Smithtown, New York Family Lawyers

Darren M. Shapiro
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Effective and Experienced Divorce Mediator, Matrimonial and Family Law Attorney

Our firm has years of divorce mediation, negotiation, and litigation experience in divorce and family law cases across Nassau and Suffolk Long Island, Queens, New York City, the Boroughs and more. Read More »
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Dustin Bowman
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Free Consultation! Determined New York Family Law Attorney! Call Now for Help!

I am dedicated to vigorously protecting the rights and interests of those with family related legal issues. I provide skilled legal representation! Visit my website for more information and call for a free consultation! Read More »
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Stephen Bilkis
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Free Consultation! New York Family Law Lawyer! Skilled & Dedicated!

I am a knowledgeable family law attorney with experience in a wide range of family law matters. I will advocate for your rights and best interests! Visit my website for more information or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Shawn Richard Kassman
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New York Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience

When I began practicing law, I committed myself to providing a superior level of legal service to my clients. I appreciate my clients and get to know them while I handle their legal matter. Because I care about my... Read More »
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Stephanie Burke
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New York Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience

Stephanie has demonstrated resolve and determination as a strong advocate for her clients. She is experienced in a broad range of areas, including General Litigation, Family Law, Joint Custody, Contested Matrimonial... Read More »
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Christopher N Palermo
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Hauppauge, NY Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(631) 265-1051 1300 Veterans Highway
Suite 320
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Personal Injury
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Christopher N. Palermo has been a partner at the law firm Palermo Tuohy Bruno, P.L.L.C. since 2004. After receiving his undergraduate degree at Villanova University in 1996, he then attended Touro College School of Law, where he received his law degree in 2001. After graduating from law school, Christopher joined the Law Firm his two brothers Edward Palermo and Steven Palermo had created several years earlier. Christopher immediately established the Family Court department at the law firm. Since then Christopher has exclusively limited his practice to the field of Matrimonial and Family law. Since 2003, Christopher has...
Daniel Howard Guttmann
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Smithtown, NY Family Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(631) 360-2175 25 W. Main St.
Smithtown, NY 11787
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
State University of New York - Buffalo and Buffalo Law
Former Assistant District Attorney with 33 years of trial experience in the fields of Criminal Defense, Matrimonial, Family Law, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation. Our firm also handles Real Estate Contracts and Closings, Traffic Ticket Defense, Wills and Social Security Disability Law.
Andrew David Blum
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Hauppauge, NY Family Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(631) 587-5100 150 Motor Parkway
Suite 425
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Family and Divorce
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
I have been practicing matrimonial and family law on Long Island for over 30 years and have extensive negotiation and trial experience in complex Equitable Distribution and Custody cases. It has always been my desire to tailor my representation of each client to their individual goals and desires. In addition, I listen to my clients and I advise them accordingly. Although an amicably negotiated settlement is often the goal, I have successfully conducted numerous trials and hearings on behalf of my clients. These cases may include complex financial issues as well as cases involving acrimonious custody...
Clifford Petroske
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Hauppauge, NY Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(631) 337-1977 1393 Veterans Memorial HIghway
Suite 414N
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals and Divorce
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Clifford J. Petroske was born and raised on Long Island, the son of public school teachers. He graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School, and earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, in 1986 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Thereafter, Mr. Petroske attended Hofstra University School of Law, where he was editor of the Environmental Law Digest, and earned his law degree in 1989. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1990. Since handling his own divorce twenty years ago, Mr. Petroske has devoted his practice to matrimonial and family...
Ian Shawn Mednick
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Hauppauge, NY Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(631) 780-7081 1600 Calebs Path Extension
Suite 135
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Ian S. Mednick, Esq. is an experienced and aggressive attorney in New York State, and has been specializing in matrimonial and family law for ten years. The Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick handles all aspects of family law and we also offer mediation services as well. Our firm specializes is providing individualized and aggressive representation so that our client feel like they are not just a file number. Mr. Mednick is an accomplished trial attorney who is available 24/7 for his clients and provides them with a sense of security and attention that is...
Riley Perry
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Hauppauge, NY Family Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(631) 265-1051 1300 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 320
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Family and Divorce
Hofstra University
Riley T. Perry has been an Associate with Palermo Law, P.L.L.C., since 2016. Riley received her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, magna cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2012, where she was a starter for the women’s varsity lacrosse team for four years, as well as team captain. Thereafter, Riley attended the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she received her Juris Doctor in 2015. During her time at Hofstra Law she was a member of the Hofstra Law Review where she served as an Associate Editor.

