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Experienced Divorce & Family Law Attorney

Experienced Family Law
Attorney in Syracuse, NY

I Will Be A Caring
Attorney Who Is Always By Your Side

Bombardo Law Office, P.C. is a full-service family law firm in Syracuse, New York. With more than 20 years of experience, my practice focuses exclusively on divorce and family law matters.

I am a Seasoned Syracuse Divorce
Lawyer That Will Always Returns Your Calls

Exceptional client service is my top priority. Having practiced law for more than 20 years, I understand what annoys clients about dealing with other attorneys, and I take affirmative steps to eliminate those problems in my practice. As a client, you receive my personal cell phone number. No matter where I am, you can always reach me. If I cannot take your call when it comes in, I will return the call as soon as possible.


Syracuse Family Law Attorney Richard Bombardo

Trust in my Proven Skills as a
Divorce Lawyer in Syracuse, NY

Valuable legal guidance comes from working closely with an experienced Syracuse divorce lawyer. Tell me about your divorce or family law concerns in a free consultation so I can help you achieve your objectives. Call me at 315.488.5544 or online for a telephone or in-office consultation Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can also arrange after hours or weekend consultations by appointment. Clients who qualify can take advantage of our flexible payment options.

I Give Personal Attention to Each
Client's CASE

When you retain me, you can have confidence that I am the only one handling your case. You deal directly with me at all times — not with an intermediary or junior staff member. I personally attend to each case, ensuring that you receive the highest quality legal services, as you expect and deserve when you hire me. I keep my clients informed at every stage of the legal process. I consult with you about your case on a continuous basis, working with you to reach your goals and obtain your desired results from the beginning of your matter to the very end.

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How Can We Help?

I am happy to provide answers to common
legal questions you may have about divorce
& family law.

Child Support

Until what age is child support required to be paid?

Until the child reaches the age of 21.


How is property divided in a divorce?

The court divides property according to "equitable distribution."  This can only occur if the parties are actually granted a divorce; it cannot be done in a legal separation.  Property is divided into two categories: marital and separate property, which are treated differently. Both real and personal property are divided.  Personal property is divided by agreement of the parties and not of the court. Significant personal property, such as retirement, pensions, 401(k)s, and assets of significant value are addressed by the court.

Child Support

How is child support calculated?

In most cases child support is calculated using the guidelines set forth in New York's Child Support Standards Act. Support is calculated by taking a percentage of the combined income of both parents based on the number of children.  The computation is based on the income of both parents — whether married or unmarried — if both are working.  More information on child support in New York State can be found at the following links:


Does New York State allow a divorce for irreconcilable differences?

Yes.  On August 15, 2010, Governor David Paterson signed no-fault divorce into law in New York. The law went into effect in October 2010, making New York the last state in the country to adopt a no-fault divorce policy. Until 2010, New York recognized divorces only upon fault-based criteria.  As part of this new law, "irreconcilable differences" can now serve as grounds for divorce. It is necessary to state that the marriage has been irretrievably broken for a period of greater than six months, but there is no need to assign blame to either party.



Can I get legally separated if I don’t want to get a divorce at this time or I am unsure?

Yes, you may file for legal separation.  A legal separation does not dissolve the marriage, but seeks to establish a judgment of separation which may address issues such as child custody, child support and maintenance. Unlike a divorce action the parties remain married, and the court may not distribute marital property.

Child Custody

What does child custody consist of?

There are two types of custody — physical custody and legal custody.  Physical custody determines who the child actually lives with and where the child goes to school. Physical custody is usually granted to one parent.  The parent with physical custody is called the custodial parent.  Legal custody refers to decision-making authority, including the authority to make religious, educational and medical decisions affecting the child.  In most cases, legal custody is shared.


Can I obtain alimony in New York State if I am married?

Yes, although it is known as "maintenance" rather than alimony.  The maintenance is usually of limited duration to allow the recipient spouse to become self-supporting. In long-term marriages the court has the authority to award maintenance until the death or remarriage of the recipient spouse in limited circumstances.

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