divorce Lawyers

Recent Changes to New York Divorce Law

New York divorce law has changed drastically in recent years. Prior to October 12, 2010, New York did not have "no-fault" divorce. As a result, there were only two ways to obtain a divorce:

  • Agree on all the property, support, and custody issues, sign a separation agreement and wait one year; or
  • Prove adultery, cruel and inhumane treatment or abandonment for a period of greater than one year.

However, the recent change in the law added another ground for divorce. A divorce can now be obtained if the relationship between husband and wife has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months.

Divorce Attorneys Serving Albany and Upstate New York

At the law firm of Maxwell & Van Ryn, LLP in the Albany suburb of Delmar, we help clients through the divorce process. We often tell our clients that the most important thing in negotiating a successful divorce is patience. Your spouse will have to negotiate with you sooner or later. The more patient you are, the better deal you will obtain.

Drinking and divorce: If you want to spend two years in court and add $10,000 to the cost of your divorce, the best way to do it is to approach your spouse to negotiate after either of you has been drinking. Absolutely, positively, no discussions should take place under those circumstances or when you are exhausted.

Listening to Your Concerns, Keeping You Informed

We are sensitive to the emotional turmoil you may be experiencing during your divorce. Our job, our vocation, as attorneys and counselors at law is to help you understand what the legal system can and cannot do for you. Although we are always prepared to go to trial, almost all divorce cases are better resolved by negotiation rather than by litigation.

Marriage dissolution should not be about punishing the other spouse. It should be about preserving the best quality of life — economically, spiritually and psychologically — for both of you. We can guide you through the process of obtaining the divorce and help you resolve the issues that are important to you and your family, including:

  • Division of assets and debts
  • Tax implications of divorce
  • Child custody and visitation issues
  • Spousal and child support
  • Professional degrees and your divorce
  • Retirement and pension issues

In an effort to help our clients resolve their disputes amicably, we also represent clients in the collaborative process, an alternative to litigation.

Contact Our Spousal Support Attorneys Serving Schenectady

Contact us for an initial consultation with a lawyer about your divorce with no obligation. Our law office is located in the Albany suburb of Delmar in upstate New York. We offer free parking.