Throughout law school Riley immersed herself...
Ryan Adam Riezenman
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Hauppauge, NY Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(631) 337-1977 1393 Veterans Memorial Highway
Suite 414N
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
New York Law School
Matthew Kevin Mady
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Smithtown, NY Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(631) 265-2077 1 Edgewood Avenue
Suite 200
Smithtown, NY 11787
Family and Divorce
Philip John Castrovinci
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Smithtown, NY Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(631) 265-2077 1 Edgewood Avenue
Suite 200
Smithtown, NY 11787
Family and Divorce
Chris Battaglia
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Smithtown, NY Family Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(516) 376-0711 27 Pine Ridge drive
Smithtown, NY 11787
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Howard E. Knispel
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New York Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience

Howard E. Knispel has been practicing law since 1989, having graduated from Eisenhower College of World Studies of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in International Politics in 1981 and New York Law... Read More »
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Elliot S. Schlissel
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New York Family Law Lawyer with 41 years experience

Established in 1978, The Law Office of Elliot S. Schlissel is a multi-service firm of five lawyers committed to client-focused, cost-effective legal services in the Five Boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk... Read More »
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Karyn Anne Villar
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Hauppauge, NY Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(631) 780-7070 1600 Express Drive South
Suite 116
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Family and Divorce
Arizona State University
Michael W. Meyers
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Hauppauge, NY Family Law Lawyer
(631) 337-1977 1393 Veterans Memorial Highway
Suite 414N
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Lisa S Fine
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Hauppauge, NY Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(631) 361-9600 900 Wheeler Road
Suite 220
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Clare Barbara Connaughton
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Smithtown, NY Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(631) 360-2626 1038 W Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Real Estate
Hauppauge, NY Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(516) 231-1450 330 Motor Pkwy
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Family, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
Hofstra Law School
Smithtown, NY Family Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(631) 941-4571 222 E Main St
Smithtown, NY 11787
Family and Divorce
Hauppauge, NY Family Law Lawyer with 65 years experience
898 Veterans Hwy
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Hauppauge, NY Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(631) 873-4328 200 MOTOR PARKWAY SUITE C17
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Family, Divorce and Real Estate
Joseph Douglas Barics
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Commack, NY Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(631) 864-2600 356 Veterans Memorial Highway
Suite 3
Commack, NY
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Divorce and Foreclosure Defense
Brooklyn Law School
I was admitted to practice law in 1994, and since then the bulk of my practice has been focused on matrimonial and divorce law, appeals and closely related areas such as foreclosure defense.

My approach in representing clients is straightforward. Good people sometimes find themselves in bad situations, and people come to lawyers for solutions. That means whenever possible, negotiating a fair agreement is often the best route. Nevertheless, agreements, negotiations, litigation and appeals are only the tools used to obtain these answers. By taking a broader holistic approach, it allows me to see solutions that others may miss.

Reaching a fair...
Ronald C Davies
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St. James, NY Family Law Attorney with 55 years experience
220 Lake Avenue
Suite 1
St. James, NY 11764
Family, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
Brooklyn Law School
Undergraduate degrees from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, in which I competed as a starter in intercollegiate Athletics in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, and Squash Racquets; Graduate School with doctorate degree, Doctor of Laws, from Brooklyn Law School; Devoted to my Private practice of law from 1963 to the present, predominantly in Suffolk County: including: Real Estate, Commercial and residential; Elder Law Matters Such as Trusts, Qualifying for Medicaid, and Preserving Assets for family spouse and children; , and its issues; Surrogate Court matters such as Wills Trusts and Estates; Matrimonial Law, Divorce, Separation,...
A.J. Temsamani
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Top Rated Divorce Attorney

AJ Temsamani has devoted his entire legal career to resolving divorce and family law matters. AJ is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating available and a "testament to the... Read More »
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Andrew J. Gilbride
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Free Consultation! Dedicated Family Lawyer! Making a Positive Difference!

