Divorce & Separation
At the law office of Keith B. Schulefand, Esq., in Williamsville, New York, we do not believe that there needs to be a winner or loser in divorce. Legal matters at the end of a marriage are rife with emotion, particularly when children are involved. Attorney Schulefand focuses his effort on helping men and women resolve all the issues present in a divorce so they can move on with their lives.
Easier Said Than Done
We understand this may not be easy, particularly if you have been cheated on or otherwise mistreated. It is hard to set those emotions aside and work toward a beneficial solution when it feels more natural to fight.
Our founder, Keith B. Schulefand, has been handling divorce in the Buffalo area for more than 30 years. He can tell you what you need to hear and help you keep your focus on the future impact of the decisions you make before and during the divorce process.
Helping You Obtain A Divorce Efficiently
It is a common misconception that a couple is automatically divorced after living apart for one year. This is only true if a formal separation agreement is in place and a conversion divorce is sought. In general, we do not recommend this approach; our philosophy is to just get the divorce done with and not drag out a potentially painful process.
As of 2010, the days of needing to cite adultery, abandonment, imprisonment, or cruel and inhuman treatment as grounds for divorce ended. No-fault, more commonly known as “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” can now be cited as the grounds for divorce. In order to obtain a no-fault divorce, a couple must negotiate and agree on all other issues in their divorce, including:
- Child custody — Child custody agreements are often strong points of conflict in a divorce.
- Child support — Support payments cover a child’s insurance, medical needs, education and more.
- Spousal maintenance — Often referred to as alimony, support agreements offer stability after a divorce.
- Property division — All marital property must be divided equitably.
The attorneys at Keith B. Schulefand, Esq., provide you with comprehensive guidance through all of these aspects.
Long after the divorce is final, the property settlement and separation agreement will govern all financial and custody issues. We view our role as making sure you identify what is most important to you, and negotiating an agreement that provides for your needs and allows you to move forward.
Are We The Right Firm For Your Divorce And Separation?
If your goal is to reach a solution that works for you and your children, yes. If you are more interested in fighting in spite of your needs, then we are definitely not the firm for you. When you are ready for a resolution, contact us for a free phone consultation with a lawyer.