Family Law in New York, NY

New York’s family laws are complex and often require the assistance of a skilled and knowledgeable family lawyer to understand. Lawrence N. Rothbart is a seasoned New York family lawyer with more than 37 years experience. Throughout his extensive experience as a family lawyer in New York, he has developed a reputation as being a caring advocate for his clients who will guide them through a divorce, child custody dispute or other family law manner with compassion and sensitivity. He focuses on what is in the best interests of the family and supports Collaborative Practice and mediation as alternatives to the contentious litigation process.

Knowledgeable Family Lawyer Explains New York Laws
New York judges, respect the rights of parents and spouses to reach an amicable agreement outside the courtroom and encourage mediation. If the parents are able to reach an agreement, they can ask the court to make this agreement a formal court order. However, if they are unable to reach an agreement, they must turn to the following laws to make decisions about the family:

  • Child custody – The judge considers what is in the child’s best interests by evaluating enumerated factors, such as who has been the child’s primary caretaker, the quality of each parent’s home environment and the fitness of each parent.
  • Child support and Spousal Support – Child support and Spousal Support awarded in a divorce or child support proceeding are based on a formulas.
  • Equitable distribution – If spouses divorce, their property can be divided by a judge in a manner that he or she deems fair, but not necessarily equal.

If you need a New York divorce lawyer or child custody attorney who can explain how these laws may affect your case, contact Lawrence N. Rothbart online or call (212) 812-0694.