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All financial records are subject to discovery in a divorce in Rochester, but you can get a head start by collecting things like the past two years’ tax returns, pay stubs, statements from bank accounts, brokerages, credit cards, retirement accounts, and more.

Large assets like homes or businesses will most likely be appraised during the divorce, which will also impact the financial picture.

Existing records of your home’s value are helpful to have, as some elements can hinge on the increase in value since purchase.

Having a well-constructed financial record at the outset of a divorce can help your bargaining position significantly.

Both parties are required to share financial records with each other, so the more complete the picture you’ve put together on your own, the better chance you have of keeping your spouse honest.

The attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer can help you build a strong financial case to open your divorce with.

Call us today at 585-377-5504 and speak to an experienced Rochester divorce attorney for free.

No, contrary to popular understanding, an annulment is typically much harder to achieve in Rochester, even if your marriage has been short.

For the state of New York to allow an annulment, you’ll have to prove that there was a flaw in the origin of the marriage, like one of you was underage and therefore ineligible, or still married to a previous spouse.

The judge, rather than dissolving a marriage and restoring your status, is essentially declaring that your marriage never happened at all, which requires a high bar to meet.

New York allows a no-fault divorce action, and a couple that married hastily and wants to divorce can do so with relatively minor costs.

The attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer can help you negotiate favorable terms that leave you in good shape.

And if you believe that you do meet the tests for an annulment, we can help.

Call us today at 585-377-5504 for a free consultation with an experienced Rochester annulment and divorce attorney.


Can You Represent Me For Post-Divorce Issues In Buffalo?

Yes, we represent clients whose divorce is complete, and are now facing a need to review elements of spousal maintenance, child custody, child support, non-compliance with court orders related to property, and more.

Whether you have lost a job and need to modify payments downward, your former spouse has remarried and you require relief from maintenance payments, or certain property wasn’t exchanged as per the orders of the court, in most instances, only a judge can solve your situation.

The attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer help clients every day as they work to resolve disputes with former spouses, and we can help you make your case in the court and resolve your post-divorce issues.

Call us today at 716-542-5444 for a free consultation with a Buffalo post-divorce issues attorney.

While the court will order both you and your spouse to leave shared assets like credit cards and joint savings and deposit accounts alone, the period after being served with divorce papers can be a fraught one, and your spouse may not make good decisions based on the emotions they’re feeling.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your assets is to prepare a financial picture in advance of filing, including the latest statements for shared accounts, and tax records going back to two years.

Significant changes to account balances will have to be explained to the court, and if your spouse retaliates against you by moving money or spending down accounts, there will be consequences.

The attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer can help you prepare a thorough financial picture that can protect you in your divorce.

Call us today at 716-542-5444 for a free consultation with an experienced Buffalo divorce lawyer.

Yes, many couples reach a point where they need time apart to decide whether their marriage can be saved, but that doesn’t negate their obligations to their children, shared financial ties, and other elements that would be just as applicable in a divorce.

For some, being able to step away from the day-to-day stresses of the relationship give it new life and a new chance.

For others, the separation agreement will later serve as the foundation for a divorce settlement.

How you decide to proceed once you’re legally separated is up to you, but you can count on the attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer to secure you a separation agreement that fits your needs and lays the groundwork for a strong divorce settlement, if you choose to proceed that way.

Call us today at 716-542-5444 to speak to an experienced Buffalo separation and divorce attorney for free.

A divorce judge can’t force you to retain counsel for your divorce, but if your divorce petition is incomplete or significantly unbalanced, the judge doesn’t have to approve the divorce.

You may even have to start the whole process over again, with the expenses that go with it. Ultimately, if the court believes you are wasting its time, you may end up with very costly results.

A good divorce lawyer does cost money, but the investment represents not only getting the best possible divorce settlement you can – which can save you tens of thousands of dollars – but also a savings of your time and energy during a period of your life where you should be able to focus on more important issues.

Call the attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer today at 585-377-5504 for a free consultation to learn how you can have the easiest divorce available.

It is absolutely legal to file for divorce during a pregnancy, and the law makes clear that all parents in Rochester have a financial obligation to support their children.

You should know that if you file for divorce during your pregnancy, you are likely to face an especially confrontational action, and your spouse will almost certainly demand a paternity test to establish whether they have a biological relationship to the child.

If paternity is established, or your spouse otherwise acknowledges paternity, then they will be obligated to provide child support to your child, starting at birth.

By working with experienced Rochester divorce and paternity attorneys, you can ensure that your child is protected and provided for over the long haul.

Call the attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer at 585-377-5504 for a free consultation today.

When a spouse chooses to be uncooperative, your divorce can become much more frustrating than it needs to be.

If your spouse is evading a process server, they may think they can delay the divorce, or even stop it entirely, but that’s not the case.

While evasion can cause annoying delays for a while, eventually the judge will authorize service by other means and your divorce will move forward.

When you work with experienced divorce attorneys, you stand the best chance of having a speedy divorce that leaves you in the best possible position at the end.

Don’t let your spouse delay your divorce unnecessarily. Call the attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer at 716-542-5444 and speak to an experienced Buffalo divorce lawyer for free.

In some cases, temporary maintenance may become permanent maintenance, but in the majority of divorces, maintenance after a divorce will be set for a particular duration.

In very long marriages, those where one spouse has significant health problems, and similar situations, the divorce judge may order permanent maintenance.

For younger couples with considerable earning power ahead of them, courts will rarely be persuaded to create a permanent order for spousal maintenance.

That said, the temporary maintenance schedule that’s applied during the divorce may become the basic payment structure of the final maintenance order, but a lot of things can change during the divorce itself.

Your full financial picture may not be clear at the outset, and your needs may change based on the ultimate disposition of assets and debts.

The attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer can help make sure that you have all the resources you need during and after your divorce in Buffalo.

Call 716-542-5444 for a free consultation today.

When a spouse files for divorce during pregnancy, one of the first steps we take for our clients is to insist that a paternity test be performed.

If you have any reason to suspect the child may not be yours, be very cautious in how you interact with your spouse and how you approach the pregnancy.

Specifically, don’t sign forms that can be used to indicate that you have accepted paternity.

Courts have a vested interest in ensuring that children in Buffalo are supported, and it does happen that men with no biological connection to a child end up paying child support for decades.

Protect yourself. Let the attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer force your spouse to prove paternity.

Call 716-542-5444 for a free consultation today.