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:


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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
  • Adultery

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.

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