Practice Areas

Mark Chauvin Bezinque provides legal services regarding wills, marriages, real estate, child custody, child support, spousal support, and other family needs. In addition to collaborative divorce law, Mark Chauvin Bezinque supports his clients with legal services in a wide range of personal and family issues.
 

Divorce

When a marriage is coming to an end, there seem to be an overwhelming number of decisions to be made. Who gets the antique mirror that was a family gift last Christmas? How will the retirement account be divided? The furniture? What about the cars? How do you divvy up the accumulated belongings of years of marriage? An even trickier issue can be dealing with accumulated debt through credit cards and other loans.

Mark Chauvin Bezinque has years of experience in helping couples navigate the emotional, sometimes turbulent divorce process as fairly and effectively as possible. He is organized and caring yet firm, helping both parties stay focused on the important things and prioritize their needs and those of their children.
 
“I wanted a person that was willing to be sensitive to my situation yet a little forward when he needed to be. I needed someone to look out for my best interests but also be concerned about my ex-wife. Mark was gentle and caring yet demanding when required.

“My requirements were to have an attorney who would be direct, stern and work in my best interest at all times without being cruel. Mark filled all these needs. Mark also spent time understanding what I wanted out of the divorce and consistently asked about my well being. Mark was always very punctual. He thoroughly explained the process in layman’s terms on our first meeting and what I should expect in the process.

“Mark is an excellent listener and responds well to questions. He consistently spoke as to the best interests of both parties and the well-being of the children. Mark also has a great sense of humor and disposition, which is very helpful in a difficult divorce process. I would certainly recommend him to others.”
—Collaborative Divorce Client

Decisions Affecting the Children

Courts will decide issues of custody and visitation of children in case parents are unable to agree. Child custody is decision-making authority, and visitation is where the children will reside from day to day.

Mr. Bezinque has extensive experience litigating these matters before Supreme and Family Court judges and referees and helping his clients negotiate agreements both in and out of court. He helps identify what is most important to his clients when it comes to how decisions will be made about the children and where the children will reside. Then he helps his clients achieve their goals.
 

Child Support

New York has the Child Support Standards Act. Since it went into effect in 1989, significant court decisions have explained how it is applied in different circumstances. Mr. Bezinque has participated in many litigated cases about child support, and he has helped his clients achieve an acceptable level of support both within and outside of the court system.
 

Spousal Maintenance

Formerly called alimony, spousal maintenance or support is a payment from one spouse to the other. There are several factors that a court uses to determine maintenance. Mr. Bezinque assists his clients achieve the best possible cash flow arrangement.
 

Equitable Distribution

When a couple divorces, the marital assets and liabilities need to be identified, valued and then divided equitably. Each stage of the process has particular demands. Mr. Bezinque’s experience allows him to evaluate each step along the way, helping his clients understand what’s involved and obtain their goals.
 

Residential Real Estate Contracts and Closings

Mark Chauvin Bezinque helps clients with all aspects of purchasing and selling a home. Buying and selling a home involves many issues beyond the coming to agreement on a selling price and a move-in date.

Mr. Bezinque helps ensure that his clients take the necessary steps to protect their investment. This may include such items as escrowed deposits, home inspections by licensed professionals, and walk-throughs before closing to ensure all agreed-upon work has been satisfactorily completed.

His attention to detail and efficiency can ease the purchase or sale of your home.


 

Wills, Health Proxies, Powers of Attorney

Mark Chauvin Bezinque helps clients create the wills, powers of attorney and other family-related paperwork that creates peace of mind for you and your family. In today's world, peace of mind can be hard to come by without taking the necessary steps to create and maintain a will and other end-of-life considerations. Even a family with a modest collection of property and financial resources can significantly benefit from the clarity a will establishes regarding the wishes of a parent. Many a family disruption has been caused over disagreement of who should receive a family belonging of high sentimental value. Mr. Bezinque will help you and your family navigate through the issues, property, and issues to create the right will for you.

Even before death, today's financial and elder care laws can make it difficult to properly take care of an aging or infirm relative. Most hospitals will substantially limit with whom they will share health information about a patient without a health proxy signed in advance. A power of attorney document gives the designee the ability to handle as wide or narrow a range of personal and financial issues desired.

Mr. Bezinque can help an individual or entire family organize their wishes into the right legal documents, giving them peace of mind knowing the right things will be done when they no longer have the ability to make those decisions.
 
Contact Mark Chauvin Bezinque today
to discuss your individual or family legal needs.
 
Mark Chauvin Bezinque, Esq. is a Collaborative Law divorce attorney who focuses on separation, divorce, child custody, spousal and child support, prenuptial agreements, wills, real estate closings and other matters affecting families. As a Collaborative Law divorce lawyer, he helps clients simplify the confusion of the divorce process and enables them to prioritize their needs and those of their children. He serves the greater Rochester NY region.