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New York Family Law

The Eugene Dougherty approach to family law includes anticipation of future concerns, resolution of current issues, and protection of your children’s educational rights.

Prenuptial agreements

Creating a prenuptial agreement can ease the process of dividing property and assets in the event of a divorce. If properly drafted with Eugene Dougherty, your prenuptial agreement is legally binding in divorce court. However, if you have signed an agreement to waive basic rights, I work to have the agreement modified in your favor. These rights include consideration of:

  • Spousal maintenance (alimony)
  • Child support payments

Postnuptial agreements

If you did not create a prenuptial agreement and you find that your marriage is struggling, you may consider a postnuptial agreement. This is often used to resolve issues in the marriage to avoid the need for divorce. Some of the topics that may be resolved in a postnuptial agreement are:

  • Finances
  • Assets
  • Child rearing
  • Property distribution
  • Overspending

New York law enforces properly written postnuptial agreements.  You will feel more confident if you work with me to make the agreement legally binding.

Domestic abuse

When you are married, you may need legal guidance in dealing with serious problems such as:

  • Neglect
  • Mental or physical abuse
  • Child Protective Services (CPS)
  • Domestic violence against you or your children

New York state law provides immediate remedies for these painful situations, including:

  • Separation agreements
  • Orders of Protection

Education law

Everyone New York resident deserves fair and equal access to the education that they deserve. If your child is being underserved, I file suit against the school district. Some common areas of discrimination in access to educational programs and materials include:

  • Superintendent’s Hearings, School Suspensions
  • IDEA, IEP
  • Terminations from school

Reach out to Eugene Dougherty for family law help

From my many years of practice as a family law attorney, along with my experience as an administrative law judge, I am closely connected to the needs of families in and around Westchester. I look forward to speaking with you. Contact me now.