Divorce

DivorceDarren M. Shapiro, Esq. is an experienced and effective matrimonial lawyer that fights hard to protect his client’s interests. Darren will give you straight advice and help you find the most practical and reasonable solutions to meet your goals. He is tenacious and dedicated to his clients. As your advocate, he is always sensitive to when to get aggressive and when a more amicable approach is appropriate. This office has completed numerous divorces for clients located in Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island as well as Queens, New York City and the surrounding areas. Through years of experience and training Mr. Shapiro has developed the tools to help you resolve your case.

Some people know right away how they want to deal with their matrimonial issues, such as to litigate or mediate. Others want a collaborative law approach or want to negotiate a separation agreement or even a pre or post-nuptial agreement outside of court. There are some, too, that know that litigation is the only route that is going to work for them. We can discuss the different procedures available to you to deal with your situation or some of your specific questions during your free initial consultation. No matter what approach you end up going with, this office can help as Darren M. Shapiro, Esq. handles litigation, uncontested matters, mediation and collaborative law.

We know your life is in upheaval right now if you are researching about divorce lawyers. This office wants to get the situation done for you as soon as possible. Let’s make this matter a thing of the past rather than a current problem.

Consultations may be done over the phone or in the office. Couples contemplating mediation, however, are invited to come in for a half hour no fee consultation with their spouse or partner. Feel free to call to discuss or to schedule an appointment.

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While a divorce case is pending, the family court would not have jurisdiction to decide custody or support case that is filed after the divorce case was filed except if the Supreme Court refers the matter. Once the divorce is complete, unless the Supreme Court reserves jurisdiction for future matters, the family court has concurrent jurisdiction with the Supreme Court over future issues involving support or child custody. Married couples that are not living together and co-parenting can file custody and support cases in Family Court as long as a divorce case is not pending. During your initial consultation, we can explore whether it makes sense to pursue your action in Family Court or the Supreme Court.

"No fault" divorce became available in New York at the end of 2010. Either spouse can be granted a divorce if the marriage has been "irretrievably broken" for at least six months. Conversion divorces are still available, which used to be the closest option to no fault, after a husband and wife have been legally separated. Fault based grounds also remain possibilities under the New York Domestic Relations law. Specifically, a divorce can be granted for: cruel and inhuman treatment; abandonment (physical or "constructive") for one or more years; imprisonment (although it must be for three years or longer); and adultery. Maintenance (aka alimony), child custody, child support, child custody, and parenting time (visitation) must be resolved either by agreement or a judge's decision before a divorce can be finalized.

Traditionally, divorces in New York have been resolved by a judge’s decision or settlements in the adversarial litigation process. When there are no unsettled issues, the divorce can proceed as an uncontested matter. This office can represent you under the traditional approach (or an alternative approach) and fights hard to protect the rights of its clients.

Feel free to call to discuss or to schedule an appointment with an experienced and reputable Long Island or New York City divorce lawyer. It would be our pleasure to speak with you about it.

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