Helping Families Spend Time in the Living Room, Not the Courtroom

At New York Family Law Group, we focus on family matters so you can focus on what matters to you.

Helping Families Spend Time in the Living Room, Not the Courtroom

At New York Family Law Group, we focus on family matters so you can focus on what matters to you.

Manhattan, New York

Manhattan is one of the most densely populated cities in the nation, widely known for its iconic landmarks and booming financial and entertainment industries. Like its neighboring cities, Manhattan’s busy blocks have endless opportunities for business and cultural exploration. However, amidst the hustle and buzzle of the busy streets of Manhattan live a high number of couples and families who face divorce and custody related issues. If you’re living in Manhattan, New York and are considering your options for divorce, custody, or more, our family law attorneys are ready to help you through this challenging season. We put your goals for your family at the forefront of our legal strategy, which is individually tailored to your unique situation. Allow us to advocate for your rights and protect your interests! Contact New York Family Law Group today to book a discovery call and learn about your next steps.

About Us

Martin Mohr and Ethan Steward, our founders and partners, are passionate family lawyers with more than 30 years of combined experience in New York family law. With the help of our attorneys, you can protect your interests and your family.

Our Services

We offer a full range of family law services, including divorce, custody and visitation, child support and spousal support, father’s rights, grandparent’s rights, protective orders, and more.

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We are passionate about serving our clients and helping them begin the next chapter in their lives. If you are seeking help with a divorce or family law matter, contact us today to get started.

Top-Rated Manhattan Attorneys Ethan Steward and Martin Mohr Explain Family Law in New York

Family law issues tend to have a deeper and more enduring effect compared to other legal matters. Legal complexities may arise from various family concerns, such as separation or divorce, obtaining a protection order, maintaining visitation and custody rights, or providing child or spousal support. Attorneys who are in the field of family law have the duty of exercising objectivity in the face of the law while extending compassion and understanding to the families they are working with.

Where cases in other legal practices would call for an unyielding approach to law, family law attorneys must maintain a sense of integrity while also advocating for the best interests of their clients and their loved ones. Family law can be unique in that collaboration and cooperation can be tools just as powerful as knowledge of the law but there is still space for aggressive representation where the situation calls. 

Led by Manhattan family law attorneys Ethan Steward and Martin Mohr, New York Family Law Group continues to provide quality services to help families move on from their legal troubles with a fresh perspective on life.

To schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney, call us today at (347) 212-5113.

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Practice Areas Under Family Law

New York Family Law Group provides legal assistance and representation in the following practice areas:

  • Contested and Uncontested Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Alimony and Spousal Support
  • Parenting Agreements and Visitation Rights
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Marital Asset Distribution
  • Adolescent Guardianships
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Domestic Violence
  • Modification of Custody and Support Orders
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Families experiencing family law matters must often juggle the emotional burden with the often complicated legal aspect. Divorce and other family law cases can prove to be a maze to maneuver for families without the skilled legal help necessary to understand their rights and responsibilities.

We also provide assistance in other matters of family law in New York. We provide professional and tailored legal help. Call us at (718) 293-1542 to schedule a consultation.

Divorce

New York law has provisions for two kinds of divorce: contested and uncontested. The type of divorce process a couple will get depends on their ability to cooperate and collaborate on the important aspects of their divorce. New York has strict residency requirements on who can get their marriage dissolved in the state.

Along with these requirements, the couple must also determine the grounds for why they are seeking a divorce and discuss their standing on the following issues:

  • The division of their marital assets and debts
  • Whether child support would be needed and how much
  • Whether spousal support would be necessary and which spouse would be paying whom
  • Who will get custody of any minor children that they share and
  • Developing a parenting agreement and plan reflecting their decisions

Uncontested divorces are hinged on the ability of the divorcing couple to work through their differences and discuss the matters of their divorce and negotiate agreeable terms with each other. An uncontested divorce process can be a more efficient and less expensive option because it does not require the help of a judge to make the final decision on the major issues of the divorce. The type of divorce may not be set in stone, however. When an issue cannot be mutually resolved, the divorce can move into contested territory. But when the spouses can work to resolve their differences with minimal legal intervention, an uncontested divorce can be resolved by filing the proper legal documents once the spouses have come to an agreement.

