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Contested Divorce Lawyers in Suffolk County

Helping Clients Find the Right Family Arrangement

Couple during contested divorceIn some divorce cases, the spouses can reach mutually satisfactory agreements on child support, division of assets, and all additional issues that must be resolved as part of a divorce settlement. But what happens if they cannot agree on what constitutes a fair divorce settlement? That’s when New York Supreme Court gets involved. A contested divorce is often the best option when it comes to protecting your rights and obtaining the terms and conditions you deserve. If you’re undergoing a contested divorce in Suffolk County or Nassau County, you should contact one of the dedicated divorce law attorneys at the Law Office of Robert H. Montefusco.

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What Is Contested in a Contested Divorce?

It’s not uncommon for divorcing spouses to make a sincere attempt to craft a fair settlement agreement, only to find themselves incapable of coming to terms on one or more important issues.

These issues may involve one or a combination of the following:

  • Child custody – Who will be responsible for the children? It’s not as simple as it sounds. Child custody involves two distinct aspects: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody involves the right to make decisions about the manner in which the children will be raised, such as whether they will attend a public or private school. Physical custody has to do with the household where the children will live. Often, these decisions are difficult for the parents and the children alike. Sometimes one spouse will assume full legal and physical custody, but in many cases these responsibilities will be divided in some fashion.
  • Child support – In general, a non-custodial parent must provide payments to the custodial parent to ensure an adequate level of financial support for the children. Settling on a mutually acceptable amount of financial support can be difficult.
  • Spousal maintenance (alimony) – In New York, the purpose of spousal support is to aid a spouse in attaining financial independence following divorce. As such, spousal maintenance in New York is usually “durational”— that is, paid out for only a limited period of time to the spouse with the lesser resources. It is calculated according to a wide array of factors. The state also recognizes “pendente lite” maintenance, which is provided to a needy spouse for the duration of the divorce proceeding.
  • Division of assets – Who gets the house? The car? The stocks? This is another point of contention for many divorcing couples. If the spouses cannot reach an agreement on dividing up marital assets, the courts have to do it for them.
  • Prenuptial agreements – Many divorcing spouses decide to contest the terms of their prenup. Not infrequently they succeed, as these agreements can be ruled unenforceable on any one of a number of grounds, such as coercion.
  • Fault – New York has been a no-fault divorce state since 2010, but it is still permissible for a spouse to ask the courts to rule the other party at fault for the deterioration of the marriage.

Contact the Contested Divorce Lawyers in Nassau & Suffolk County

Just as some couples end up with a contested divorce despite their best intentions to resolve their differences amicably, others begin the process eager for a courtroom fight only to decide later on to settle matters between themselves. Every case is different. Contact the Law Office of Robert H. Montefusco today to speak with an experienced divorce attorney in Suffolk County. We fight aggressively for our clients to protect their rights and help them earn a reasonable settlement.

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Testimonials
  • You don't need a guppy, you need a Barracuda!

    “I was recommended to The Montefusco law firm by a friend who is a lawyer. He told me "You don't need a guppy, you need a Barracuda"! From the first free consultation (many years ago) to the present day, the entire staff was courteous, punctual, professional, and tolerant. I say that because I can be a tough customer to deal with, and I was never treated that way. I was always given the respect, time, and the opportunity to be heard. Hope and Monica were great on the phones, and taking down my concerns, and relaying them to Robert, Meaghan, or Maureen. I had a particularly rough time with my EX, and I was fighting for the rights of my son, and him now living with me. Robert had my back through the whole process. I am 100% satisfied with the outcome, and the entire team should take a bow! Robert always knew just what to say, and how to calm me down in moments of disbelief in the ongoing battles, and I feel I can include him in my 'inner circle' of friends. Meaghan did a great job of re-writing all of my oppositions, and even took my calls when she was at her home. And last but not least is Maureen. Maureen is a paragon. She could answer every question I had, and always gave me the respect I deserved. She and I got to know each other pretty well on the phones, and through emails. Often times I called to talk to Robert, and Maureen picked up, and helped me through my concerns. Thank you Robert, Meaghan, Maureen, Hope, and Monica! You made a really bumpy road seem navigable, and throughout the process, there was always a shining light at the end of the tunnel!”

