Dedicated Family Lawyer Finds Favorable Solutions for New Yorkers
Highly experienced attorney handles matrimonial and parenting matters
Family law issues have a profound and lasting impact on you and the people you love. At The Law Office of Don B. Panush in Midtown Manhattan, I have 50 years of experience helping New Yorkers resolve the most difficult parenting and matrimonial matters. Whether you are going through a divorce or need assistance with a custody or support concern, I will work diligently to safeguard your rights and those of your children.
Effective advocate negotiates and litigates child custody issues
Whenever possible, parents should work together to reach an agreement regarding legal and physical custody. If this can’t be accomplished, my firm provides comprehensive support in child custody litigation, including advice on matters such as:
- Factors —New York courts, like the courts of other states, are required to make custody decisions based on what is in the best interests of the child. Factors considered include parental health and well-being, work schedules and any incidents of domestic violence.
- Visitation — I work to create fair visitation agreements so that parents who are not awarded physical custody can maintain strong bonds with their sons and daughters. If a dispute occurs or someone violates the agreement, my firm can represent you in Family Court.
- Modification — When it is appropriate to make changes to a parenting plan, I can help to secure revisions through negotiations or by petitioning the court.
In a free initial consultation, I will examine the facts in your situation and explain how they might affect your custody issue.
Firm represents spouses in cases relating to spousal maintenance
The 2015 overhaul of New York’s alimony law made significant changes to spousal maintenance formulations. The duration of most post-divorce maintenance is now determined by the length of the marriage. For example, unions lasting fewer than 15 years result in alimony arrangements that run for a period that is between 15 and 30 percent of the marriage’s duration. Payment rates depend on the income levels of each spouse along with child support obligations. This differs greatly from the previous system, which allowed courts to take multiple subjective factors into account. However, despite the simpler formula, it is still important to have a knowledgeable matrimonial lawyer on your side to ensure that correct information is being used and income is not being hidden. Whether you are the spouse paying support or the one receiving it, my firm will assertively pursue a fair result.
Knowledgeable legal counselor advises parents on child support disputes
Even if parents were never married, a noncustodial mother or father is required to provide child support under state law. Various factors can go into the establishment of a child support rate, but for families where the combined income is $143,000 or less, obligations are set as a specific percentage of a noncustodial parent’s salary based on the number of children they have. I work on behalf of mothers and fathers to set fair rates and appeal for appropriate modifications when appropriate. Parents must realize that even when a change in circumstances, such as a job loss, justifies a child support adjustment, they cannot take action on their own — they must obtain court approval. My firm also protects the rights of parents and children in enforcement actions.
Skillful lawyer outlines numerous options for people seeking a divorce
Each marriage is unique, so you deserve a divorce lawyer who finds the marriage dissolution process that suits your unique values and goals. Whether traditional litigation is the best choice or you prefer a different option, such as uncontested or collaborative divorce, my firm will work diligently to protect your rights and well-being. By providing personalized counsel, I will help you manage the legal, financial and emotional turbulence that accompanies the end of a marriage.
Contact an accomplished New York City family lawyer for a free initial consultation
The Law Office of Don B. Panush handles a full range of family law issues for New York clients, including divorces and custody matters. Please call 347-518-4141 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation at my Midtown office, located a block away from Columbus Circle.