Long Island Divorce Lawyer

Long Island Divorce Lawyer, Family Law Attorney and Mediator

Darren M. Shapiro, Esq. provides effective and reasonable solutions for matrimonial and family law issues as a divorce attorney, family lawyer or divorce mediator. His straight talk, approachability, tenacity and years of experience with divorce and family law cases, make this office the right selection for many individuals or couples that have divorce, separation, child custody, child support, orders of protection and other family law needs. Couples contemplating divorce mediation are encouraged to come in for a half hour no fee consultation. Individuals seeking the representation of a Long Island divorce lawyer, please call for a free initial consultation either on the phone or in the office.

Situated in Nassau County, nestled in between Queens and Suffolk, this office services people and cases throughout the Long Island, Queens and other New York City region. The Law and Mediation Office of Darren M. Shapiro has a toolbox of litigation, negotiation, collaborative law and divorce mediation skills to find the approach that fits each individual, family, or couple that he works with. While it is his goal to get people through their process in the best way for them expeditiously, so that they can move on with their lives, when Mr. Shapiro is the lawyer for an individual, he fights hard to represent their interests as the situations require. Mr. Shapiro deals with divorce cases in the New York State Supreme Courts and Family Law cases in Family Court or the Supreme Court.

Divorce Litigation

Mr. Darren M. Shapiro offers professional and compassionate support as a divorce litigator in New York, addressing issues ranging from equitable distribution, to spousal support. The goal of this office is to get you through the process, with results that meet your wishes and needs, as expeditiously as possible. Regardless of what your case may cover, from issues like child support, to separation agreements, Attorney Shapiro can help you to find the legal strategy that's right for you. This ensures that you can move through your litigation or divorce mediation process and take the next step in your life as soon as possible.

To ensure that you find the best strategy for your family law case, Lawyer Shapiro also offers free initial consultation sessions for up to 30 minutes. If an individual has a free initial consultation with Mr. Shapiro and then decides they wish to do divorce mediation, but with a different divorce mediator then Darren can be their review attorney to give legal advice behind the scenes. Couples using mediation are always encouraged to use their own independent review lawyers.

Divorce Mediation in Nassau County and Long Island

As an experienced matrimonial lawyer and divorce mediator, Darren Shapiro strives to provide the people he works with a wide range of options when it comes to addressing their legal needs. As a divorce mediator, Mr. Shapiro is capable of providing an alternative mode of dispute resolution, where partners can come together to discuss their case, and negotiate over effective outcomes. Divorce mediators like Mr. Shapiro can help with child support, child custody, equitable distribution, maintenance, which is also known as alimony, and many other family law issues in mediation.

In many cases, divorce mediation can provide a compelling alternative to the stress of litigation for parties that are willing to negotiate on a settlement or agreement. Mr Shapiro can also provide the opportunity to choose between multiple modes of divorce mediation, including processes that include preliminary planning sessions and divorce mediation by caucus.

Separation

When your marriage doesn’t go entirely according to plan, divorce doesn’t need to be the only route that you consider. Some parties prefer to start by drafting a separation agreement with their partner first. Separation agreements allow parties to spend some time living apart and testing the waters of what a divorce might be like. These documents can also be very useful in helping to speed along the divorce process if a couple then decides to get a divorce. At this juncture the divorce should be uncontested.

With Mr. Shapiro, individuals he is representing as a lawyer or couples he works with as a divorce mediator can determine what their ideal separation would look like from their perspective and come to agreements that can later support their divorce strategy.

Child Custody

When a separating couple has children, child custody, and parenting time, aka visitation have to be resolved. Dealing with child custody cases can be a complex and emotional experience for many parents. Fortunately, Mr. Shapiro offers support in the form of both litigation and mediation for those who need to address the best interests of their children, and themselves.

Mr. Shapiro can offer his clients a variety of ways to come to terms about their child custody arrangements. In some cases, mediation may even help parties to maintain their relationship for the benefit of any children. Darren is an experienced litigator that fights hard to represent the interests of his clients when negotiations are not immediately fruitful. Child custody cases may be dealt with in the Family Court or the New York Supreme Courts during or after a divorce in a post judgment divorce matter. Child custody cases might arise for the first time for parents or when either side wishes to do a child custody modification.

Child Support

When children are involved in a divorce case, the issue of child support becomes a significant issue to be addressed through negotiations, litigations, or process like mediation and collaborative law. Mr. Shapiro can assist his clients in getting the best outcomes for themselves and their children. Child Support can also be dealt with in the Family Court. There are guidelines for child support based on income and number of children. That are reasons that can be argued for deviations from the guideline amount of child support. There is also discretion by the court on how much if any child support there should be for combined parental income above the initial cap. Mr. Shapiro can help you understand the proper factors to be considered in formulating these presentations. Child support too can be dealt with in first time cases or child support modifications. This office deals with child support in both the Family Court and Supreme Court.

Maintenance and Equitable Distribution

With or without children, married couples have to consider whether alimony, which is now called maintenance, will be required and if so how much and for how long. Equitable distribution of marital assets, including retirement benefits, identification of separate property and an allocation of marital debt should be discussed in any pre or post nuptial agreement, separation agreement, judge’s order, or stipulation of settlement of a divorce.

Collaborative Law

In a collaborative law case, he will provide you with the personal legal advice that you need to hear. All the while, in collaborative matters, we will be working with the other lawyer(s), coaches, professionals and parties that are involved to craft a practical solution for you and your children that makes sense and will hopefully withstand the test of time. Collaborative law cases proceed through a series of meetings to work out what is best for the entire family that is transitioning from being married to living apart, and usually divorcing. In this process the couple agrees to resolve their differences by avoiding fighting in court.

Family Law

Divorce Attorney Darren Shapiro can assist with some of the most complex issues of family law, from challenging CPS indicated cases and having those findings overturned to assisting people in pursuing their children's best interests in child support cases. Orders of Protection, also known as Family Offense proceedings, are a major area of law this office handles but are usually not handled in a mediation or collaborative law context because of the behavior that is the subject matter of these cases. Family law cases might be dealt with in either the Family Court or Supreme Court.

Your Local Divorce Attorney and Divorce Mediator

In a convenient location of Nassau County, Long Island Attorney Shapiro is available to support clients in a wide range of legal cases, regardless of their background. Come and discuss your concerns with us and find out whether we can provide the kind of support you're looking for. Attorney Shapiro's compassionate and professional approach to family law has made him the go-to choice for many people for child custody cases, divorce mediation, child support,, and divorce litigation for residents across Long Island and New York. Whether you're located in Long Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, or beyond, we would love to hear from you.

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Testimonials

“Darren was excellent in court and able to negotiate a fair settlement in my Child support case.”

“Hands down, he is the best att'y I have ever dealt with. He is thorough, objective, and above all, extremely dedicated.”

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