Where one spouse is unable to adequately support him or herself without financial assistance from the other, maintenance (formerly known as alimony) may be needed. In New York, the court views this issue in two steps. First, the court addresses interim maintenance, which is paid while the case is pending in court and ends at or before the final divorce judgment is issued. The second step is the final award of maintenance, which sets the amount and duration of maintenance after the divorce is final. In both instances the New York State legislature has provided the court with a formula and guidelines to use to determine the amount and duration of maintenance.
Contact us to discuss how these formulas might effect you if you decide to proceed with a divorce from your spouse.
My divorce, custody and child support litigation changed as the situation changed through the years (eg. Changes in child custody as to who was the custodial parent). In an atmosphere very unfamiliar and intimidating to me, I was so much in need of a stable support who was not only familiar with the court system but who could portray my needs and the multiple factors involved in my case to those making the decisions. Fran has been there for us as this support from the very beginning in 2006, through the years when I needed her legal support even to helping to facilitate a domestic settlement agreement last year. In my experience, it was always an instant relief when I'd see her on arrival to court and with Fran sitting beside me in the processes, I felt confident that I had a skilled advocate.
During my divorce and custody hearings over the last four years, I have worked with multiple attorneys in various states. I initially required the needs of an attorney in NY who would work closely with a jurisdictional attorney from another state, but Ms Cohen was such an outstanding litigator and protagonist, and an extremely skillful communicator that i continued with her throughout the years and have never regretted one moment working with her. She has intelligence, character and grit and will fight like hell for her client. She is a virtuoso in the Richmond Court system where I have witnessed her finesse. She understands the nuances of the court system and the law as well as or better than any attorney I have worked with. She comes highly recommended.
Mrs. Cohen was very professional to work with, while being compassionate as well. She was timely with returning phone calls and/or e-mails. I would recommend Mrs. Cohen to anyone seeking legal counsel in her field.
Francine Cohen is a wonderful attorney. From the initial phone consultation to the completion of my case she was definitely someone I trusted. She is extremely knowledgeable and very professional. She knows her field of law extremely well and keeps abreast with any changes of the law. I trust her completely.so much so that when my daughter needed an attorney there was no question who she would retain. That was Francine Pickett Cohen. I would refer anyone to her.
I feel Francine to be a very patient, understanding and talented individual. Even if she does not agree with what you want to accomplish, she aids you in fulfilling that which you request. Francine has a way of making you feel very comfortable at a trying time in your life.
Ms. Cohen did an excellent job both in communicating risks and benefits in terms of strategies. Her written and verbal arguments were extremely well done and persuasive. She had both tactical and strategic insights that, combined with her communication skills, led to complete success in a situation in which even partial success would have been fortuitous. The strength of her wording, her trenchant arguments and her persuasive briefs were all outstanding.
Francince Pickett Cohen not only gives me the best advice during this difficult time but she is also compassionate. Francine is very professional, knowledgeable and knows her stuff. I feel very confident with her by my side. I would recommend her and this law firm to others.
Francine Pickett Cohen
Francine Pickett Cohen, Esq. has been providing quality legal services exclusively in Family and Matrimonial Law since 1991. Ms. Cohen established her legal practice in Staten Island in 1998, strengthening her ties to the Staten Island community where she grew up.
Olga Zagika has been an associate with The Law Offices of Francine Pickett Cohen, LLC, since 2013, where she specializes in all areas of family law, including divorces, custody, child and spousal support, equitable distribution and adoptions.