Most couples hope to wrap up their divorce as quickly as possible. However, unless your divorce involves no children, few assets, and is completely uncontested, it is likely that divorce proceedings will take longer than you hoped. In most cases, divorces take months and in some cases years before courts issue a final decree. In the meantime, while living apart, you must reorganize your lives to care for and support your children, provide finances for a non-working spouse, and decide on property arrangements, including who lives in the house, uses the family car, etc. Often couples and their lawyers can negotiate temporary arrangements, get both spouses to sign a separation agreement and file it with the court. In instances where couples dispute temporary arrangements, the court may have to decide for them. Temporary orders that address custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and property division help couples establish guidelines and provide a sense of order while their divorce is pending in court.
At the law office of Chris Palermo, Esq., we know the impact a divorce can have on you. For more than 13 years, we have effectively and compassionately represented men and women from Babylon and across Long Island, handling all matters related to divorce, from custody and visitation to support to property issues. We won’t delegate your case to a new associate or a paralegal—instead, you will work directly with Chris throughout the process. Our staff will ensure that you are involved and informed at all times, so that you can make good decisions about how you want to proceed. We work hard to answer all e-mails and phone calls within 24 hours, if possible.
If you live in Garden City and request a temporary order, the court will hold a hearing. Such hearings are usually scheduled quickly, within days or weeks. Temporary hearings are shorter and less formal than divorce proceedings, and hearings may decide matters such as:
Through his office in Garden City, Chris Palermo can provide you with experienced legal guidance in all aspects of divorce, including child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, divorce mediation, fathers rights, mothers rights, neglect proceedings and separation. The initial stages of divorce require thoughtful consideration of your needs and objectives. The case strategy your attorney devises at the outset tends to influence how the court decides on temporary orders, which many times carries through to permanent orders in the final divorce decree. Take the time to work closely with your lawyer so you make informed decisions that are in your and your children’s best interests.