New York City
Family Law Attorney

Couples and families must navigate many challenges and milestones over the course of a lifetime. And some of these challenges may require the skill and guidance of an experienced New York City family law attorney

Each family has its own unique set of emotional and financial concerns, especially as they relate to conflicts surrounding a divorce. At The Law Office of Ryan Besinque, we respect the individual experience of all our clients and are dedicated to providing the strongest legal representation during these trying times. We compassionately assist each client with their specific legal, financial, and practical issues so they can face the future with optimism.  To schedule a consultation with Ryan Besinque, call now (929) 251-4477.

What is Family Law?

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Family law is that area of the law that deals with family-related issues and conflicts that occur between couples and their family members, including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and other situations that may arise between a couple. And while having a family lawyer in New York is not always necessary, in most cases, it offers the best option for ensuring that your interests and those of your family are being represented. 

If you are dealing with a family law issue, the experienced New York family lawyers at The Law Office of Ryan Besinque can help you find the best solution in what may seem like the worst of times. We are dedicated to listening to and supporting our clients’ goals and helping them reach sustainable solutions. For a free consultation with attorney Ryan Besinque, please call (929) 251-4477.

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Who is Responsible For Child Support in New York?

In the State of New York, both parents are responsible for the financial support of their child. But many are under the misconception that when custody is shared, neither parent must pay child support to the other. 

When parents share custody, the primary custodial parent will typically receive child support payments from the non-primary custodial parent. When the child spends equal time with both parents, the one who earns more usually pays child support to the lower wage earner. 

But couples can come to agreements outside of these typical scenarios. It is important for divorcing spouses to understand their legal rights and responsibilities before they agree to anything. Once the child support award is in place, there can be serious legal and financial consequences if the father or mother fails in his or her child support responsibilities. 

At The Law Office of Ryan Besinque, our experienced child support attorneys guide our clients each step of the way.  With our help you may be able to better understand what you are legally entitled to, and your responsibilities under the law. If you need legal advice from an experienced child custody lawyer regarding family law case, contact us via phone today at (929) 251-4477.

Our Clients Testimonials
Reanna Hodkiewicz
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I was looking for a lawyer to handle my child support case and didn’t know where I should go. I searched the internet and found Ryan Besinque. I checked his reviews and it seemed like he was a truly wonderful person and an excellent attorney. After comparing him to other lawyers, I decided to pick Ryan to represent me in court. I have been really pleased with my choice. Everyone on his team is experienced and well-informed. If you leave a voice message or send an email, someone gets back to you almost right away. I am completely satisfied with my child support and I highly recommend Ryan Besinque to anyone needing help with their child support case.
Kurtis Collier
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Hiring Ryan Besinque is the best decision I have ever made. He made everything so simple and easy. Even though my case was complicated, he was very clear and concise. His professionalism is top notch! I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a child custody lawyer.
Nikki Lueilwitz
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I hired Ryan Besinque for my divorce mediation not too long ago. Ryan was patient and very knowledgeable with all of my questions. He took the time to make sure I understood my situation. It was a relief to have him handle my case. Ryan and his team were extremely professional and understood and worked with me throughout the process. They responded quickly to my emails and calls, which was proof that they value me as a client. They were very helpful and efficient in resolving my problem. Thanks a lot guys!
Kirstin Crist
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Ryan provided exceptional service and exceeded all my expectations. He was helpful and responsive. I was able to get my child custody case settled in no time thanks to him. Without him, I wouldn't have been able to get through this. I won’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone!
Alexys Schuppe
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Finding the perfect family law attorney for my case was really hard. I searched the internet and stumbled upon Ryan. Ryan Besinque is among the smartest, sharpest, and the most experienced attorneys that I have ever met. He was always one step ahead of the situation. He gave fantastic legal advice and did a great job on my case. I definitely recommend him!
Kaelyn Wiegand
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The Law Office of Ryan Besinque was my first choice when I searched for a divorce lawyer. Ryan and his team are the best! They listened and drafted all the legal documents I required. They kept me up to date with all the steps and deadlines so that my divorce was completed quickly. I would highly recommend this law firm.
Samara Glover
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Attorney Ryan Besinque was a great help during my difficult divorce. He is a highly experienced, seasoned, and no-nonsense attorney. He provided excellent advice and clarity in my divorce proceedings. Ryan, thank you! You are the best divorce lawyer in New York!
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Family Law Practice Areas

Family law encompasses many different areas. The Law Office of Ryan Besinque offers representation for any of your family legal needs, including:

Contested and uncontested divorce in NYC

Visitation and parenting agreements

Custody and support modifications

Division of marital assets and debt

NYC child support

Alimony and spousal support

Sole child custody

Joint child custody

Legal separation

Postnuptial agreements

Domestic violence

Prenuptial agreements

And other matters of family law. If you need skilled legal advice, let us help, call now (929) 251-4477.

