New York Divorce Attorney
Effective & Compassionate Advocacy for Clients Statewide
There are few issues more emotional or complex than those encountered at
the end of a couple’s marriage. From negotiating child custody arrangements
to determining the equitable distribution of a couple’s marital
estate, the outcome of a divorce settlement can have a tremendous impact
on the financial and personal futures of all members of a family. For
this reason, if you are approaching a divorce or are already knee-deep
in the process, is crucial you take care to retain the services of a knowledgeable
attorney to ensure your best interests are guarded throughout all stages
of your marital separation.
At The Portela Law Firm, P.C., our New York divorce lawyers understand
the various complexities and emotional turmoil you must be experiencing
and can provide the steadfast support you need to get through this time
of transition as smoothly as possible. Having been providing premier-quality
legal counsel to clients throughout the Empire State for more than 20
years, our team of dedicated advocates can help you sort through all associated
legal issues and carry the burden on your behalf.
Clients have chosen The Portela Law Firm, P.C. for the following reasons:
We want to hear your story. Call (212) 577-9312 today to discuss your case
Skillfully Handling all Divorce-Related Issues
No two couples are the same, therefore no single strategy can be as a universal
solution for all divorce cases. Unlike other firms which push “cookie
cutter” solutions to push their clients through the system as quickly
as possible, our team takes the time to get to know each client to ensure
their goals are honored at all times. You are more than a number, and
we are dedicated to treating you with the respect and compassion you deserve
throughout the duration of your case.
We can guide you through a variety of complex and sensitive matters, including:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Property division
- Spousal support/alimony
No matter if your case is contested or uncontested, we have the resources
and skills to help you understand your legal options and pursue the most
appropriate course of action. While we highly encourage pursuing amicable
solutions through collaboration and mediation between you and your spouse,
we understand that litigation is sometimes necessary to yield a positive
result. If a legal battle should become inevitable, we are ready to stand
by your side and relentlessly protect your interests.
What Are the Grounds for Divorce in New York?
New York is a “mixed state” in that it allows couples to file
for both no-fault and fault-based divorces. Since 2010, couples may file
for a no-fault separation if they declare that their relationship has
broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months, or if they
have lived separate and apart for at least one year. In other cases, a
filing spouse may cite the alleged wrongdoing or “fault” of
the other spouse in order to gain leverage in achieving a favorable settlement.
A fault-based divorce can be obtained for any of the following reasons:
- Cruel and inhuman treatment
- Abandonment for a period of one year or more
- Imprisonment of one spouse for more than three years
In addition to citing a reason for divorce, divorcing spouses must meet
the state’s residency requirements, which are usually met if one
or both spouses have lived in New York for at least one year prior to
filing for divorce. Our attorneys can help you meet these requirements
and determine the most appropriate grounds on which to file.
Let Us Help Simplify Your Divorce
At The Portela Law Firm, P.C., our New York divorce attorneys strongly
believe that not all divorces have to be traumatic an depressing ordeals,
but rather hopeful times of transition from one stage of life to the next.
From handling all paperwork to attending necessary court hearings on your
behalf, our firm can minimize the stress you experience and give you the
strength you need to push forward. With heartfelt support, wise legal
counsel, and an unshakable dedication to preserving your wellbeing, you
can choose us with confidence knowing your case us sure to be in excellent hands.
Fill out an online form today to schedule your confidential case review.