In any matrimonial action commenced on or after September 1, 2009, an automatic restraining law goes into effect, if you are the plaintiff, when you file the matrimonial action, and, if you are the defendant, when you are served with the Summons in a the action. This rule restrains certain specified behaviors at the very outset of a matrimonial action so as to protect against secretion, transfer or dissipation of marital assets during the divorce proceedings. Accordingly, it is imperative, whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant in a matrimonial action, or if you are contemplating starting such an action, that you understand the full force and effect of the automatic restraining laws so you are fully aware of your rights and obligations as well as the protections intended under the law.
Call Jane K. Cristal, P.C. to speak with a Nassau County divorce attorney to learn your rights under the law.