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Attorney Paul Rudder

Contested Divorce Attorney New York City

Prior to October 2010 (the effective date of New York's "no fault divorce" law) parties who wished to dissolve their marital relationship while minimizing both the emotional and economic stress of Court proceedings could and negotiate the terms of a contract fully resolving the various issues incidental to a divorce, including but not limited to custody and visitation of children, financial support for a spouse and children, division and distribution of all things of value acquired by the parties, or either of them, during the period of the marriage. Once the document was completed and properly signed by each of them the parties could live separate and apart; and so long as the key terms and provisions were abided by, one year from the date of the execution of the Agreement, either party could commence an action for divorce solely upon the ground of the parties having lived separate and apart and this was then New York's version of a "no-fault" divorce. The signed Agreement was/is referred to as a "Separation Agreement." The subsequent divorce decree would incorporate the provisions of the Agreement into the Judgment of Divorce (absent a specific finding that the terms were grossly unfair).

Upon the advent of "no-fault grounds" for divorce the Separation Agreement has lost much of its impact except for those, who for moral, religious or other reasons are opposed to divorce but accept the proposition that continuing to live and reside "together" is neither appropriate nor beneficial. So, while these parties may remain legally married, they qualify and quantify the terms, conditions and mutual obligations by which they intend to self-govern their on-going relationship. These parties may then negotiate and choose to live apart as husband and wife pursuant to the terms of their written agreement. This agreement, too, is a Separation Agreement. A binding contract if fairly negotiated and properly executed.

Just because the case is not "in Court" does not necessarily mean the matter will not be "settled". Efforts to settle are on-going up to the time of the trial. Most cases are in fact settled and the terms reduced to a lengthy written agreements which shall be enforced as a binding contract between the parties.

In the absence of any written and signed Agreement the matter, in due course, will be placed on the Judge's trial calendar and upon completion of the trial (a very expensive process) the Court will issue a decision determining the issues of child custody, all support matters and the distribution and division of all marital property.

It cannot be stressed enough, that absent issues of domestic violence, strenuously contested legal battles between parties with children have multiple deleterious effects upon those children.

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Contact Paul Rudder, an experienced New York City contested divorce attorney with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Rudder has been accepted to The National Advocates: Top 100 and is recognized as one of the top lawyers in the country.

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"Top Lawyer" in Family and Divorce Law in New York Times Super Lawyers Section for (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

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