Based in Long Island, the Law Office of Robert H. Montefusco, P.C., provides legal support for a broad spectrum of divorce law issues, including contested divorces, spousal maintenance, modifications, child custody, relocation, and much more. As a former prosecutor for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Montefusco conducted literally hundreds of trials and hearings, developing along the way a proactive, aggressive approach that he now applies to his divorce law cases.
We understand that divorce and family court matters can be difficult and contentious. That’s why we provide compassionate, attentive legal services to our clients at each stage of their legal journey.
Family Law Practice Areas:
Child custody, support, and visitation matters are often settled in Family Court, if the couple is not married, or if the couple is married but not seeking a divorce. Although both the New York Supreme Court and Family Court can handle family law cases, there are important distinctions between the two that must be understood. Although both courts can handle family law cases, there are important distinctions between the two that must be understood. As your Nassau and Suffolk County family law attorneys, we can help guide you through the maze. Read More.
Child custody arrangements can be divided into two distinct types: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to the right to make decisions relating to the welfare of the child, such as their schooling; physical custody deals with which parent’s home the child lives in. If a custody dispute arises, our team will fight for the best interests of your child and yourself. Read More.
Under New York law, the non-custodial parent is required to send periodic support payments to the custodial parent. In general, these payments are calculated according to the combined gross income of the parents and the number of children involved. The courts require each parent to prepare a Statement of Net Worth; our attorneys can help you with this sometimes confusing document. Read More.
Child Neglect – Child Protective Services
The state agency known as Child Protective Services (CPS) is responsible for examining and responding to reports of child mistreatment. Parents who are involved in a CPS case could easily lose custody of their children, and may be subjected to criminal charges as well. If you have been contacted by CPS, please reach out to us so we can determine the best course of action for you. Read More.
Enforcement and Modification
Refusal to comply with a court order relating to child support or custody can subject a parent to substantial legal penalties, including fines and imprisonment. If the other parent has flouted a court order of this nature, contact us immediately so we can help. We also handle modifications of child support provisions and custody order for parents whose financial circumstances have changed dramatically since the divorce decree and/or where there have been substantial changes in circumstances affecting the best interests of the children. Read More.
Orders of Protection
In New York State, both the Family Court and the Supreme Court have the authority to issue an order of protection to restrain a violent or potentially violent spouse, or related person as defined by the statute. Terms of these orders may include requiring the abusive parent to move out of the home or to stay away from the children. Contact us ASAP if you believe you may need an Order of Protection. Read More.
For many couples, adopting a child is their pathway to forming a family. There are a variety of legal issues associated with adoption, however, and you need help to ensure that the process plays out as smoothly as possible. Feel free to contact our Suffolk family law attorneys for experienced counsel regarding this area of law.
Allowing a non-custodial parent to visit their children according to a court-approved schedule can be an important step in promoting the healing process for a family where the parents have separated.. Sometimes, however, visitation is a contentious issue that requires court intervention. Our legal team can help you with your child visitation issues to bring about the best possible outcome for you and your children. Read More.
Managing physical custody of children is often one of the most contentious issues for separating or divorcing parents. Matters can get even more acrimonious when the custodial parent wishes to relocate to another region, without the approval of the other parent. Our family law attorneys in Suffolk County can aid you in sorting out this thorny issue. Read More.
At the Law Office of Robert H. Montefusco in Long Island, we understand that domestic violence is a serious matter. Victims of domestic violence in New York have the option of pursuing justice in family court as well as criminal court. Please contact us if you believe you are in need of a family court order of protection from a current or former member of your household.