Penfield, New York Divorce Lawyers

Julie Vaughn Mersereau
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New York Divorce Attorney with 34 years experience

JULIE V. MERSEREAU, ESQ. focuses her practice on Collaborative Family Law and Divorce Mediation. MEDIATION provides assistance to couples as they negotiate towards the resolution of divorce, separation, reconciliation,... Read More »
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Jeannie D. Michalski Esq.
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Exceptional Representation in Criminal Defense & Family Law Matters! Call Now!

For over 15 years, I have been dedicated to aggressive advocacy in all areas of family or criminal law matters. I will fight for your rights and interests! Visit my website for more information, call for a consultation. Read More »
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Auburn, NY Divorce Lawyer with 24 years experience
(315) 253-0326 110 Genesee St
Auburn, NY 13021
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
Steven Gabin Wiseman
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Lockport, NY Divorce Lawyer with 43 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Divorce, Appeals and Family
Georgetown University Law Center
40 years experience, the last 25 of which have been devoted exclusively to matrimonial and family law, including appeals, division of retirement plans, and high net worth matrimonial matters. I have been a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs for local and NYS Bar Association programs as well as for judges.
Kevin Scott Mahoney
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Lockport, NY Divorce Lawyer with 23 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Divorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Kevin Mahoney received his B.A., Ed.M and J.D. all from the State University of New York at Buffalo. As a member of HoganWillig's Family and Criminal Law Departments, Mr. Mahoney regularly assists individuals who are in a very difficult time of their lives. He believes it is his task to calmly offer skilled advice and perspective during what is often a difficult or emotionally charged situation.

In the area of family law, Mr. Mahoney and his colleagues assist individuals with family court proceedings which most commonly involve custody/visitation and/or paternity and support proceedings. They also assist individuals in all aspects of...
Michael E. Underwood
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Fayetteville, NY Divorce Lawyer with 15 years experience
(315) 445-3005 7030 E. Genesee Street
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Thank you for considering my firm for your divorce or family law matter. I know the system and how to save you both time and money on your divorce.

Please contact me by phone or by email to schedule a free consultation.

I enjoy helping people transition in a difficult part of their lives. On average, I help about 100 people (per year) get divorced.

The fastest divorce I have done was about 30 days but (on average), a divorce takes between 60-90 days.

I have a proven track record of success, sound judgment and discretion.

As for our firm, we are conveniently...
Brooke Barron
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Lockport, NY Divorce Attorney with 1 year experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Road
Lockport, NY 14094
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
American University- Washington College of Law
Brooke Barron is an Associate Attorney in the firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law and Estate Planning & Administration Practice Groups.

Ms. Barron obtained her B.S. in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo, and received her Juris Doctor in 2018 from American University- Washington College of Law.

While in law school, Ms. Barron was an Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition winner. Additionally, Ms. Barron was a law clerk for Commissioner Feldblum at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Washington, D.C. and a student attorney for American University- Washington College of Law’s Civil Advocacy Clinic. Ms. Barron had also previously been employed at HoganWillig as...
Keli Iles-Hernandez
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Lockport, NY Divorce Attorney with 3 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Divorce, Family and Juvenile
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Keli Iles-Hernandez is an attorney with HoganWillig’s Matrimonial & Family Law Department. She handles adoptions, divorce, custody, child support, child abuse and other related proceedings; with experience representing families with diverse family dynamics and LGBTQ legal matters. Ms. Iles-Hernandez also currently serves on the Attorneys for Children Panel (4th Judicial Department) representing children in child abuse, neglect and custody issues.

Keli Iles-Hernandez brings a vast variety of life experience with her to HoganWillig, having served in the U.S. Army for 4 years as an active-duty Medic and then as a Special Education teacher. Ms. Iles-Hernandez has earned a Bachelor’s degree...
Lisa DiPoala Haber
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Syracuse, NY Divorce Attorney with 30 years experience
(315) 426-1648 217 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Divorce, Appeals, Family and Insurance Claims
Syracuse University College of Law
New York attorney Lisa DiPoala Haber is smart, tough, experienced and committed to the success of your case. Her practice areas include divorce, child custody and support, civil litigation, and appeals. She has handled both contested and uncontested divorces and cases involving alimony (also called “spousal support” or “maintenance”) and equitable distribution, as well as child custody and child support petitions. Attorney Lisa DiPoala Haber also handles related issues, such as enforcement and modification of post-divorce judgments, including enforcement and modification of custody, visitation and child support, and enforcement of spousal maintenance awards. In civil litigation, Lisa...
Kenneth Olena
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Lockport, NY Divorce Lawyer with 39 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Divorce, Business and Family
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Kenneth Olena has worked for the last 35 years as a family law practitioner. He specializes in divorce proceedings, ranging from small to multi-million dollar settlements. Since 1981, Kenneth has practiced across upstate New York and predominantly in the Western New York region, helping clients with over a thousand divorce cases; prior to his work at HoganWillig, Mr. Olena also provided excellent support to clients with Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn for more than 21 years. With expertise, he has handled actions of varying financial complexity involving difficult custodial battles, hardships regarding property ownership, and management of clients' personal businesses or...
Danielle DeJoseph
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Lockport, NY Divorce Lawyer with 2 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Divorce, Elder, Estate Planning and Family
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Danielle DeJoseph is an Associate Attorney practicing primarily in the firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law and Estate Planning & Administration Practice Groups.

