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Although you may find that you encounter many problems in life that you can handle yourself, sometimes, you may face a matrimonial or family law issue that requires you to seek extra help. When you're dealing with a complex situation involving the legal system - it's worth remembering that the different nuances of the law are complicated and capable of escalating quickly. In other words - not having the right lawyer or mediator could cost you more than you might think, in terms of assistance, crucial knowledge, resolutions or even positive results.

With his professional guidance and attentive personal care, Mr. Shapiro can lead you through the labyrinth of complications associated with court, and help you to strive for the outcome most preferable to your best interests. Since his original admittance into law, Mr. Shapiro worked as an associate throughout various offices, before finally opening his own office on Long Island, first in Suffolk County then at his current location in Nassau County. In 2004, he started his focus on family and matrimonial law, doing his best to assist his clients through the emotionally trying aspects of a complex legal sphere. With Mr. Shapiro, you get the knowledge and skill required to navigate everything from divorce and equitable distribution, to appeals and adoptions, paternity and child support, and even orders of protection.

Separation and Divorce

Relationships come and go throughout everyone's lives in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Each couple is different, yet many can face the same issues that lead to difficulty in their marriage, or need for space away from one another. Sometimes, no matter what you do to try and save a relationship, it simply begins to dissolve, and you're left looking into solutions like divorce and separation.

Darren Shapiro has led numerous couples through the difficult aspects of separation and divorce, helping them to come to terms with the process through litigation, mediation, settlement negotiations, or collaborative law. Some of the additional issues that often need to be addressed when divorce and separation cases arise include matters such as child support, child custody, equitable distribution, and maintenance (fka alimony). Mr. Darren Shapiro can provide legal guidance for all of these circumstances, including matters such as:

Separation
Binding Separation Agreements from Mediation

Divorce

Equitable Distribution

Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Post-Nuptial, Separation Agreements and Stipulations

Family Court Overview
Serving Processes in Family Court Cases

Paternity, Support, Child Custody and Visitation (Parenting Time)

Family law issues that include considerations such as child custody, support, parenting time (visitation), and other matters involving children, are never easy. The truth is that they often lead to some disturbance between parties, and can require a great deal of sensitivity to handle correctly. It's important to be aware of the laws in New York regarding child custody, and know all of the matters you will need to cover when a matter such as this approaches the court. Most often, it's worth noting that decisions regarding your child will be made according to the legal definition of what is in their "best interests".

Whether you're managing an issue of paternity, coming to terms with the details of child support, applying for orders of protection, or simply addressing custody and visitation rights (parenting time), Mr. Shapiro can assist you in various aspects of family law associated with the consideration of children and their "best interests".

Child Custody and Visitation

Child Support

Orders of Protection

Mediation and Collaborative Law

Most of the time, when people think about dealing with legal issues, they picture a court situation where fierce litigation takes place. Although litigation is certainly a path that Mr. Shapiro can take if the circumstances call for it, it's worth noting that he also offers other methods of dealing with complications in family law. For instance, sometimes, it can be easier for family matters to go through mediation - particularly when there is some semblance of a good relationship, or hope of peace in the future, left over that parties want to maintain going forward. On the other hand, certain clients may choose to explore the route of collaborative law – a team method or resolution to family law matters.

Mediation

Collaborative Law

Other Matters In Family Law

Mr. Darren M. Shapiro Esq. was admitted to practice law in 1999, and since then he has been honing his skills throughout various legal spheres as a collaborative law attorney, keen family lawyer, professional mediator, and passionate litigator. Over a period of more than fifteen years, Darren Shapiro has worked on a wide variety of different cases across Long Island and New York City - however, today the majority of his cases come from Nassau County, allowing him to garner a deep familiarity with the systems and practices of both the Supreme and Family Courts. Some of the other matters that he has experience in dealing with through family law include:

Adoption
Private Placement Adoption
Annulments and Custody, Support, Maintenance & Equitable Distribution
Appeals
Grandparent Rights and Guardianship

Juvenile Delinquency
Name Changes
Transgender name changes
Neglect and Abuse

Practice Highlights
Same Sex Relationships
Same Sex Couples and Child Custody

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