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Poughkeepsie Divorce Lawyer

A Broader Perspective.

works closely with clients to understand and resolve their issues, taking the time to listen to and understand each client's unique situation, and explain the available options.

If you or your spouse are considering divorce call today.

Poughkeepsie Divorce Lawyer

Residency Requirements and Grounds for Divorce

To file for a divorce in New York:

In order to get a divorce in New York, you must prove:

Dividing the Property

In New York, assets and debts acquired during your marriage - called "marital property" - will be divided "equitably" when you divorce.

But not all property is considered "marital property":

In dividing the parties "equitably," judges will consider:

It's important to collect all the information you can about all your property, including when you purchased it, approximately how much it is worth, and details such as account numbers, serial numbers and so forth. Collecting this information before you see a New York divorce lawyer can save you a lot of time and money.


A court can order alimony- called "maintenance - in New York. A court will generally consider such factors as:

A court can order temporary maintenance while the divorce is pending. Most maintenance is ordered for a specific length of time.

Heather L. Kitchen

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Real Estate
  • Criminal Law
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Mediation

Admitted: 1989, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Law School: University of Houston, J.D.

Member: New York State Bar Association; Dutchess County and New York State Magistrates Association

Biography: Member, National Criminal Honor Society. Assistant, County Attorney, Dutchess County New York. Town Justice, Town of Wappinger, 2001

Born: Huntington, Indiana

We have proudly served clients in Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster Counties.