Protecting Your Best Interests During Divorce

No one gets married intending to divorce. But personal relationships unwind, break down and sometimes need to dissolve. Of course emotions will drive this process, and emotions make for poor decision-making. The best family lawyers recognize your emotional commitments, compartmentalize them, and offer you options designed to insure your survival: physically, emotionally and financially.

Working Closely with Each Client

Scott Krasny has handled divorce and custody cases of every stripe for over a third of a century. He has developed a reputation for pragmatic solutions, no-nonsense negotiations and a willingness to do what it takes to protect the interests of his clients. Mr. Krasny has handled complex property divisions, untangled family interests in closely held companies, and prevented opposing counsel or their clients from driving up the cost of litigation for no apparent reason.

Mr. Krasny has a well-developed reputation for keeping calm in the eye of the storm. In family law,emotions often run high and tempers flare. The reasons are all too familiar: It's not just business; it's personal. Often times the key to a successful outcome is to take a business-like approach while remaining acutely aware of the emotional investment. In other words, the legal issues require pragmatism and the personal issues require communication. While this might mean taking more time to explain your circumstances to you, you'll be fully informed as to how the process works, how your goals will be viewed by a court and what you can expect.

Alimony, Child Support And Equitable Distribution Of Property

A website is not the place to ruminate about the legalities of child custody. If you are fighting over your children, you need serious help on multiple levels. More importantly, your children need support, guidance and unconditional love from their parents, something attorneys are ill equipped to provide.

But a survival guide to any divorce should recognize the three avenues of sustaining financial stability in what becomes two households moving forward.

  • Alimony represents payment from one spouse to another, at first on a temporary basis, later on an extended or perhaps permanent schedule, in an effort to recognize that one spouse has given up career aspirations or employment opportunities to rear children or support the other spouse's career.
  • Child support is a stream of payments independent of alimony, typically fixed by state-mandated formula ("child support guidelines"), and designed to equalize the costs of raising minor children in one house or another.
  • Equitable distribution refers to the division of existing assets (homes, pensions, cars, etc.) and liabilities (mortgages, credit card debt, consumer loans, etc.) between divorcing partners that strives for fairness and recognizes disparate earning capacity.

All financial arrangements should be reduced to a document representing a snapshot of the marital estate at the time of divorce, called either a Property Settlement Agreement (PSA) or Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA). Of course, the devil is in the details, which is where we come in.

Contact Furlong and Krasny at your convenience to discuss your matter directly with Mr. Krasny. From our office in West Trenton, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout the state.