Brooklyn Spousal Support Attorneys
Representing Divorcing Spouses in Kings County
Many divorce lawyers handle spousal maintenance, but few of those attorneys also have extensive knowledge about financial matters. Our founding attorney, Curt Arnel, uses his background and financial knowledge to give clients an edge in spousal maintenance matters. With over 40 years of combined experience, our alimony lawyers in Brooklyn are prepared to help you achieve a positive resolution to your case.
Call us at 718-550-3024 for a free consultation. We represent clients in Manhattan and Queens.
The Advantages of Working with an Attorney
Given his financial background, Attorney Curt Arnel can dig for assets and find clues in financial documents— such as tax returns, loan applications, and insurance applications—that many other divorce lawyers may overlook. For example, if an opposing party is in a cash business, Curt can use his training in accounting and auditing to show that someone is making more money than they admit they are making. This can help you obtain better settlements, more alimony, and more child support.
Curt can also cross-examine CPAs and other expert witnesses very effectively and use forensic accounting and cost of lifestyle analysis to learn more about what assets a spouse may be concealing, which can also come into play during the division of assets. At Arnel Law Firm, we know what to look for and how to interpret what we find. We also know how to work with pension experts, actuaries, and appraisers. In addition, we can help you value your divorce settlement to determine the tax impact.
Determining Spousal Support
In New York, divorce courts look at the pre-separation standard of living as a major factor in determining spousal maintenance. Each person's ability to be self-supporting is also a major factor. The court recognizes that the parent with child custody may be unable to work full-time because of childcare responsibilities and makes decisions accordingly.
Keep in mind that courts do not award spousal maintenance to "punish" or "reward" a spouse. If one spouse is caught cheating, for example, he or she will not necessarily receive less alimony or have to pay more as a result. Divorce is the breakup of an economic partnership as well as an emotional relationship. The court does keep track of the fact that alimony and child support may be coming from the same source and does not want to overtax a person's resources.
To speak with us in a free, no-obligation consultation, call our Brooklyn alimony lawyers.
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