“Divorce is hard, I know that most of the time the only people who write a review are the ones who are unhappy so I thought I would take a moment to share this review of Stacey Balduf. My divorce was awful…I had a hard time understanding how the process could be like it is. All I can say is that Stacey talked to me in a way that kept me focused on what was important. She was dead on about what was going to happen and how it was likely to turn out. Because of that my final divorce reflected what was most important to me.  I would recommend Stacey to anyone that is focused on making a realistic plan for the future.” ~Martin

Divorce-Separation is a difficult period in anyone’s life. Some common situations in Divorce-Separation include:

No-fault Divorce:

In 2010, the State of New York adopted no-fault divorce. No-fault divorce known as “irreconcilable differences” has several advantages.  It’s discreet because no one is required to allege any grounds or reasons for divorce which could be damaging to a party’s reputation.  Although a law suit is still required, this process is relatively quick and more cost-effective, since the Court generally accepts the legal settlement agreement as the basis of the divorce order/judgment.

Separation-Settlement Agreements:

A separation agreement encompasses a variety of issues.  It allows both parties to live separate and apart without interference from the other, as if unmarried. This agreement is binding.  So make sure you know your rights and options before entering into your written settlement agreement–it may be difficult to change later.

Temporary Spousal Support (Alimony or Maintenance):

New Spousal Maintenance Legislation Recently Passed by New York State Legislature

Fair Support Payments during periods of transition.  What is done about money while everything is up in the air?  Wondering how to manage household expenses during the divorce process?  The amount of spousal support can be legally required and is dependent upon several factors including:
Length of marriage
Disparity in the parties’ income
Earning capacity of the parties’
Wasteful dissipation of marital assets
Ability of person seeking alimony to become self-supporting
Any other factor the Court deems relevant

Non-Resident Situations:

If you are serving in the military and currently deployed, or if you have relocated and your spouse is still living in New York, you may still proceed with your divorce-separation in New York State. Contact Stacey for a free initial telephone or Skype consultation.

If you are considering a divorce-separation in New York State, contact Stacey A. O’Neill Balduf, Esq. serving Syracuse, Oswego, Madison and Cayuga Counties 315 622-5202 or staceybalduf@gmail.com for your free initial consultation.