I am a skilled New York family lawyer. My battle tested demeanor is equal to the compassion and drive I have to make a positive difference in your life! Visit my website for information. Call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Howard E. Knispel
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Commack, NY Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(631) 864-7589 354 Veterans Highway
Commack, NY 11725
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
New York Law School
Howard E. Knispel has been practicing law since 1989, having graduated from Eisenhower College of World Studies of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in International Politics in 1981 and New York Law School in 1988 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. Howard concentrates his practice to Divorce, Family Law, Bankruptcy, Criminal, Traffic and DWI, Real Estate and Wills. Howard has conducted numerous trials, both jury and non-jury. Howard has negotiated and settled hundreds of divorce, custody and support matters. Howard has helped many people get out from crippling debt to get a fresh start....
Rudolph Migliore
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Commack, NY Family Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(631) 543-3663 353 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Suite 210
Commack, NY 11725
Family, Criminal, DWI and Estate Planning
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Michael Catalanotto
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Nesconset, NY Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(631) 656-0900 62 Lake Avenue South
Suite F
Nesconset, NY 11767
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Real Estate
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Michael Catalanotto is widely regarded as an aggressive and effective litigator. Each client’s case is treated with exceptional care and attention. Mr. Catalanotto received his J.D. from Touro College of Law. In addition to his J.D., Mr. Catalanotto has a background in accounting and holds an M.B.A. from Salisbury University.
Carol Ryder Esq.
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Fort Salonga, NY Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(631) 848-1204 10 Salonga Woods Road
Fort Salonga, NY 11768
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Foreclosure Defense
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Former Wall Streeter with many years of experience in Finance and Business Management. The skills developed there have translated into a great edge in zealously representing legal clients.
Joel Richard Salinger
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Commack, NY Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(631) 486-7800 354 Veterans Memorial Hwy #2
Commack, NY 11725
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Julie Rendelman
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(212) 951-1232 5036 Jericho Turnpike Suite 306
Commack, NY 11725
Free ConsultationCommack, NY Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
Family, Criminal, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Brooklyn Law School
Julie Rendelman began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, Brooklyn, where she investigated and prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases and quickly earned a reputation as a tough and tenacious trial attorney. While in the office, Julie was lead counsel in over 60 felony jury trials that involved a wide variety of crimes, from drug offenses to sex crimes to homicides. Julie quickly rose to the level of Senior Trial Attorney and was eventually promoted to the elite Homicide Bureau where she became the Deputy Bureau Chief.

Additionally, while working as a prosecutor, Julie also...
Stephen Bilkis
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(800) 696-9529 8 E Main St
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Free ConsultationBay Shore, NY Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Touro Law School
Free Consultation | (800) 696-9529 | Call 24/7 | Stephen Bilkis is the managing Partner of the New York Law firm Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. Aggressively representing clients in their legal needs.
David P. Badanes
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Northport, NY Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(631) 239-1702 842 Route 25A
Northport, NY 11768
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
St. John's School of Law
David Badanes Esq. - Experienced Long Island divorce lawyer and family law attorney serving Nassau and Suffolk counties. Concentrating in divorce, contested divorce, uncontested divorce, divorce mediation, matrimonial & family law and criminal defense. The Badanes Law Office is committed to providing optimal representation, while exceeding his clients’ expectations. He represents clients in Suffolk County, Nassau County and the New York City area with offices in Northport, Suffolk County and Garden City, Nassau County.
Shawn Richard Kassman
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Central Islip, NY Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(631) 232-9479 110 Carleton Ave.
Central Islip, NY 11722
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
When I began practicing law, I committed myself to providing a superior level of legal service to my clients. I appreciate my clients and get to know them while I handle their legal matter. Because I care about my clients, I want them to understand the legal system and the choices open to them, and I want them to make the final decision regarding whether to settle or proceed to trial.

I plan to practice law for a long time, and I value the referrals that my current and former clients send to me. They feel comfortable referring family and friends...
Patrick R. Garcia
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Bay Shore, NY Family Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(800) 696-9529 8 E Main St
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Patrick R. Garcia is an experienced attorney in the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates. His practice areas include Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Elder Law and Estate Planning. Mr. Garcia received his J.D. from the New York University and has been licensed in the State of New York since 1983.

