Ronald S. Zimmer & Associates Attorneys At Law

Divorce, Matrimonial and Family Law Firm also practicing Criminal Defense Law Divorce Mediation Group of Long Island provides family law, divorce law, divorce mediation, family court, child custody, and child support cases in Commack, NY.

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CORONA VIRUS UPDATE FROM OUR OFFICE

In light of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) that has impacted everyone's lives, I am available for FREE LEGAL CONSULTATIONS BY SKYPE or FACETIME.

I am very understanding that your personal legal issues still need to be handled. You may have questions or concerns that need to be addressed where you do not want to wait months for answers. I will personally address your legal questions and concerns by SKYPE or FACETIME so your mind will be at ease.

Rest assured, I will be working on legal cases throughout this crisis.

If you need to discuss your Matrimonial, Family law or Criminal legal issues, please do not hesitate to call or email me at [email protected]. Our live answering service is ON 24/7. Just leave a number and I will call you back to set up our video consultation right away.

[03/17/20]   CORONA VIRUS UPDATE FROM OUR OFFICE

In light of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) that has impacted everyone's lives, I am available for FREE LEGAL CONSULTATIONS BY SKYPE or FACETIME.

I am very understanding that your personal legal issues still need to be handled. You may have questions or concerns that need to be addressed where you do not want to wait months for answers. I will personally address your legal questions and concerns by SKYPE or FACETIME so your mind will be at ease.

Rest assured, I will be working on legal cases throughout this crisis.

If you need to discuss your Matrimonial, Family law or Criminal legal issues, please do not hesitate to call or email me at [email protected]. Our live answering service is ON 24/7. Just leave a number and I will call you back to set up our video consultation right away.

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07/17/2019

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07/16/2019

In any situation where child custody rights are at issue, a number of key questions are raised. If you're going through a divorce, you'll want to know whether your child will live primarily with you, and if not, whether will you'll be able to make important decisions as to how your child will be raised. If you're a close relative or family friend of a child who is not your own, you may be wondering if getting custody of that child is even a possibility.

Answers to these questions are at the root of most custody situations, but for parents and others without significant experience with child custody and the legal system, a fundamental concern is: How are child custody decisions made? Following is a brief discussion in response to that question.

Divorce and Child Custody Decisions

If you're a parent considering divorce, or if you are already involved in the process, you are probably wondering how child custody and visitation issues are resolved in a divorce. In general, like all aspects of a divorce -- including property division, child support, financial division, and spousal support (alimony) -- child custody and visitation will either be decided by agreement between the divorcing couple (usually with the help of attorneys and mediators) or by the court.

More specifically, custody and visitation decisions typically are resolved in one of two main ways in a divorce:

Parents reach an agreement on child custody and visitation, as a result of informal settlement negotiations (usually with the help of attorneys) or out-of-court alternative dispute resolution proceedings like mediation or "collaborative law" (usually with the help of attorneys).
Court makes a decision on child custody and visitation (usually a family court judge).
Unmarried Parents and Child Custody Decisions

When a child's parents are unmarried, the statutes of most states require that the mother be awarded sole physical custody unless the father takes action to be awarded custody. An u***d father often cannot win custody over a mother who is a good parent, but he can take steps to secure some form of custody and visitation rights.

For unmarried parents involved in a custody dispute, options for the custody decision are largely the same as those for divorcing couples -- child custody and visitation will be resolved either through agreement between the child's parents, or by a family court judge's decision. But, unlike divorcing couples, unmarried parents will not need to resolve any potentially complicated (and contentious) divorce-related issues such as division of property and payment of spousal support, so the decision-making process is focused almost exclusively on child custody. For this reason, resolution of custody and visitation may be more simplified for unmarried parents.

If unmarried parents do not reach a child custody and visitation agreement out-of-court, the matter will go before a family court judge for resolution.

Especially when making child custody decisions involving unmarried parents, the family court's primary consideration will be to identify the child's "primary caretaker." Ultimately, the court will base its decision on what it believes best serves the child's best interests.

Non-Parental Child Custody Decisions

In some cases, people other than a child's parents may wish to obtain custody -- including relatives like grandparents, aunts, uncles, and close family friends. Some states label such a situation as "non-parental" or "third-party" custody. (Note: Other states refer to the third-party's goal in these situations as obtaining "guardianship" of the child, rather than custody.)

Whatever the label, most states have specific procedures that must be followed by people seeking non-parental custody. The process usually begins when the person seeking custody files a document called a "non-parental custody petition" (or similarly-titled petition) with the court, which sets out the person's relationship to the child, the status of the child's parents (living, dead, whereabouts unknown), and the reasons the person is seeking (and should be granted) custody. Usually, a copy of this petition must also be delivered to the child's parents, if they are living and their whereabouts are known.

Questions About How Child Custody Decisions Are Made? Talk to an Attorney

If you're going through a child custody battle, you'll want to know the laws and how decisions about your child will be made. A good way to learn about the child custody laws in your state is to reach out to a local child custody attorney who can explain the laws, and represent your interests.

[07/16/19]   Dealing with Divorce

The dissolution of a marriage is almost always an unhappy event, at the very least marked by disappointment and the loss of dreams and expectations. In addition, there are usually many legal, financial, parental, emotional, and practical aspects that require changes in responsibilities and routines, and it can take people years to regain equilibrium. Nevertheless, divorce serves an important function in legally and emotionally freeing people to form a more stable relationship.

One of the most significant events of the 20th century was changing the role and improving the status of women in private and public life, along with instilling greater expectations for happiness. Those same changes brought about a much talked-about rise in divorce rates and liberalization of divorce laws. Infidelity and financial upheavals are verifiable causes of divorce, but the major causes are emotional: Partners grow emotionally distant, experience disappointments because of unmet (and often unrealistic) expectations, or develop separate visions of life.

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More Dads Are Fighting for Custody of Their Kids — and Winning

babble.com Two dads share the lengths they went to to obtain custody arrangements that are in the best interests of their children.

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oprah.com 12/03/2017

How Do I Write a Will for My Blended Family?

Learn about estate planning tools for blended families like yours.

oprah.com Suze Orman explains what blended families need to know about estate planning.

money.usnews.com 11/26/2017

You Probably Don't Know About These Financial Benefits of Divorce

Believe it or not, there are actually some finanical benefits when divorcing.

money.usnews.com Divorce is often devastating, but there are a few financial silver linings.

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Divorcing? Should You Divorce Your Home, Too?

Breaking up can be difficult enough as it is. But losing your home when divorcing is just as hard. Read on to learn more.

money.usnews.com If you love your house, but not your spouse, that can make breaking up even harder to do.

wealthmanagement.com 11/17/2017

Seven Steps to Building a Better Prenup

Mitigate the financial impact of a divorce and avoid legal battles with the right prenup.

wealthmanagement.com Mitigate the financial impact of a divorce and avoid legal battles.

kiplinger.com 11/11/2017

The True Cost of Gray Divorce

America is facing what’s being called the “gray divorce epidemic".

kiplinger.com Typically, the longer you've been together, the more assets you've acquired, and the more expensive the process. I've seen couples spend $200,000 in legal fees. And you have less time to recover financially from divorce the closer you are to retirement.

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