When the intervention of the court is necessary to decide on the important matters of the divorce, the divorce becomes contested. In New York, the Supreme Court imposes an order on the terms of the divorce that each spouse would have to follow or risk legal consequences.

Grounds for divorce are legally acceptable reasons for which a spouse can choose to petition the court for the dissolution of their marriage. There are seven grounds for divorce in New York.

  • Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage – Also known as a no-fault divorce; when using this ground for divorce, the marriage must have been considered broken down for six months and all major issues in the marriage must have been settled.
  • Cruel and Inhuman Treatment – The judge would be looking for any evidence of cruelty that happened within the last five years. The level of cruelty can mean a level in which the plaintiff spouse (the spouse who filed for divorce) feels mentally or physically unsafe around the defendant spouse or it would be endangering the plaintiff spouse’s well-being to continue living with the defendant.
  • Abandonment – Abandonment can be established when the defendant spouse has severed relations with the plaintiff spouse for a year or longer. For example, if the defendant left their marital home or if they have stopped having intimate relations with the plaintiff spouse.
  • Imprisonment – When the defendant spouse has been in prison for three consecutive years, this ground can be used to file for a divorce. The plaintiff can also use this ground for up to five years after the spouse is released from prison.
  • Adultery – To use this ground, evidence from a third party must be included that shows that the defendant committed adultery during the marriage.
  • Divorce after a legal separation – This ground can be used when the spouses create a valid separation agreement and live independently for a year. This is also called a conversion divorce process.
  • Divorce after a judgment of separation – Under this ground, the Supreme Court itself draws up a judgment of separation for the spouses which they must adhere to for a year before the divorce is finalized.

Regardless of the grounds or whether your divorce is uncontested or contested, seeking the help of an experienced Manhattan divorce attorney can help you avoid any legal issues and ensure that your rights are protected. Our skilled divorce attorneys at New York Family Law Group can provide legal assistance from negotiating a divorce agreement to representing your interests in a contested divorce. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you. 

“We are focused on what matters to you, your family, and your future.”

Martin Mohr & Ethan Steward

Managing Partners of New York Family Law Group

Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic violence and abuse can take various forms, including physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, and financial abuse. It can happen in any intimate relationship, such as a marriage, dating, or cohabitation. Domestic violence and abuse are not limited to physical violence but can involve verbal threats, intimidation, isolation, stalking, and other controlling behaviors.

Cases involving domestic violence should be treated with extreme care and delicacy. Given the emotional and physical effects that the abuse can have on victims, handling such cases requires a great level of experience to navigate to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Domestic violence cases can also have a negative legal effect on the accused party, and can affect matters such as child custody and asset distribution. Validating accusations must also be handled carefully to avoid cases of false reporting. 

If you are a victim of domestic violence and abuse, your personal safety and the well-being of your children come first. A skilled New York City domestic violence attorney can have the necessary resources to protect your safety and uphold your legal rights. New York Family Law Group can advocate for your welfare and petition the court for the necessary legal restrictions such as an Order of Protection to ensure your safety.

To learn more about how we can assist you, call us today at (347) 212-5113.

One of the most common issues that need to be addressed in a divorce is the matter of child custody and support. While a divorce can be emotionally distressing for the couple, the court expects them to come together and discuss a resolution that would be in the child’s best interests. New York law operates on the presumption that parents can agree on joint custody, meaning both parents would be jointly responsible for taking care of their child or children. If this is not possible, the family court itself will decide which parent to give custody to and which kind.

Custody in New York is split into two kinds. Physical custody, on one hand, refers to the responsibility of deciding where the child lives. Legal custody, on the other hand, refers to the responsibility of making important decisions regarding the child’s well-being and care. The type of custody is further divided into whether the parents share the ability to decide on these matters or if one parent will have the sole authority.

  • Sole legal custody – With this type of custody, only one parent has the legal authority to make important decisions regarding the child or children’s healthcare, education, and religious upbringing.
  • Joint legal custody – In this type of custody, both parents share the legal authority to make decisions regarding the child or children’s healthcare, education, and religious upbringing.
  • Sole physical custody – This type of custody arrangement means that the child or children will primarily live with one parent, while the other parent will have visitation rights.
  • Joint physical custody – In this type of custody arrangement, the child or children will split their time living with both parents according to a predetermined parenting schedule.