Ms. DeJoseph graduated summa cum laude from Buffalo State College in 2013 with a major in English Literature. She received her legal education at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she graduated with a J.D. in 2017. As a law student, Danielle worked for nearly three years as a law clerk in FELA litigation. Danielle also interned with the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Organized Crime Task Force.

Ms. DeJoseph is admitted...
Jeffrey Francis Reina
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience
(716) 849-1333 42 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Divorce, Business and Family
State University of New York - Buffalo
Jeffrey Reina is a senior partner at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria and is the head of the Matrimonial Law Practice Area. He has experience handling a variety of matrimonial issues, including divorce, separation, spousal support, same sex marriage, prenuptial agreements, post-judgment, and complex high net worth divorce. Mr. Reina also oversees the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Area. He resolves disputes for clients involving contracts, employment agreements, trademarks, copyrights, and partnership and shareholder matters. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Reina spent nearly a decade working in the restaurant industry. For several years, he served as...
John Edmund Abeel
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Williamsville, NY Divorce Lawyer with 14 years experience
(716) 510-4886 300 International Drive, Suite 100
Williamsville, NY 14221
Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
SUNY Buffalo Law School
John I LaMancuso
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Attorney with 7 years experience
(716) 708-4409 37 Franklin St #800
Buffalo, NY 14202
Free ConsultationDivorce, DWI, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Mr. LaMancuso was born and raised in Western New York and practices in Lewis & Lewis' Jamestown, Olean, and Buffalo offices. He is committed to living and working in Western New York, and his aim is to ensure that the people of our community have a tenacious and effective advocate they can turn to when faced with a difficult legal issue.

Mr. LaMancuso focuses his practice on personal injury litigation, Workers' Compensation, and criminal defense.

Practice Areas:

Personal Injury - Car Accidents, Slip and Fall Accidents, Catastrophic Injuries, Ladder Accidents, Scaffold Accidents, Construction Site Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents, Trucking Accidents, Boating Accidents, Defective Products,...
Frank Stephen Ieraci
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Attorney with 33 years experience
(716) 832-7777 2140 Eggert Rd
Buffalo, NY 14226
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Family
State University of New York - Buffalo
A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Buffalo Law School, Mr. Ieraci has been a practicing attorney in the Buffalo/Niagara region since 1988. A lifelong resident of western New York, he has dedicated his practice to the representation of individuals with common legal issues.
Patrick C. O'Reilly
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Attorney with 39 years experience
(716) 849-1333 42 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Divorce and Family
State University of New York - Buffalo
Patrick C. O'Reilly focuses his practice on matrimonial litigation, handling all aspects of divorce and separation and representing clients in matters related to the modification or enforcement of existing matrimonial judgments and orders. He is a member of the firm's Management Committee and is chair of the Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Area. For more than 25 years, Mr. O'Reilly has served as a panelist and speaker on matrimonial and family law topic for numerous seminars, workshops, and symposiums sponsored by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York State Office of Court Administration, New York State Bar Association...
Michael Anthony Rossi
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Attorney with 39 years experience
(716) 854-5555 68 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Divorce, Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
State University of New York - Buffalo
A tough, aggressive trial lawyer, Michael Anthony Rossi began practicing in New York in 1981 and went on to form The Rossi Law Firm. The Rossi Law firm is a “results oriented” criminal and civil litigation firm with offices in Downtown Buffalo, representing clients throughout NY State.

