Experienced Divorce Attorney in Syracuse Protects Spouses’ Interests
New York lawyer provides exceptional client service when a marriage ends
As an established Syracuse firm concentrating entirely on divorce and family law matters, Bombardo Law Office, P.C. offers strong advice and advocacy to Central New Yorkers going through a divorce. With more than 27 years of experience negotiating and litigating every aspect of marital dissolution cases, I have the knowledge needed to protect your interests throughout the legal process. You can rely on me for responsive legal counsel during this important life transition. As you look to make a new start, I work diligently to secure favorable terms relating to alimony, property division, custody and child support.
How the divorce process gets started
Many people have described divorce as one of the great traumas in their lives. Nothing can make the end of a marriage pleasant, but when you understand the process and have a full grasp of your legal options, you can select a path that suits your situation and needs, and maximizes your chances of achieving your legal goals. I make sure that clients understand key aspects of New York’s marriage dissolution process, such as:
- Residency — If you were wed in New York or lived in the state as a married couple, one year of residence is required to file for divorce.
- Grounds — For more than a decade now, New York has allowed no-fault divorces where marital misconduct is not alleged, but the spousal relationship has been irretrievably broken for at least six months. Parties who wish to allege traditional fault grounds, such as adultery or abandonment, can still do so.
- Duration — Most people want to get their divorce over quickly, and if you agree with your soon-to-be ex on all divorce terms, the process might not take much more than a couple months. Serious conflicts over child custody, property division or alimony could lead to months of negotiations, and, potentially, litigation. Once we meet to discuss your case, I can outline your options and give an informed estimate as to how long your marriage dissolution should take.
As an accomplished and highly experienced family law attorney, I can handle complex cases involving high net worth marital estates and situations where special circumstances might apply, such as military divorces.
Contested vs. uncontested divorce process
If you cannot reach a negotiated settlement with your spouse over issues relating to custody, property division, child support and alimony, you must litigate the points on which you disagree in court. This is a potentially time-consuming and expensive proposition. You want to make sure you are represented by an experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney who can protect your rights.
Additional challenges exist when a divorce involves high-profile individuals or a large marital estate. In these cases, the atmosphere can begin to resemble a circus. I am committed to protecting my clients' privacy and pursuing a fair resolution out of the glare of the spotlight. Moreover, my discreet approach to contested divorce allows the process to work without placing undue stress on you or your children.
Couples hoping to dissolve their marriage in the quickest, least expensive and most amicable manner can choose to go through the New York uncontested divorce process. As a family law attorney with more than 27 years of experience, I have negotiated many successful uncontested divorce settlements. Even if you haven’t been able to reach an agreement with your spouse on property distribution, alimony, child custody and child support, my firm will make every effort to guide you and your spouse toward an equitable and comprehensive result so you can move on with your life without facing the time, expense and hassle associated with litigation.
Property division in New York divorce cases
One of the important issues I litigate is how your marital property will be divided. New York is an equitable distribution state which means the court has leeway to decide what is fair when parceling out marital assets. The court has a three-step process for identifying assets, assigning value to them and then distributing them. At each stage, you need an experienced advocate fighting for you. I have experience in the distribution of assets which are difficult to appraise and those where the asset value might be reduced in a distribution, such as real estate, stock portfolios, retirement accounts and family businesses. Whatever the size or scope of your marital estate, I can provide the quality representation required to deliver a fair outcome.
Contact an effective Central New York divorce lawyer for a consultation
Bombardo Law Office, P.C. in Syracuse represents Central New York spouses in divorce proceedings and related matters. Please call 315-800-4002 or contact me online to schedule a meeting to discuss your legal options.