On matters of child support, New York laws require that parents contribute financially to support their children’s upbringing. This remains true even once their marriage is terminated. The law aims to uphold the least disturbance in the child’s status quo and this includes the fact that the child should have the same financial support they would have received if the couple was still married.

In most cases, the primary custodial parent would be the recipient of child support but the court will always consider the unique circumstances of the couple and the child’s best interests. There are also calculations that prescribe the amount of child support to ensure a fair award. However, the court would also accept any determination the couple makes as long as it is in the child’s best interests.

Child support is meant to pay for the child’s basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing. Other add-ons can be considered such as education, health insurance, extracurricular activities, and medical expenses. It is important to note that nonpayment of child support can have serious legal consequences and a modification can only be awarded under specific circumstances.

The courts will always make a decision by taking the child’s best interests as a priority. Working with a skilled New York City child custody attorney can help you have a better idea of how the legal system works and increase your chances of getting the best possible outcome. Contact New York Family Law Group today for more information.

In cases where the spouses have a great discrepancy in terms of finances or when one spouse is financially dependent on the other, the court can award the financially dependent spouse with spousal support and maintenance. Alimony or spousal support can be seen as a way to balance the scales for spouses who put a hold on their career or education to take care of their family while the other spouse continues their career. There are two types of spousal support: temporary and permanent. 

The type of support and how much support is given can depend on different factors such as how long the couple has been married, each spouse’s income, each spouse’s contribution to the household, and each spouse’s age and health, among others. Spousal support can also be considered as reparations in cases where a spouse has spendthrift behavior that has greatly diminished the couple’s marital assets or in cases involving domestic violence.

If you are considering filing for divorce and foresee a need to petition for spousal support, getting the help of an experienced New York City spousal support attorney can be beneficial. Our family law lawyers at New York Family Law Group can assist you whether you are seeking to file a petition or whether you want to challenge a potential petition.

Call our firm today at (347) 212-5113 to schedule a consultation.

Applying for legal guardianship is the process of petitioning the court to have legal responsibility and authority over a child’s care. A person can become the legal guardian of a person aged 17 and below or between the ages of 18-21 if the person consents.

While the process may be similar to adoption, guardianship is not a permanent relationship. The guardianship ends when the young person reaches 18 years of age (or 21 with the young person’s consent), when the young person gets married, or if the young person dies.

The process of guardianship can be initiated in cases when a child’s parents become unavailable either due to death, incapacity, or legal reasons such as imprisonment, deportation, or being unfit to care for the child. Under New York law, the parents’ consent must be granted – as well as the child’s consent if they are over 14 – but in some cases, guardianship can be approved by the court even without the parents’ consent if it is in the child’s best interests.

The law also has a provision for a “standby guardianship” in which parents can determine a guardian who would care for their children if the parents become unable to look after them. This kind of guardianship does not take effect until the circumstances call for it such as when the parents are too sick or pass away.

Applying for guardianship of a child is a significant responsibility. Getting the assistance of an experienced Manhattan guardianship attorney can help you in understanding the legal implications and assist you in the process.

Contact New York Family Law Group today at (347) 212-5113 to learn more about New York’s guardianship process.

The Importance of Working With an Experienced Family Law Attorney in Manhattan

While having the help of a skilled attorney is crucial when facing complicated legal matters, compassionate advocacy is just as important as experience when dealing with family law concerns. Your attorney would have to perform the different roles of negotiator, mediator, and legal advocate depending on the circumstances of your case. 

At New York Family Law Group, top-rated Manhattan family law lawyers Ethan Steward and Martin Mohr can represent your and your family’s best interests in and out of court. We provide professional yet compassionate legal assistance with the goal of helping clients move forward with their lives with optimism and confidence. 

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The Manhattan Family Law Firm with the Legal Experience and Track Record

Issues of family law can be emotional precisely because these matters hit home. You deserve the help of an attorney who would listen to your concerns and develop a legal strategy that takes into account your personal goals and your family’s well-being. 

Our team of legal professionals at New York Family Law Group can provide you with the assistance you need to make informed decisions and explain the legal implications of your choices and actions. You don’t have to face these difficult times alone.

Contact us at (347) 212-5113 to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.

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