  • THE LAW OFFICE OF ROBERT MONTEFUSCO IS ONE IN A MILLION

    “Robert and his staff have always went above and beyond for me throughout every step of my brutal divorce and custody process. My case is currently still open and we are in 3 court rooms. Robert is exceptionally educated, experienced, and understanding when it comes to matrimonial law. The past 2 years of my life have been the most darkest and at times unbearable because of the mistake I made in choosing the wrong partner. At times, I would call their office literally 3-4 times A DAY panicking, stressing, obsessing, and mostly crying. I never felt I was annoying them or a nuisance; they were ALWAYS there for me. Robert is not only my attorney, many times he acts as my therapist and calms me down and subsides my fears. Maureen was there beside me to sign the papers to file for the hardest decisions of my life and she always helped in making the process as smooth and seamless as possible. Hope is an amazing asset as well. She is always there to answer any questions I have and always was an extra pair of ears for me to vent to. In choosing this law firm you not only get an amazingly experienced attorney, you get a FIGHTER. Robert defends and protects me aggressively and passionately every single court appearance. For the first time in my life I have absolutely NO FEAR walking into the courtrooms ever anymore because HE is by my side. I am confident that I not only have an amazing group of people working on my case every day, but I have found friends for the rest of my life. The words Thank You will never be enough for what each of them have done for me during this difficult time in my life. You guys ROCK!”

    Jessica P

  • Robert did everything in his power to ensure the best come for me, my kids and my future. Thanks

    “Robert did a great job on finalizing my divorce with a very difficult X Wife.”

    Rob

  • He is open, honest and will not provide false promises.

    “They were exceptional in making sure conversations and milestones were communicated to me as well as very thorough in the handling of paperwork, agreement and the decree.”

    Jim

  • Robert Montefusco fought for me & my beliefs.

    “Robert was a realist-he was able to truthfully show the court that I was a very able, willing and capable of parenting my child more than the usual court arrangements.”

    Edward

  • With Robert’s talent and experience, we never had to go to court.

    “I would definitely recommend Robert Montefusco. Thanks for all that you did for me.”

    Bob

  • Thanks from our hearts.

    “You were there when we felt our world was torn apart.”

    Matthew

  • Robert and his firm were professional effective and did not take any “BS” from the opposite side.

    “I hired Robert Montefusco not one time but two times to represent me for custody of my child Each time I was represented with a favorable outcome. Robert and his firm were professional effective and did not take any “BS” from the opposite side. In a biased court system where the fathers are immediately the underdog , Robert was able to get me a better outcome than most fathers get. For that I highly recommend the Montefusco Law firm.”

    Rob

  • I am grateful for all the hard work and efforts he and his assistant, Ms Maureen Furlan, and others,who worked closely as one with me throughout my case.

    “I would highly recommend Mr. Montefusco to anyone who want excellent and qualified representation in their case.”

    Chris

  • I am grateful for George Pammer and the Law Office of Robert H. Montefusco employees, they have given me peace of mind.

    “Two months ago I was at my wit's end. I had been in court again for 4 months and it seemed to be going absolutely nowhere. I started debating switching lawyers. I was given a recommendation from a family friend and decided to go and meet with George Pammer. From the moment I walked in, I felt like I was finally being heard. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a positive personality for a pretty grim situation. He did everything to move our case along as the other attorney did every stall tactic there is. I am grateful for George Pammer and the Law Office of Robert H. Montefusco employees, they have given me peace of mind. Tonight I will be able to sleep knowing my son is finally safe. There are not enough thank you's in the world to repay this man.”

    Sybille N.

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