In January 1999, Daren M. Shapiro, Esq. began practicing law upon being admitted to the New York State Bar. He began his family law practice, when he started his own firm, as a Suffolk County Family Law Attorney. Mr. Shapiro is a Suffolk County resident. As a resident of Suffolk County, he enjoys the convenient location and the familiarity of handling cases in the Suffolk County Courts. He has handled more Suffolk County cases than any other location.
The Law Office of Darren M. Shapiro, is conveniently located in Nassau County at 99 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 300-K, Jericho, New York 11753. Take Exit 40 off the Long Island Expressway or we are moments away from Exit 34 of the Northern State Parkway. This office handles Suffolk County divorces, collaborative law and family law mediations in our spacious conference room.
This firm represents clients with matrimonial cases in the Suffolk County Supreme Court. In the Supreme Court divorces, post-judgment divorce cases, annulments and legal separations are all handled. The Suffolk County Supreme Court has two locations, one at 235 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, New York 11901 and the other at 400 Carleton Avenue Central Islip, New York 11772. There are also two Family Court locations in Suffolk County. The first one is located at the Cohalan Court Complex at 400 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, New York 11772. It is located in the same building as the Supreme Court and District Court. The second Family Court is located at 889 E. Main Street #308, Riverhead, NY 11901. There are Judicial Hearing Officers, Special Referees, and Supreme Court Justices that preside over cases in the Suffolk County Supreme Court. Support Magistrates, Family Court Judges, and Referees hear cases in the Family Court. Whether cases are heard in Central Islip or Riverhead usually is based on the parties’ geographical location.
Darren M. Shapiro, Esq. has practiced in Suffolk County and Long Island in the areas of matrimonial and family law for many years. He provides diligent representation at a reasonable rate for family law and divorce cases as an attorney or mediator. Darren Shapiro’s honest advice, friendliness, keenness and dedication to his practice make the Law and Mediation Office of Darren M. Shapiro, P.C. the right choice for many. We provide effective assistance for legal separations, divorce, child support, child custody cases, parenting time disputes, order of protection and other family law issues.
The Suffolk County Family Court handles cases involving children and families. The Suffolk County Supreme Court handles divorce, separation and annulments. Cases that can be heard at the Suffolk County Family Court include: child custody and parenting time (visitation); child support; spousal support; paternity; orders or protection (family offenses); guardianship; adoption; juvenile delinquency; neglect, abuse, termination of parental rights, foster care placement; enforcement; and modifications. Suffolk County Family Court does have the power to handle post-divorce proceedings concerning child support, custody and visitation as long as jurisdiction was not reserved in the Supreme Court in the divorce papers.
We handle cases all around the Long Island and New York City area, and are familiar with most of the practices and courtrooms in both the Suffolk County Supreme Court and Family Court. In most cases, after a divorce has been issued, the Supreme Court or the Family Court would have concurrent jurisdiction to deal with future matters involving child custody, parenting time, maintenance and child support. In a matrimonial matter the venue choice can be made by the initiating party. Usually the initiating party will choose a county that one of the parties resides in. However, in matrimonial proceedings, a county that neither party resides can be selected for various reasons such as a faster turnaround time for filing to Judgment. So long as the venue is not disputed, the case can proceed in the desired county designated by the Plaintiff.
Darren M. Shapiro helps to try to resolve your case in the best and quickest way possible. Our office can discuss the different choices of courts, types of proceedings, venues and the advantages or disadvantages of the different routes available. Mr. Shapiro is a trained and certified mediator, trained and certified collaborative divorce attorney and litigator. He has the ability and tools to assist you in your case no matter what process is selected. Our office fights to protect your interest and we remain ever vigilant for the opportunity to settle cases in the best way possible.
Call for a free initial consultation with an experienced Suffolk County Mediator, Divorce and Collaborative Law Attorney. Couples looking for a mediator are invited to come together for a half hour free consultation. For individuals who need or are seeking the advice of an attorney, please call for your free in office or phone consultation. It would be our pleasure to speak with you about the case. We look forward to hearing from you.