Peter Mandi
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Bohemia, NY Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(631) 265-0052 4875 Sunrise Highway
Suite 301
Bohemia, NY 11716
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Real Estate
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. is an experienced law firm serving Suffolk County and all of Long Island with quality legal services regarding divorce and family law matters. Our firm provides effective and individualized attention to each client. We are compassionate and dedicated, offering a kind and helpful hand through tough times. When you face the prospect of divorce or other family law difficulties, you need passionate legal counsel. We handle both contested and uncontested matters with the highest degree of caring, competence and professionalism. You should be comforted by the attorney you hire and our firm will exceed...
Emily Lynn Singer
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Greenlawn, NY Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(631) 261-9163 75 Broadway
Greenlawn, NY 11740
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Ms. Singer has practiced law in Nassau County and Suffolk County for 25 years. In addition to litigating cases in the Supreme and Family Courts, her practice includes Collaborative Law and Divorce Mediation (two non-adversarial approaches to divorce where the parties and professionals work cooperatively together, in a private setting, to create mutually advantageous solutions). The parties retain the decision-making rather than deferring decisions to a Judge or third party. The collaborative and mediation processes preserve privacy, encourage the self-determination of the parties, minimize conflict and damage to the parties and their children, and resolve the issues...
Louis L Sternberg
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Huntington, NY Family Law Attorney
(631) 600-3295 775 Park Avenue
Suite 262
Huntington, NY 11743
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Susan Kassel
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East Islip, NY Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(631) 738-6761 136 E Main Street
East Islip, NY 11730
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
New York Law School
Susan A. Kassel is a divorce attorney practicing in Suffolk County and the founder of the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. For two decades, she has been practicing law in the state of New York. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and New York School of Law. Ms. Kassel has been recognized with an 8.3 Excellent rating on the legal website Avvo.com. Contact her firm today to request your no-cost consultation.
Debra Lynn Rubin
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Commack, NY Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(631) 462-5888 6080 Jericho Turnpike
Commack, NY 11725
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
Hofstra University
Since being admitted to the NYS Bar more than 25 years ago, Debra L. Rubin has concentrated her practice in the field of family and matrimonial law, handling matters of all levels of complexity. In addition to successfully negotiating and litigating in these areas, she also handles appeals. She is also a member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and has been trained in both mediation and collaborative law.

Ms. Rubin has been selected to New York Super Lawyers every year since 2011 and was further honored with a listing in The Ten...
Lynn Poster-zimmerman
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Huntington, NY Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(631) 673-6905 775 Park Avenue, Huntington Atrium
Suite 335
Huntington, NY 11743
Family and Divorce
Hofstra University
Ronald Scott Zimmer
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Commack, NY Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(631) 470-4872 6080 Jericho Turnpike
Suite 300
Commack, NY 11725
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Personal Injury
Touro Law School
Our focus is in matrimonial and Family law. We have assisted thousands of clients over the last 17 years protect their rights. We aggressively handle matters such as child support, custody, asset protection, fathers rights, orders of protection, divorce and divorce mediation, modification of orders, and much more.
Concetta G. Spirio
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Sayville, NY Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(631) 277-8844 173 North Main Street PMB #320
Sayville, NY 11782
Family, Business, Collections and Divorce
As a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, LEGAL – The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, as well as the Collaborative Law Association of New York, Inc, Ms. Spirio knows how to help her clients by providing experienced and personal legal services. Since 1986 Ms. Spirio has served Long Island families and individuals in the following Practice Areas: * Collaborative Law * Non-traditional Family Law * Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) representation * Prenuptial and Domestic Partnership Agreements * Divorce and Separation Mediation * Real Estate Law * Trusts, Wills and Estates
Jodi Ann Donato
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East Islip, NY Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(631) 654-9008 130 West Main Street
East Islip, NY 11730
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
James Winkler
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Port Jefferson Station, NY Family Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(631) 928-8000 1201 Route 112
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Family and Divorce
Albany Law Union Univ
JAMES R. WINKLER is a partner in the firm of Winkler, Kurtz & Winkler, LLP, located in Port Jefferson Station, New York and for the past 35 years has concentrated his practice in the area of matrimonial and family law. Jim received his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia and State University of New York at Stony Brook where he graduated in 1971 cum laude. He graduated from Albany Law School of Union University in 1976 and began his career as an associate to former Assemblyman Peter J. Costigan, Esq., later becoming a partner under the firm name...
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Smithtown Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee
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Islandia, NY


Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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Bethpage, NY

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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.