Protecting Your Rights During Divorce
Bashian P.C. distinguishes itself from other law firms that practice in the field of matrimonial and family law, by fusing knowledge of those legal areas with additional expertise in business matters, tax laws and regulations, estate planning, wealth management and asset protection, estate and trusts litigation, simple and complex business transactions, and executive employment matters, in order to provide comprehensive legal representation to our clients who are involved in premarital planning (prenuptial agreements, domestic partner agreements, occupancy agreements), postnuptial agreements, dissolution of a marriage (annulments and divorces), or post-dissolution litigation.
Applying Our Knowledge To Your Individual Circumstances
We utilize our broad range of knowledge in numerous areas of the law to assist our clients, who range from W-2 wage-earning individuals with moderate assets to clients who have more complex financial portfolios and concerns, such as owners of small to large businesses, tradespersons and professionals with professional licenses such as doctors and attorneys, corporate executives, hedge fund managers and investment bankers.
While each presents a unique set of facts and circumstances, we uniformly apply our knowledge of business matters, tax laws and regulations, estate planning, wealth management and asset protection, and qualified and unqualified deferred compensation assets, to ensure that both our clients’ financial interests and legal concerns are carefully analyzed. With our comprehensive financial approach, we offer in-house review as to how our clients’ matrimonial and family law matters will impact their business employment, holdings, retirement benefits, financial holdings, estate and tax planning, as well as their professional certifications and/or licenses held.
Understanding Of Complex Divorce And Matrimonial Issues
The dissolution of a marriage involves complex planning, negotiation, and in certain cases litigation, of not only child custody, child support, equitable distribution of marital assets, declaration of separate nonmarital assets, but may include more advanced issues such as the valuation and distribution of closely held and/or family business entities, deferred compensation plans, real estate holdings, and enhanced hearings valuations. At Bashian P.C., we have both the experience and knowledge to assist our clients with these complex issues.
We will take all the necessary time to learn the facts about our clients’ issues. Once we do a comprehensive and thorough review, our attorneys and staff work one-on-one with clients to advance and protect our clients’ interests. Our experience has been that if the parties are able to reach a resolution through settlement, they are afforded the greatest amount of control to shape the manner in which their specific matter will be resolved.
While Bashian P.C. is fully prepared to litigate on behalf of our clients, we attempt to engage in alternative dispute resolution to seek resolutions without lengthy litigation. We maintain this strategy in order to save our clients time and money. In order to accommodate this additional service to our clients, we also have experience as trained mediators and have served as mediators for couples seeking a third-party neutral to assist in an amicable resolution of their dispute, be it an uncontested divorce, separation, custody agreement or another family issue.
The Kind Of Divorce Representation We Provide
Our knowledge and experience prepare us to tackle the most complicated family law issue, including:
- Prenuptial agreements
- Domestic partnership agreements
- Occupancy agreements
- Postnuptial agreements
- Separation agreements
- Spousal alimony/Support/Maintenance
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Property division
- Complex asset division
- Family offense proceedings/Orders of Protection
- LGBT legal issues
- Post-judgment relief
Providing Guidance In Child Custody And Visitation Matters
We fight for you when it comes to both legal custody and actual physical custody. By legal custody, we mean your right to make determinations regarding the upbringing of your child, your child’s medical, religious and educational needs, and your child’s special needs. When we say physical custody, we are speaking of your right to have your child live with you following a separation or divorce.
Our firm has access to experts who can testify on your behalf and resources to make certain you can meet the needs of your children. We know how to negotiate with other individuals. We assist with enforcement of orders when the other parent remains uncooperative.
Divorce And Property Division
The division of property during the divorce process can be extremely contentious. As New York is an equitable distribution state, this means all assets and property purchased during the course of marriage (known as marital property) may be subject to property division during the divorce process.
Such a process does not, however, mean that the property division will necessarily be equal. Factors for division include the length of marriage, the employment, skills and education of both spouses, the amount of debt, the health of the spouses, and the appreciation in value of certain assets.
We pay specific attention to your concerns and offer the service and guidance you need to resolve property division issues effectively.
Complex Asset Division And Divorce
The courts in New York have broad discretion when it comes to dividing assets following divorce. However, the courts cannot divide such property in an equitable manner unless there is careful presentation of the evidence.
At Bashian P.C., we understand complex finances, the appreciation and depreciation of assets, the consequences of having foreign assets or accounts, and the needs of businesses when division of business assets occurs.
As every property division question is different, we advise regarding your various options and possible outcomes. We also have at our disposal accountants, appraisers and other experts who can testify on your behalf.