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The role a prenuptial agreement may play in a New York divorce

Not every couple that chooses to get married will elect to draft and execute a prenuptial agreement before formalizing the relationship between the partners in marriage. Those that do, though, create contracts that can dictate how certain financial and property-based decisions will be handled in the event that the marriages end in divorce. Because of this, individuals who entered into prenuptial agreements with their spouses may not be able to change the decisions that they made in the past regarding certain divorce-related topics.

Student loans are a common cause of divorce

The cost of obtaining a college degree in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years. Although some New York students may be able to keep their educational costs in check by electing to attend one of the state's excellent public universities, others may choose to follow their hearts to the private schools and out-of-state institutions of their dreams. In the end, students may leave their college years with more than just new degrees: they may also have acquired significant student loans.

A divorce based on fault may require information and proof

Disagreements often form the backbone of many New York divorces. When the parties to a legal relationship cannot work out their differences and cannot foresee a future where they will be able to live together, they may decide to end their marriage through the courts. Couples that divorce in New York may elect to use the state's no fault option, which generally asserts that their marriages are broken and cannot be fixed; they may also use one of the recognized fault-based options to bring their marriages to their end.

The road to a divorce doesn't have to be traveled alone

Deciding to pursue a divorce is often a difficult decision for New York residents. Most people have a plan and it gives them comfort-they know what they want to achieve and how to go about achieving it. The decision to divorce often throws a curveball into the situation and also leaves people confused-what are they supposed to do next and how does one achieve a divorce?

When is the best time to talk about divorce?

According to some experts, couples are at their most optimistic and affectionate with one another right after they get engaged. It seems natural -- an engagement signals the beginning of something new, a journey a New York couple is undertaking together. It might seem counter-intuitive to discuss divorce at this time of celebration, but some experts suggest this could be the best time to discuss it.

What is an uncontested divorce?

Not every divorce has to be acrimonious. It is possible that a couple amicably agrees to end their association with one another and as a result, there are no disagreements as to major divorce issues, such as child custody and alimony. New York residents may have heard of the term 'uncontested divorce' used in this regard.

You don't have to go through your divorce alone

When individuals get married and begin investing emotionally and financially in their future with their spouse, they typically expect that their marriage will last forever. However, it is an unfortunate reality of life that circumstances change and people grow apart, oftentimes resulting marriage dissolution. For many, this is the first time they have to go through something emotionally devastating and unsettling. With their future in flux, many New York residents may not know what steps to take once a marriage sours. Additionally, these individuals may find themselves overwhelmed, as this may be the first time they are getting exposed to the complicated laws surrounding divorce and related issues, such as property division and alimony.

Can social media be used as evidence in divorce cases?

Taking a picture or posting a status update on a social media website could be one of the worst decisions a divorcing couple could make and one which has the potential to completely change the outcome of the divorce. Many New York residents do not realize that information shared on social media can be used as evidence by and against parties in all issues such as child custody, support, alimony and property division.

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