In his 39 years of practice, Michael has focused his expertise in the areas of serious personal injury claims, complex divorce and custody matters, and criminal and DWI defense. As senior trial counsel of the firm, Michael is a fierce advocate for his clients because he knows how important results are. He has demonstrated...
Lourdes Pilar Rosario
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Syracuse, NY Divorce Attorney with 10 years experience
(315) 362-2639 311 Montgomery Street, Suite 1
Syracuse, NY 13202
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, DWI and Family
Albany Law School and Albany Law School
If what you seek is an attorney in Syracuse, New York, who is accessible, experienced, knowledgeable and dependable, you’ve reached the right one. Lourdes’s practice is primarily in family and divorce. Through her practice, Lourdes has represented countless individuals and helped families navigate the often complex family law issues. Her clients receive the attention to detail, legal knowledge, and aggressive legal representation they deserve and have come to expect. In fact, as a result of her diligent and zealous efforts and dedication, Lourdes and her clients share long term and professional relationships.
Jonathan Ogden Tate
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Liverpool, NY Divorce Lawyer with 34 years experience
(315) 506-6668 8244 Beehive Circle
Liverpool, NY 13090
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
St. John's University School of Law
Liam G.B. Murphy
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Groton, NY Divorce Attorney with 31 years experience
(877) 212-4722 170 Main Street
Groton, NY 13073
Divorce, Appeals, Domestic Violence and Family
New York University School of Law
Shaw & Murphy is a general practice law firm focused on providing high-caliber, personal and commercial legal service to clients in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier of New York.

We are a general practice on purpose: We believe clients benefit from a broad view of the law. We understand, for example, how divorce, custody, visitation and child support impact your business or that buying a house can also impact your estate planning.

Our lawyers and paralegals work together to provide clients with cost-effective solutions. We offer our wide experience in many areas of the law and our varied life experiences as...
David Michael Carr
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Lawyer with 17 years experience
(888) 685-0551 37 Franklin St
200
Buffalo, NY 14202
Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Brooklyn Law School
David Carr is the founder and principle of David Carr & Associates, PLLC. He is admitted to practice in New York and the Southern District of New York Federal Court. He is also a member of New York State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association and Trial Lawyers of America.

Prior to opening his firm, David attended Brooklyn Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 2001 and Fordham University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1998. He previously worked for multiple leading Matrimonial Law firms in New York where...
Timothy John Rosell
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Hornell, NY Divorce Attorney with 23 years experience
(607) 324-7333 70 Main Street
Hornell, NY 14843
Divorce, Family, Insurance Claims and Landlord Tenant
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Attended the Hornell School District my entire life, nearby Alfred State and Alfred University and returned to Hornell after attending Thomas Cooley in Lansing, Michigan to practice law in my hometown. Reside here in Hornell with my wife and two children.
Todd Sanford Engel
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Liverpool, NY Divorce Lawyer with 22 years experience
(315) 679-4500 135 Old Cove Road Suite 203
Liverpool, NY 13090
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Criminal and Family
Syracuse University College of Law
Representation of individuals and closely held businesses in the following practice areas: Family Law/ Divorce Child Support Business Formation Civil Litigation Wills and Trusts Vehicle and Traffic
Dennis Charles Gaughan
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Hamburg, NY Divorce Attorney with 35 years experience
(716) 648-8000 6161 South Park Ave
Hamburg, NY 14075
Free ConsultationDivorce, Appeals, Bankruptcy and Family
New York Law School
We chose to remain a small law office to provide personal, dedicated and aggressive service to our clients. My office costs a few dollars more but excellent service takes time and strategy. Offsetting our higher fees we have payment plans. We have seven lawyers working together to get the best solutions. As a small firm we call upon all areas of the law to form a comprehensive strategy and plan. As in a game making the right move determines the outcome of the case. A divorce case is often helped by a bankruptcy or our tax law knowledge. We create...
Harry N Konst
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Lancaster, NY Divorce Lawyer with 19 years experience
(716) 601-1000 5511 Broadway Street
Lancaster, NY 14086
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Criminal and Real Estate
Konst Law provides real estate, divorce, personal injury, corporate and business legal services.
Jennifer P Stergion Esq.
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Attorney with 12 years experience
(716) 536-5971 500 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14207
Divorce, Business, Criminal and Family
State University of New York - Buffalo
Jennifer P Stergion, Esq. was the founding Chair of the Erie County Bar Association's Committee on Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Issues. She is the current Secretary of that Bar Association Committee and a member of the Bar's Family Law Practice and Procedure Committee. Jennifer has a Bacheolor's degree in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Criminal Justice, and a J.D. with dual concentrations in International Law and Civil Litigation. She is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, is a Department of Veterans Affairs accredited attorney, and admitted to the Appellate Division, 4th Department of...
David Centeno
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Lawyer with 14 years experience
(866) 830-2064 300 International Drive, Suite 100
Buffalo, NY 14221
Free ConsultationDivorce and Criminal
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
My name is David Centeno and I was born and raised in New York City. Today, I'm proud to serve as a divorce and family lawyer throughout New York State for people like you. I use my experience to help you get through your NY uncontested divorce, which can be a very stressful time. I'm not just a NY divorce lawyer, I'm a NY family man. As a husband and father, I know and appreciate the value of family. I understand what you have at stake and will work hard to protect you and your family through...
Jamie Griebner Leberer
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Lawyer with 4 years experience
(716) 218-8325 43 Court Street
Suite 810
Buffalo, NY 14202
Free ConsultationDivorce, Family and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
A native of Buffalo, New York, Jamie Leberer attended University at Buffalo, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 2009. Ms. Leberer received her Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been practicing exclusively matrimonial and family law since she became a member of the New York State Bar, and recently expanded into personal injury. Ms. Leberer opened the doors to her practice in October, 2017.

