Divorce and Family
Residential Real Estate
At the Law Office of Theresa Mari, we specialize in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody, mediation, and real estate.
Child custody disputes are often highly contentious and require careful legal navigation. Whether you seek resolution through negotiation or court litigation, it is crucial to be represented by a law firm specializing in family law matters. At Theresa A. Mari, P.C., we have dedicated over 30 years to the practice of divorce and family law. With our extensive legal and courtroom experience, we possess the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively address and resolve your child custody and visitation concerns. Trust us to provide thorough and diligent representation tailored to your specific needs.
Divorce and Family
In October 2010, New York implemented the concept of “no-fault divorce,” allowing couples to seek divorce without having to prove fault-based grounds. Our firm guides clients with financial breakup, including equitable distribution of marital debts and assets as well as with support and custody matters. New York divorces required establishing fault through reasons such as cruel and inhuman treatment, abandonment for one year or more, adultery, prolonged imprisonment, or the conversion of a separation agreement after living apart for a year or more. This revision also eliminated the requirement for uncontested divorces to be based on fault grounds.
Residential Real Estate
Our firm will provide representation for either sellers or purchasers in Residential Real Estate matters from contracts through closing. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable and will provide our clients with all the information they need to make the buying and/or selling process a smooth and worry-free experience.
Same Sex Divorce
Following the Supreme Court’s recognition of the constitutional equal rights of same-sex couples to marry, states are now required to recognize same-sex marriages. This means that same-sex divorce cases in New York adhere to the same rules and regulations as any other divorce. Theresa A. Mari, P.C. is experienced in handling all divorce and family law issues in New York, including same-sex divorce. Our attorneys possess in-depth knowledge of New York Law and provide dedicated representation to our same-sex divorce clients, ensuring their rights and interests are protected throughout the process.
Formally known as Alimony, spousal maintenance provides financial support from the monied spouse to the non-monied spouse to enable the non-monied spouse to become self-supporting. Spousal maintenance is based on a statutory formula of approximately 15 factors that a Court can consider to determine if the award of spousal maintenance is just and proper. At Theresa A. Mari, P.C., our attorneys possess extensive experience in litigating both temporary spousal maintenance, which is paid during the divorce process, and permanent spousal maintenance, which is paid after the divorce. We are well-versed in the complexities of determining the appropriate amount and duration of spousal maintenance and are committed to advocating for your best interests throughout the legal proceedings.
Parents have a statutory obligation to support children in New York State until the child reaches the age of 21 or is otherwise emancipated. Based on a statutory calculation, child support is generally paid by the non-custodial parent. If parents have a shared parenting time arrangement, then the monied party will be the payor of child support.
Mediation is an alternate form of dispute resolution which bypasses the need for litigation. A mediator is a neutral third party that does not represent either party, but acts as both facilitator and scrivener to an agreement that is a collaborative effort.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
Planning a wedding often overlooks discussions about individual assets, which can lead to costly litigation. At Theresa A. Mari, P.C., we assist in negotiating and drafting prenuptial or postnuptial agreements to protect your assets and avoid uncertainty in the future. Secure peace of mind by entrusting us to safeguard your assets through a comprehensive marital agreement.
If you and your spouse are separating or have already done so, it’s essential to create a legally-binding separation agreement. Theresa A. Mari, P.C. specializes in drafting these agreements, which can be incorporated into divorce judgments. Our experienced attorneys have helped clients in various situations, from straightforward separations to complex cases involving finances, businesses, and child custody. Trust Theresa A. Mari, P.C. to provide the legal support you need during this challenging time.