What You Should Know About Family Law in Staten Island
Family Law Attorney Suggestion
Unfortunately, the time may come when you are in need of a family lawyer. However, family law isn’t always an unfortunate case. It’s not all divorce and child custody; family law can also deal with things like prenuptial and post nuptial agreements. Wherever you are, it’s important to be educated on family law in your area, as you never know when it may come in handy. For those of you in Staten Island, we’re going to cover some information on family law and attorney suggestions.
The most important thing to know before you get started is where to go. Staten Island’s family law courthouse, Richmond County Family Court, is located at 100 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island 10301 — two blocks west of St. George Terminal. They’re open from 9am to 5pm, but the doors open at 8:30am, so get there early.
There are many great options to choose a Staten Island family law attorney, all very qualified and capable of assisting you with your family law matters. Some family law attorneys in Staten Island are: Robert W. Hiatt, P.C.; the Law Offices of Francine Pickett Cohen, LLC; Angiuli & Gentile LLP; Kurt T. Richards, P.C.; Polizzotto & Polizzotto.
It is important to know that hiring a family law attorney is not necessary during the divorce filing process, however doing so can make the process much easier than if you were filing on your own. If you do decide to hire an attorney, there are a couple steps you should take beforehand to make things a lot easier on all parties involved. Get copies of all your financial records for at least the past two years; this includes bank statements, (recent) pay stubs, tax returns, IRA accounts, credit cards and debt records, appraisals, etc. You should also get copies of all your real estate records, proof of ownership of other properties (such as any cars, boats, etc), prenuptial or post nuptial agreements, and any degree or license earned during the marriage along with bills and all records involving said degree or license.
Some actions you can take after gathering your records include taking an inventory (with pictures) of all your items of value. You should also open a savings or checking account of your own and a credit line. If at all possible, it would be beneficial to both you and your spouse to pay off any joint debts you have before filing for divorce. These are just a couple of important steps to take before talking (or while you talk) with your lawyer. Speaking with your lawyer will clarify more things you might have to do in order to ease the process.