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Paul W Wolf
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Williamsville, NY Divorce Attorney with 28 years experience
(716) 633-1400 392 Evans Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
State University of New York - Buffalo
A licensed attorney for 27 years, Paul Wolf concentrates his practice in Divorce/Family Court matters; preparing and reviewing QDROs. Although located in the Buffalo, NY area, Paul can handle QDROs no matter where you are located. Paul's fees are frequently lower than many attorneys, especially in the expensive New York City area.Experienced in handling military pensions, state pensions, federal pensions, private pensions and 401ks.
Thomas Wheeler Seeley
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Skaneateles, NY Divorce Lawyer with 16 years experience
(315) 217-1552 3986 Jordan Rd
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Free ConsultationDivorce, Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
Syracuse University
A holistic approach to your legal matters. I am a trained divorce mediator and experienced attorney who works primarily with clients who choose to seek resolution of their divorce, family law, and other legal matters outside of the court room through mediation and collaborative law. In addition to his mediation practice, Tom has fifteen years of experience practicing matrimonial and family law, real estate law and elder law in the Finger Lakes and is the owner of Law Office of Thomas W. Seeley, PC and Finger Lakes Holistic Divorce Mediation, Inc.
Tom encourages clients to integrate...
David Richard Addelman
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Attorney with 36 years experience
(716) 856-4118 69 Delaware Ave. Suite 602
Buffalo, NY 14202
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, Family and Immigration
Since 1984, David R. Addelman, Esq. has represented both individual and corporate clients in various areas of law which include criminal and civil litigation (personal injury, accident cases), divorce, real estate, immigration, estates and bankruptcy. Applying energy, experience, and resourcefulness to every project we accept, we are dedicated to your success. Mr. Addelman is experienced in handling Immigration court cases (removal and/or deportation proceedings) as well as criminal defense representation (in State and Federal courts).
Andrew S. Tabashneck
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Geneva, NY Divorce Lawyer with 2 years experience
Geneva, NY 14456
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal and Family
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Free Consultations 24/7. Affordable Payment Plans. Divorce and Criminal Lawyer in Buffalo NY. Call Andrew Tabashneck Esq direct at (716) 526-7405.
Randy Stuart Margulis
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Attorney with 27 years experience
(716) 886-9600 534 Delaware Ave, Suite 433
Buffalo, NY 14202
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Cheryl Ann Berzer
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Williamsville, NY Divorce Attorney with 20 years experience
(716) 633-1400 392 Evans Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Has been a matrimonial attorney for 15 years. For most people, going through a divorce or family court proceeding can be an emotionally draining experience. As an experienced attorney, Cheryl will guide you through this difficult process as fairly and quickly as possible. The majority of Cheryl’s cases are complex matrimonial and family court matters. While she can prepare the required paperwork for any uncontested divorce, she will also be there for you if the going gets rough and a trial is required.
Michael J Stachowski
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Lawyer with 46 years experience
(716) 824-5353 2025 Clinton St
Buffalo, NY 14206
Divorce, Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Hague Institute of International Law and State University of New York - Buffalo
Michael Stachowski Is a skilled trial Lawyer ,having tried criminal matters from simple DWI and various misdemeanors , to serious felonies, Burglary Robbery ,Rape Murder, Assault and white collar crime ib state court . In federal court he has tried many from Immigration fraud , Drug and Gun conspiracies, RICO,Sex Trafficking and white Collar crime. He has been successful as a Defense Attorney. He has a A very successful track record as an Appellate Lawyer In both State and federal courts. He got a person out of jail after 18 years for Lack "Of Effective assistance of his...
Peter McGrath
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Kenmore, NY Divorce Attorney with 7 years experience
(716) 262-9023 3110 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14216
Free ConsultationDivorce, Business, Estate Planning and Family
State University of New York - Buffalo
I am the founder and principal attorney at the McGrath Law Firm located in Buffalo, New York. Prior to entering law school, I earned a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology from Kean University. I attended law school at SUNY Buffalo School of Law. My firm is a full-service general practice firm that is equipped to handle all legal needs.
Karen Beth Carpenter
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Liverpool, NY Divorce Attorney with 26 years experience
(315) 453-4282 716 7th North St
