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pROTECTING THE rIGHTS OF wOMEN & moTHERS IN Suffolk & Nassau Counties
Despite the gains in women’s rights made throughout the course of decades, true equality for women is still something that requires a fight to obtain. Few concepts bring this potential bias to clearer light than divorce, as it seems that many divorce courts throughout New York and the nation still favor the husband.
DIvorcing women: property division
For women who chose to leave their occupations or desist their education, the health and overall status of their marital property can be a bit of a mystery. Relying on their husbands to provide the primary source of income while they maintained the home or raised children, women in such situations must be careful to ensure their lack of knowledge is not exploited.
Our divorce lawyers for women are insistent on doing everything we can to help our clients understand the true extent of their marital assets and finances so that they know they are getting their fair, equitable share in a divorce.
Complex marital assets that may be pertinent to your divorce include:
- Retirement plans & savings
- Privately-owned businesses
- Stock options
- Real estate property
Any property that belonged solely to your husband before you married started off as separate property. If you contributed significantly to that property’s upkeep or value, however, it could potentially become marital property, allowing you to have a share of it when you divorce. For example: If your husband owned a restaurant and you worked there as a manager for years, it would likely be considered marital property due to your dedication.
Your Rights as a Woman & Mother
All aspects of a divorce are meant to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Preexisting biases or judgments should not be permitted to affect your case, but they may.
Our lawyers handle every case we accept as if it was our own, monitoring the process carefully as it progresses so there is no room for unfair judgments. If we see something that does not respect your rights as a woman or a mother in divorce, our Long Island divorce attorneys will stand up and fight on your behalf until it is fixed.
Important factors of a divorce that cannot be overlooked are:
You probably never thought that you would be facing a divorce away from your husband, and yet now it looms right over the horizon. Rather than wondering how it is you got to this point, it is better to face the problem head-on. Here are some valuable tips that will help you navigate the process easier and more efficiently.
Prepare yourself for the legal battle ahead with these smart tips every woman should know when she is handed divorce papers, or hands them out herself.
- Document Budget: Day-to-day expenses all add up into one monthly sum. You need to calculate what your living expenses usually cost you every 30 days, not just every week, especially if you are not the chief breadwinner. Ideally, you will want to gather expenditures from the last six months and organize them on an Excel sheet.
- Communication: Controlling husbands will not stop trying to be assertive and commanding just because you are divorcing. Do not attempt to talk to your husband alone to work something out. Always go into any conversation or mediation with your attorney at your side to ensure that your best interests are put first. Communicating with a lawyer will ensure that you fully grasp the laws associated with the issues at hand.
- Procedure: The divorce court follows a strict set of guidelines and rules when it comes to posing arguments and presenting evidence. If you were planning on taking the time to tell the judge “your side of the story,” you need to plan again, for this probably will not happen.
- Protection: If your husband has a violent history or the tendency to overreact with anger at things, you might want to consider filing for an order of protection just before serving your divorce paperwork. Always take steps to remove yourself from dangerous situations, even if that means calling the police for something your husband has done.
- Children: Remember that if you share children with your husband, the court will want to act in their best interests, not your own or your husband’s. Anticipate what will benefit your kids and plan accordingly to avoid stress and surprises later.
- Credit: Start building your own line of credit immediately, even if this means getting your own credit card.
- Technology: Be wary about what you write online, or even text over the phone. You don't want any information to be leaked or used as evidence before your case.
- Will & Health Proxy: If you were to become incapacitated before or during your hearing, it's important that you have a trusted relative or friend that can make medical decisions on your behalf.
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