At Klein Varble & Associates, in Poughkeepsie, we represent clients seeking divorces. Much of the work we do centers around protecting our clients' interests and property. We have the resources, experience and knowledge necessary to do this effectively, and we fight hard for clients in New York State court. It is our drive to protect our clients that has helped our lawyers earn reputations as tough and smart advocates.
New York State is an equitable distribution state, which means that the marital assets and debts of the parties are divided equitably between them. Equitable does not necessarily mean equal. What it does mean is that — based on the facts of your case — your assets and debts will be divided in a way that fairly represents your contribution to the marriage as well as your spouse's contribution.
This assessment can get complex. Spouses often fight about what property was acquired during the marriage (making it a marital asset) and what was not. They fight about their contributions to the marriage — about who brought on debt or earned income.
Do-It-Yourself Divorce: Is It a Good Idea?
In a divorce, many people try to save money anyway they can. They get do-it-yourself books and try handling things for themselves, often visiting websites or downloading pre-printed legal forms.
Under New York State law, you don't have to have a lawyer to represent yourself in a divorce. In fact, you don't even have to consult with a lawyer. But the mistakes you make are your own. If you make a mistake — even a serious mistake — courts will not undo the decisions that have been made.
For that reason, do-it-yourself divorce is never a good idea. It is critical to work with an experienced lawyer — especially when matters of property division are involved. You need someone who knows the law and court procedures in order to understand what you are entitled to and to protect your interests.
Contact a Kingston Area Marital Property Distribution Attorney
Hire a Poughkeepsie property division attorney to zealously represent you. Contact Klein Varble & Associates, at 800-701-5886.