Liverpool, NY 13088
Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Syracuse University College of Law
Charles Oliver Wolff
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Trumansburg, NY Divorce Lawyer with 15 years experience
(607) 592-4585 6214 Podunk Rd.
Trumansburg, NY 14886
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, DWI and Real Estate
Syracuse University College
Heather Leigh Youngman
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Syracuse, NY Divorce Lawyer
(315) 492-4700 507 Plum Street
Suite 103
Syracuse, NY 13204
Divorce and Family
State University of New York - Buffalo
Heather is an Associate at Tully Rinckey PLLC, where her practice focuses on civil litigation, and family and matrimonial law. Heather came to Tully Rinckey PLLC after working at another Syracuse law firm, where she focused primarily on federal court appellate litigation. She additionally worked as a law clerk at two of Buffalo’s top litigation firms, where she assisted with a variety of civil and criminal matters. She is admitted to practice law in New York State and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Heather’s other professional experience includes working as a journalist, editor,...
Charles A. Messina
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Buffalo, NY Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience
(716) 980-1959 3990 McKinley Pkwy, Suite 3
Buffalo, NY 14219
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Attorney Charles A. Messina is a native of Buffalo who has devoted his career to matrimonial and family law. He graduated from the University of Buffalo Law School (SUNY) in 2004 with honors and established his own family law practice in November of 2009. Today, Attorney Messina is recognized for his reputation as a knowledgeable resource on the topics of divorce, child custody, and family court proceedings.
James Miller
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Ithaca, NY Divorce Lawyer with 41 years experience
(607) 273-4200 215 East State Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 6435
Ithaca, NY 14850
Divorce, Family and Real Estate
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Mr. Miller is one of the founding partners of Miller Mayer, LLP. Mr. Miller’s practice is concentrated in the areas of matrimonial law and real estate. Mr. Miller has earned a reputation as one of Ithaca’s premier matrimonial attorneys with extensive trial experience. In addition to his work with Miller Mayer, Mr. Miller has also taught at Ithaca College, was the City Prosecutor for the City of Ithaca, was an Assistant District Attorney for Tompkins County and has served on the board of directors of several not-for-profit organizations.
Anthony Nicholas Elia
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Ithaca, NY Divorce Lawyer with 19 years experience
(607) 273-4200 215 East State Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 6435
Ithaca, NY 14850
Divorce, Appeals, Business and Family
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Anthony N. Elia is an Associate in Miller Mayer’s Litigation and Matrimonial Law practice groups. Mr. Elia focuses his practice on state and federal litigation, mainly in business, intellectual property, and matrimonial matters. Prior to joining Miller Mayer, Mr. Elia practiced in New York City for twelve years, the last five as a solo practitioner. Mr. Elia is admitted to the bar of the State of New York as well as the United States District Court for the Western, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York. He received his J.D. from SUNY Buffalo School of Law...
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Considering divorce?

If a person wishes to terminate his or her marriage, he or she may file for a divorce. In a divorce proceeding, the court will terminate the marriage and determine the rights and responsibilities of the divorcing parties regarding child custody, child visitation, child support and spousal support (alimony). The court will also redistribute marital assets.

Depending on where you reside and where your assets are, the division of property can be a very simple or very complex process. Disputes often arise during this phase of a divorce if the two parties disagree as to who should receive which assets or property.

Finding a divorce lawyer who is experienced and reliable can reduce your stress and help you make the best choices possible. A good divorce lawyer should be a problem solver who is skilled at negotiation and possesses a solid trial background. If both parties are open to alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration or mediation, finding a lawyer experienced in collaborative divorce or divorce mediation would be beneficial.

Divorce lawyers also handle child custody issues, including multi-state and international child custody situations. Some divorce lawyers may be certified by their states as being family law specialists. Certification often requires that a lawyer meet certain experience and educational criteria.


Legal Custody: A parent with legal custody has the right to decide on the child's upbringing, education, and medical care. A court may grant legal custody to one parent (sole legal custody) or both parents (joint legal custody).

Separate Property: Property acquired before marriage or during the marriage as a gift or inheritance, or bought during marriage with separate property.