Minimizing Conflict, Maximizing Results

A family that is troubled by divorce or other family law crisis is often overwhelmed by emotions and must navigate difficult terrain. 

At The Law Office of Ryan Besinque, we attempt to minimize conflict in any family law matter, but also to maintain a calculated legal approach in everything we do, with a focus on the best interests of the client and in accordance with their long-term goals. While negotiation is our first line of defense, we do not shy away from litigation if it best serves the client and their family’s welfare and safety. To schedule a free consultation with The Law Office of Ryan Besinque, please call (929) 251-4477.

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Divorce

Any divorce in New York will require a couple to resolve certain things before a divorce can be granted. Before a final divorce settlement is granted, the couple must have:

Determined their grounds for divorce

Decided on how their marital property and debts will be divided

Agreed on who pays child support and what amount

Agreed on whether any spousal support is warranted

Decided on who will have legal and physical custody of any minor children and developed a parenting agreement

In the state of New York, there are two types of divorce: contested and uncontested. The type of divorce will be predicated on the ability of a couple to come together to make these important decisions regarding their divorce and their respective futures. 

For those couples who can mutually agree on the terms of their divorce, uncontested divorces are ultimately less expensive and more expeditious options. A NYC uncontested divorce lawyer can help couples work out and negotiate any lingering items, fulfill necessary legal requirements, and file the appropriate legal documents to assist a couple with their uncontested divorce.

Contested divorces are those divorces where a couple cannot agree on many terms and must rely on the court to make these decisions for them. When the court imposes terms on the divorcing couple, each spouse will be required to live by those terms. In a contested divorce, it is critical to have the representation of an experienced NYC family lawyer to represent a spouse’s interests before the court. 

In most cases, divorces are hybrids between a truly uncontested divorce and a contested divorce. While a contested divorce may seem inevitable, a skilled New York family lawyer can often direct negotiations and help spouses come to mutually beneficial terms well before the family court intervenes.

At The Law Office of Ryan Besinque, our skilled attorneys are experienced in all family law matters and work with the best interests of each client in mind. If you need assistance in finalizing your divorce agreements and ensuring that the proper legal procedures are followed, please call us today to schedule a free consultation: (929) 251-4477.

New York Grounds for Divorce and No-Fault Divorce

In New York, a couple must have a reason to divorce, called “grounds” for divorce. Before 2010, divorce was fault-based unless the couple agreed to a legal separation of one year. But now, a couple may divorce based on the ground of the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This is referred to as a no-fault divorce

Before no-fault divorces in New York, unhappy marriages became even more painful and contentious when one partner had to blame the other for the divorce. Now, it is possible for a divorcing couple to claim that the marriage has been irretrievably broken for at least six months, allowing a couple to end the marriage with greater ease and less animosity. 

There are times, however, when a fault-based ground is advantageous to a spouse. Cooperative resolution is not always possible or even advisable. Sometimes, the best approach is an aggressive one. If you are considering a divorce, the experienced New York City family law attorneys at The Law Office of Ryan Besinque would be glad to guide your way through the process that is best for your unique situation. To schedule a free consultation, please call (929) 251-4477.

Child custody is often one of the most contentious issues in a divorce. Custody has multiple variations, and many factors will be considered by the court, such as:

  • Each parent’s bond with the child
  • Who has been the primary caretaker
  • The stability of the family home
  • Parents’ willingness to cooperate
  • Work schedules
  • Who may be better able to provide consistent care
  • If there has been a history of domestic or substance abuse

We always believe that parents should have critical input and strive to work together to come to mutually beneficial child custody terms. Once the court intervenes, they have one priority in mind: the best interests of the child. This may or may not be to the parents’ convenience. While the court will try to be as fair and equitable as possible, a judge will never approve any custody agreement unless they believe it is in the best interests of the child. This is when an experienced NYC family law attorney’s guidance is critical.

