Natalia Gourari studied at the Moscow Institute of Foreign Relations Law School. After migrating to the United States she attended NYU and later entered the Cordozo Law School where she graduated with honors. In 2003 she opened her own firm specializing in matrimonial law.
She currently dedicates her energies to helping women navigate through the complicated maze of family and divorce law.
Natalia Gourari, Esq., trained and experienced in Collaborative Practice.
While Collaborative Practice is one tool in the arsenal of lawyers practicing Family Law, it is not a perfect solution for everyone. There may be less expensive solutions where needed, and some couples are not good candidates for the process.
For more information about Collaborative Practice, please schedule an appointment with Natalia Gourari, to see if it is right for your situation.
Much law involves the preparation of documents and providing legal advice, where the courts are not involved unless there is later a dispute regarding the documents or advice.
Litigation is the process by which matters are resolved through the courts.
Some attorneys never go to court, either because of their area of specialization or because they just don’t like the procedures, deadlines, uncertainty, or animosity. Therefore, it is important that in retaining an attorney, you inquire about that attorney’s litigation experience.
Almost all Family Law matters go through that process, ultimately ending in an order signed by a judge or a settlement agreement. Even where the parties are in agreement, the matters often have to go through the courts to be approved by Judges. Family Law (including divorce, custody, support, etc.) is a creation of statutes, and the courts are the place that resolve disputes.
What happens in courtrooms and appellate courts, however, should impact the advice they give and the documents they prepare. When you hire a lawyer to handle your family law matter, hoping for a quick, painless result and assuming the other party wants the same, you may overlook the fact that the case may ultimately end up in a court room, simply because you two don’t agree on important terms.
While it is important that you consider all means of resolving your dispute without court intervention, it is important to remember that you may need an experienced litigation attorney to finish the case. In addition, only through litigation does an attorney have the experience to tell you what judges do when faced with certain types of problems.
Each attorney on this site has several decades of court room experience, just in case the worst happens.
Spousal support is designed to assist a party in maintaining the marital standard of living or to get on his feet.
Temporary designed to maintain the status quo until the property is divided. Long term support is designed to last longer and takes into account many different factors.
The goal is that each party make reasonable efforts to become self-supporting. This is a very flexible standard, dependent on many factors, not the least of which is the opinion of the judge assigned to your case. In deciding whether a party has used those efforts, the court can consider evidence of his or her earning capacity, and order support accordingly. What income is available to the parties is an important factor as well.
Spousal support is a phrase for what many other states call "alimony." Changing names to “maintenance” has no effect.
One unfortunate aspect of Family Law practice is dealing with cases involving the custody of children.
In theory, the courts try to determine what is best for the children coming before them. "The best interest of the child" is a standard by which most child related matters are supposed to be measured. Litigants often make arguments couched in terms of the "best interest", but are really what is best for each litigant. Because the consequences of the decisions are so great, these are particularly difficult case.
Orders break down between legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is the power to make major decisions for children [medical and schooling]. Physical custody is where the child lives. Either can be joint or shared, or sole custody. Sometimes the labels matter, often not.