Resources

The following resource links are provided by the Law Firm of A.J. Temsamani, P.C.  for the benefit of individuals and families seeking information regarding divorce, child support and other issues involving New York family law. If you need specific advice regarding a particular legal matter, please contact our office to speak with an able and experienced New York family lawyer.

New York Family Law Legal Resources

The website for the New York State Unified Court System provides information regarding finding courts, legal forms and rules of the court. Click on these links to Nassau County or Suffolk County courts for directions, phone numbers and other general information.

Domestic Relations Laws of New York can be found here, including laws related to Child Custody and Child Support, Divorce and Legal Separation.

The New York State Bar Association has a couple of documents regarding Client Rights and Responsibilities which you may find helpful in understanding the lawyer-client relationship.

The Parenting Education and Awareness Program was developed to improve the quality of court outcomes for children of divorcing or separating parents. The program helps parents learn ways they can reduce the stress of family changes and the negative impact these changes can have on children. Follow this link to a Parent’s Handbook created as part of the program.

The U.S. Department of State through its Bureau of Consular Affairs offers assistance in cases of International Parental Child Abduction, including the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program.

The American Inns of Court has published an excellent article on civility in the practice of law. The Law Firm of A.J. Temsamani strives to uphold the ideals of civility among lawyers, judges and the parties in any divorce or family law conflict.

Child and Spousal Support Resources

Visit the Division of Child Support Enforcement to apply for services or watch videos about what child support hearings are like or what services are offered, and for information regarding making or receiving payments.

The Child Support Standards establish the income levels which are used to determine a monthly child support obligation. View the Child Support Standards Chart and utilize the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet at the end of that document to estimate your child support payments.

The above resources and more can be found on the Child Support Resources page on the New York Courts website.

If you are not receiving your child support payments, the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement can provide you with information and links to various helpful government agencies. The Federal Parent Locator Service is useful if your ex-spouse has left the state or has otherwise become difficult to locate.

To estimate what spousal support may be awarded in your divorce, visit the Temporary Spousal Maintenance Calculator at the New York Courts website.

Marital Property Resources

The court may decide to divide one spouse’s pension or retirement benefit plan as part of the property distribution. In some of these cases, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) may be required to divide an employee benefit plan. You can learn more about QDROs from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Domestic Violence Resources

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has abundant resources, including fact sheets, publications, and links to other important organizations. Their state counterpart is the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. If you need immediate help, call 9-1-1, or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.