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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.

Call (631) 801-0007 now to get started.

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  • I wish I could give more than 5 stars for Robert.

    “Appreciate the kindness and support, it means so much to me. Useful advice, I highly recommended. I wish I could give more than 5 stars for Robert.”

    Emma I.

  • Robert, I want you to know you are a blessing! AND THANK YOU!!!

    “You are so knowledgeable and took so much time with me… for that I am so thankful!!!!”

    Lynn M.

  • I would highly recommend the Montefusco Law team as they were all great, if you want to put your best foot forward they are the team to do it with.

    “I had the honor of working with George Pammer. He is a great attorney and from the beginning until the end of my custody battle he was honest, thorough, knowledgable, aggressive, and very tactful, but also empathetic and understanding. I would highly recommend the Montefusco Law team as they were all great, if you want to put your best foot forward they are the team to do it with.”

    Nicholas P.

  • 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

  • Attorney Montefusco is absolutely the best – – Period.

    “It’s truly a privilege to be represented by an attorney I feel is the best and I never worry when Robert’s by my side.”

    Francis

  • 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

  • His passion for his work is unparalleled.

    “He fought for me every step of the way.”

    Genie

  • What was most impressive, was his caring, both for the child and us, the grandparents.

    “The court awarded us custody and the child never entered the foster care system.”

    John

  • I had an exceptional experience during a very difficult time.

    “All details taken care of, no loose ends.”

    Guy

  • 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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