At The Law Office of Ryan Besinque, we have years of experience negotiating child custody terms and assisting clients to come to agreements that suit both their needs and that of their children. Once a judge intervenes, it is even more critical to have a skilled legal representative in your corner to make your case in court. If you would like to schedule a free consultation to review your case, call us today at (929) 251-4477.

In New York, both parents must financially contribute to the support of their children, even after they are no longer married. The premise behind child support is that children have access to the same financial resources they would have had if the parents had remained married. 

When a couple divorces or separates, child support sets out how each spouse will contribute to the financial support of their child. While it is typical for a primary custodial parent to receive child support from the other parent, this is not always the case. 

In New York, basic standards and calculations are used across all income levels to ensure consistency and fairness when making child support awards. Basic child support pays for day to day essentials for food, shelter, and clothing. In addition to basic child support, there are “add-ons” that are considered such as education and medical expenses, health insurance and other expenses. Many sources of income will be considered, as well as many types of expenses. Once child support is awarded by the court, it is more difficult to change, and failure to pay can have financial and legal consequences. 

It is part of the family lawyer’s job to help guide clients toward understanding their responsibilities, collecting correct income figures, establishing all potential expenses and deductions, and helping guide parties toward a resolution. If this is not possible, a New York family lawyer will represent the spouse’s interests in court. 

The experienced NYC family law attorneys at The Law Office of Ryan Besinque assist and guide our clients toward understanding their legal rights or obligations as it relates to child support. If you need help with a case involving child support, child custody, or any matter of family law, call us now at (929) 251-4477.

Depending on unique aspects of a marriage, alimony or spousal support may be considered by the court. Spousal support can be either temporary or permanent, based on many factors, including:

  • The income of each spouse
  • Future earning potential of each
  • If one spouse may require additional training to become self-supporting
  • How long the marriage lasted
  • The age and health of each spouse
  • How each contributed to the marriage
  • If one spouse is required to care for someone at home
  • As consideration in an unbalanced distribution of marital property
  • Any wasteful spending by one spouse
  • Any domestic violence in the household

Every divorce is different, and the court may make other considerations when awarding one party spousal support. If you are considering divorce and will need spousal support to go forward, your New York family law lawyer can help prove your need to the court.

Domestic Violence

Divorces involving domestic violence can be extremely dangerous, particularly when navigating a divorce. Not only does domestic violence affect the emotional and physical welfare of the abused party and their children, but it also has a detrimental legal effect for the accused on everything from child custody and visitation to equitable distribution of assets in New York. These situations demand a high level of experience to ensure the safety of all involved as well as protecting the rights of anyone who has been wrongfully accused of domestic violence.

If you are a victim of domestic violence in your marriage, you should get to a safe place immediately and contact an experienced domestic violence lawyer to help protect your safety and legal rights. At The Law Office of Ryan Besinque, our skilled New York City family law attorneys specialize in divorces involving domestic abuse and violence and advocate aggressively for our clients’ welfare and rights.

In New York, our laws provide for the equitable distribution of all marital assets. Marital assets are those acquired during the time the couple was married. These can include:

  • The marital home
  • Any other properties acquired during the marriage
  • Jointly held businesses
  • Vehicles
  • Retirement accounts
  • Stocks, bonds, IRAs and other investments
  • Artwork
  • Jewelry

In today’s world, many couples come into a marriage with their own assets and these separate assets are not subject to equitable distribution. But some separate assets may convert to marital assets after the marriage. Your New York family law attorney can help you understand the nuances of marital assets and debt as it relates to equitable distribution. 

At The Law Office of Ryan Besingque, our team of experienced New York family law attorneys ensures that comprehensive valuations are made to determine the actual value of marital assets to ensure our clients get fair distribution for their estate. If an agreement can’t be negotiated between spouses, we aggressively advocate for our clients in court. If you need legal assistance for family law matters, contact us today at (929) 251-4477.

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Why Having a Skilled NYC Family Court Lawyer is Critical

When you are navigating difficult family-related issues, having skilled legal representation can make a huge difference in the outcome of your divorce or other challenge, from negotiating terms to advocating before a court of law. You deserve a lawyer who makes you a top priority.

At The Law Office of Ryan Besinque, you can rely on mr. Besinque and our experienced team of NYC family lawyers for compassionate yet aggressive representation both in and out of court. Your best interests and that of your family are what we are dedicated to. Contact us through our website or call us at (929) 251-4477 for a free, confidential consultation.