Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Don't Forget the Children

Don’t forget about the children.  The divorce process invokes many emotions for both the client and the attorney.  The client is focused on how much the process costs, how long it will take, and how much she can get from her spouse.  Her attorney is focused on aggressively and zealously representing her to ensure she gets everything she is entitled to under the law and more.  These are perfectly legitimate and important focal points.  However, sometimes the client and the attorney focus all of their energy on these issues, and in doing so, fail to weigh the real life impact and consequences these focal points will have on the children of the marriage.

When going through a divorce it is important that the attorney and the client do not make decisions in a vacuum.  It is vitally important to weigh the benefit of the actions taken during the divorce process against the impact it will have on the children.  When a dispute arises over a relatively minor issue, a nominal amount of money, or simply something your client can live without, consider whether it will be worth it to engage in a lengthy and bitter dispute with the spouse.  The children see and hear more than you and your client may realize.  There are situations that call for a dig in your heels approach; however, not every aspect of the divorce process needs to be confrontational.  It is hard to see while you are going through the process, but remember, after the divorce is finalized, it is good for the children to see that their parents can at least be civil with one another.

So, make a list of what you hope to achieve during the divorce process and find an attorney that will zealously fight to make it happen, while keeping in mind your children and their interests – both financially and emotionally.  Get what you deserve under the law and don’t forget the children.

By:  Richard A. Rodriguez, Esq.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Congratulations to our Co-Founder, Richard A. Rodriguez for being named to the 2013 Super Lawyers New York Rising Stars List

PLAINVIEW, N.Y. (September 17, 2013) - We are pleased to announce that our Co-Founder, Richard A. Rodriguez has been selected to the 2013 New York State Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

            Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

            The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

            We are honored to announce this tremendous accomplishment and congratulate Rich on his wonderful achievement.

About Santangelo & Rodriguez, P.C.:

            Santangelo & Rodriguez, P.C. is a professional law firm serving the insurance and business communities as well as the public in a number of practice areas.  Our attorney’s place our clients first, provide them with superb legal services, and offer them creative solutions that lead to the most beneficial result.

            We offer the sophisticated and highly skilled representation expected of a large law firm with the customized, personal service that only a boutique practice can provide. Through the use of the latest technology, our attorneys are able to provide their clients with the resources needed to zealously and cost-effectively represent their interests.

            Our attorneys practice in the areas of insurance coverage, subrogation, matrimonial and family law, business law, and commercial litigation.

            To learn more about what the attorneys at Santangelo & Rodriguez, P.C. can do for you or your organization, please contact us (516) 597-5010 or visit our website at www.s-rlaw.com.