Nassau County family law lawyers
Throughout the state of New York, all matters pertaining to domestic relations, child support, child custody, marital dissolution and a large number of other domestic-related areas fall under the jurisdiction of the Family Court system. This is a challenging and singular area of the legal profession, built mostly on a complex web of case law that has accumulated, mostly, over the past 40 years.
If you are facing actions in or have been summoned by the Family Court, the single most important thing you can do is to hire a competent and experienced attorney that can go to bat for you. Showing up to a Family Court hearings prepared, with good counsel backing you up, is one of the most surefire ways you can guarantee that you’ll get the fairest shot.
If you’ve been summoned by the Family Court, pay attention
Although the name Family Court sounds relatively benign, the decisions that it hands down are some of the most personally consequential in the entire legal system. Family Court rulings are often binding on the parties for periods of 30 years or longer. In effect, a Family Court ruling can prove to be more consequential to someone’s life than being convicted of a violent felony.
This is why it is absolutely imperative that anytime you are required to present before the state’s Family Court system, you take the proceedings with the utmost seriousness. At a minimum, this means hiring a good lawyer and always being prepared for your hearings.
The Family Courts are a highly unique area of the law
When it does come time to hire a lawyer, you should always seek to go with someone who has specialized in Family Law. This is because Family Law is one of the most challenging and complex areas of legal practice in the state of New York. Unlike criminal and civil law, which rely mostly on well-defined statutes, the Family Court system is mostly predicated on the body of existing case law. This patchwork of cases and decisions, from which the principles of how the Family Courts operate must be divined by both judges and lawyers alike, are both voluminous and detailed. For this reason, only a lawyer who has dedicated their careers to family law alone is likely to fully grasp all of the necessary precedential law that would be required to provide a first-rate defense.
Family court rulings can have heavy consequences
If you are facing action by a family court, you should know that, as a non-custodial parent, there is a chance that any finding by the court will be valid for years or decades to come. This means that it is absolutely imperative to get interactions with the Family Courts right the first time.
Our lawyers are experienced and capable of guiding you through the often complex nuances of the Family Court process. We have decades of experience in such areas as getting child support reduced, gaining custody for non-custodial parents and negotiating separations, including the divvying of marital property.
But perhaps the best strategy that we can suggest is to settle any disputes out of court. Of course, this requires hiring a good legal team prior to the case being adjudicated within the Family Court system. It is not infrequent that seemingly intractable disputes, once competent and professional legal counsel gets involved, can be amicably worked out, without having to turn to the intervention of the court system.
These are just a few of the reasons that hiring one of our skilled and experienced lawyers is the best move you can make when dealing with family law-related situations.