Your Matrimonial and Divorce Attorneys in Westchester County | White Plains, NY
The matrimonial and
divorce lawyers of
Riebling, Proto & Sachs, LLP dedicate more than 50 years of combined courtroom and negotiation experience
to helping their
contested divorce and uncontested divorce clients throughout Westchester County, New York.
Of the many questions that we are asked, several of them focus upon what
the client should or should not do prior to and during their divorce case.
In order to help, we have developed a list for clients to keep in mind
whether they are involved in a contested divorce, uncontested divorce
or negotiating a legal separation (separation agreement).
Things to DO:
- Be honest with your attorney and be responsive to your attorney's requests
for information. In other words, help our divorce and matrimonial lawyers
help you by keeping them fully informed.
- Make an inventory of all marital and separate real and personal property
with approximate values. This will become useful when it becomes necessary
to determine how property will be divided and in preparing a statement
of net worth.
- Prepare a package of financial information including but not limited to:
tax returns (with W-2s and 1099s), bank statements, securities account
information, credit card statements, loan documents, real estate transactions,
pay stubs, pension and retirement accounts, health insurance information,
professional licenses, etc.
- Prepare a list of all the activities you participate in with your children.
Be specific, including names of coaches, teachers, dates and times, etc.
- Prepare a budget of your and your children's monthly expenses. Again,
be as detailed as possible. If you can collect copies of regular bills,
then you should keep them.
- Clarify for yourself, prior to seeing an attorney, your own important needs,
interests and priorities. In other words, what rights, property and interests
are you seeking as part of your contested divorce, uncontested divorce
and/or legal separation agreement.
Things NOT to DO:
- Do not involve or discuss your divorce case with your children in any manner.
Judges in divorce actions will not look favorably upon this and it is
- Do not fight, argue with or disparage your spouse. And never argue with,
fight or disparage your spouse in front of your children.
- Do not say anything negative about your spouse to your children. This includes
not saying anything to third parties who are within the hearing distance
of your children. In some cases, disparaging a spouse in front of the
children may be seen as an attempt to alienate the children from the spouse
and may affect your parental rights.
- Do not deny your spouse visitation or access to your children. If there
are issues of domestic violence, abuse, maltreatment, neglect, etc., you
should bring this to the attention of your attorney and follow their advice.
- Do not change the locks or deny your spouse entry to the residence without
the advice and direction of your lawyer.
Get the Assistance and Protection of a Skilled Divorce and Matrimonial Lawyer
With offices located just blocks from the Westchester County Court in White
Plains, New York, our divorce and matrimonial attorneys appear regularly
to protect the personal and financial interests of our many clients who
come to us from every town, village and city in Westchester County, NY.
Since both contested divorce and uncontested divorce actions require the
approval of a Supreme Court Judge, our familiarity and proximity to the
courthouse allows us to be attentive and available for our clients, especially
in emergency situations.
Regardless of what stage of the divorce process, we will be able to help.
Our knowledgeable attorneys handle all contested divorces, uncontested
divorces, legal separations,
pre-nuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements and post-judgment divorce actions. We have successfully litigated hundreds
of divorce, matrimonial and family matters, obtaining favorable awards
and settlements for
child custody and visitation,
spousal maintenance and support (alimony), and post-judgment enforcement and contempt proceedings, as examples.
Contact a Divorce and Matrimonial Attorney and Get Results
We offer flexible appointment times and free consultations on all divorce
and matrimonial matters. Please call us at (914) 946-4808 or
Contact Us through our website to arrange an appointment.