WESTCHESTER AND NEW YORK CITY FAMILY LAWYERS
New York family law encompasses a wide range of issues, from division of valuable property and assets and responsibility for debts in a divorce, to parenting plans and support calculations, to inheritance decisions and beyond. All of these decisions are delicate and can strain family relationships. Katherine Eisold Miller and Miller Law Group associates believe that by keeping the lines of communication open, they can help you achieve agreed-upon solutions to your family disputes.
Our law firm will be your advocate throughout all stages of your divorce. Even if you are in the beginning stages of coming to grips with the fact that you want a divorce, we are able to talk toyou and provide guidance. If you are thinking about divorce or if you have made the ultimate decision to divorce, our female divorce lawyers can help.
The Westchester County family law practice at the Miller Law Group encompasses:
If you would prefer to resolve your dispute with care and compassion for yourself and your family, call the Westchester County family law attorneys at the Miller Law Group for a consultation at (914) 738-7765. They can provide the legal advice you need in a fast and cost-effective manner.
DIVORCE OUT OF COURT
Many divorces are made worse by the very character of our adversarial legal system. The traditional litigation model often encourages divorcing spouses to undermine and attack each other. Feelings of frustration, anger and fear are often exacerbated by this process. Parents hand over their role as decision-makers for their children to their attorneys and the judge, all of whom are strangers to their family. As a result, the decisions made are not necessarily in the best interests of the people involved.
“Old-fashioned, adversarial divorces are much too expensive, both financially and emotionally. They take a long time, and the longer they take, the more they cost. There are real and present dangers. Once you are in the court system, you are on a roller coaster. Anything can happen. The judge does not have time to get to know you, the ‘experts’ can be wrong, and, all too often, bad things happen to good people,” says firm founder Katherine Eisold Miller.
The New York City and New Rochelle family lawyers at the Miller Law Group firmly believe that Collaborative Practice and mediation offer better and healthier choices, both for divorcing couples and for their children. Keeping control of your own divorce often produces results that are better tailored to your family, and it produces those results far more quickly and cost-effectively than litigation. As an additional benefit, the details of your divorce process remain completely private. Since you never appear in a courtroom, neither the public nor the media can gain access to your personal information, financial or otherwise.
Whether you are considering separation, divorce, or the end of a domestic partnership, if you are looking for a family law attorney in Westchester County, contact the Miller Law Group to discuss your legal options: (914) 738-7765.
CHILD SUPPORT, CHILD CUSTODY, AND VISITATION
Children are often the ones who suffer most when their parents split up. The emotional, financial, and physical tolls of divorce can be devastating to children of all ages. Through mediation and Collaborative Practice, you and your spouse get to work through the issues related to your children privately – without your children present. You and your ex set the stage for your future co-parenting relationship while supporting each other’s separate relationship with the children.
New York City and New Rochelle family law attorneys at the Miller Law Group provide you with legal advice about child support, child custody, and visitation. They offer you practical advice as you try to work through your concerns for your child.
Parents should know:
- A well-designed parenting schedule allows both parents to share quality time with their children, which reinforces to children that they are loved and not abandoned by their parents.
- Collaboration between parents is in the best interests of the children. A civil relationship with your ex reinforces a sense of well-being for your children.
- Using children as messenger pigeons is uncomfortable for them. Talk to your ex despite your discomfort.
- There are potential tax breaks related to child support and spousal support. These should be discussed in your mediation or Collaborative Law session.
Westchester County family law lawyers in the Miller Law Group counsel clients about how best to sort out workable custody, visitation, child support and spousal support agreements. They provide the advice you need to plan for parental relocation, education savings, and other potentialities in your children’s future, all the while keeping the best interests of the child at the forefront of all discussions.
Asking a fiancée to sign a prenup is difficult. It may feel like contemplating defeat before you begin your future together. In reality, a prenup gives you and your fiancé an opportunity to openly communicate about difficult topics that may come up during your marriage, and will certainly come up in the event of a divorce:
- How to handle property acquired or debts incurred before the marriage
- How to share household expenses during marriage
- What to do about income received from one or both spouse’s parents during the marriage
- In the event of divorce, whether to provide for a period of spousal maintenance payments
The purpose of a prenup is to provide a clear roadmap in the event of divorce, when making financial and other decisions together becomes especially challenging. If you never face a divorce, you won’t need the prenup. However, if you do decide to separate, a prenup spares you the cost of expensive litigation, protects you from uncertainty, and guards your privacy. As family attorneys in New York City and Westchester County, attorneys at the Miller Law Group provide clients with the care, sensitivity, and counsel they need to work through any legal and financial concerns that marriage may raise for them. Call the office to consult with experienced family law attorneys about your legal options: (914) 738-7765
NON-MARITAL DISPUTES OVER BUSINESS ASSETS AND ISSUES
Family-run businesses, partnerships, and other business ventures often involve the investment of time, sweat, and money. When your business is at a significant crossroads or facing the prospect of dissolution, it can feel insurmountable and devastating. But even in the face of very high conflict or high net worth, there is the possibility of resolving complex issues without going to court. The Miller Law Group offers a cost-effective alternative to litigation related to many disputes, including:
- The division of business assets in a divorce
- Probate of a business
- Conflict between the terms of a will and a business contract
- Resolution of management succession
- Valuation, liquidation, and distribution of businesses
As family law attorneys in New York City and Westchester County, the Miller Law Group is sensitive to the needs of businesses in conflict. They apply over 25 years of experience to achieve practical and effective results for clients. If you would like to resolve your business-related dispute outside of court, call the Miller Law Group at (914) 738-7765
INHERITANCE, SUCCESSION, PROBATE, AND ESTATES
When someone you love dies without clearly defining how to divide his or her assets, family strife inevitably erupts. Conflicts among the potential heirs of an estate can be resolved in mediation or Collaborative Practice without having to go to court. You, the other heirs, and interested parties work with a mediator or Collaborative Lawyer to negotiate for the issues and items that matter most to you. Collaborative practice and mediation offer several advantages over courtroom litigation, including:
- The conservation of estate assets, since mediation and collaborative practice are often significantly less time-consuming and expensive than courtroom litigation
- The preservation of family relationships by avoiding an unnecessarily adversarial approach
- The avoidance of airing intimate details of the family’s conflict in public
If you would like to resolve your probate or estate planning issue out of court, contact the attorneys at the Miller Law Group at (914) 738-7765. The Miller Law Group are mediators and Collaborative Attorneys who help clients work through family conflict peaceably.
POST-DECREE MODIFICATIONS TO EXISTING AGREEMENTS
Life intrudes on even the best-laid plans. Job changes, relocation decisions, and loss of income can make aspects of your separation agreement or an old court order difficult to live with. Fortunately, the law allows you to modify your existing court orders and separation agreement.
Mediation and collaborative practice are a cost-effective alternative to courtroom litigation for modifications to previous court orders or separation agreements. Based on your circumstances, you and your ex-spouse can negotiate terms of a new agreement out of court. The mediator or collaborative professional facilitates this discussion and helps you move toward potential solutions. The Miller Law Group provide mediation and Collaborative services for families facing the following types of issues:
- Parental relocation
- Child support payments or arrears
- Child custody or visitation arrangements
- Business succession
- Wills, probate, and estates
When life takes unexpected turns, you may need an affordable family law attorney in New York City or Westchester County. The Miller Law Group provides the legal counsel you need to develop creative and cost-effective solutions to your problems. Call our offices at (914) 738-7765 or email us online to discuss the circumstances of your case.