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“I attribute my overall success to the fact that I truly care.”

-Chris Palermo

New York Divorce Lawyer

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Experienced Divorce Attorneys in New York

Divorce is a life-changing event that affects your quality of life for years to come. My name is Chris Palermo and you can rely on my proven track record in handling all areas of divorce and family law. I work diligently to help divorcing couples resolve their matters optimally and amicably, and whenever possible within the shortest amount of time. Unfortunately, not all divorces can be resolved without a legal battle. When trial becomes inevitable, I prepare powerful, aggressive representation. However, this is your divorce. You must live with the outcome, and for this reason, I am careful to listen attentively and understand all of your concerns. By providing you with vital legal information and effective guidance, together we will navigate the often turbulent and troubling challenges you and your family face. Call our local number: (631) 780-0085 or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation today.

The Chris Palermo Difference: Your New York Divorce Attorney

As an attorney, my level of commitment is what makes the difference. I work earnestly toward achieving the best, possible legal results for you and your family. When dealing with divorce, matrimonial or family law issues, I know you are tackling very private and sensitive issues. I will be at your side during every step of the legal process, ready to answer your questions and to provide effective legal guidance. The following are my pledges to you throughout your representation:

  • Your initial consultation is always free
  • I or my partner Riley Perry will personally represent you from beginning to conclusion of your legal action
  • You can expect to stay informed about all aspects of your case
  • You will receive responses to your calls and emails within 24 hours

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Helping those in need obtain the justice they deserve.

Chris Palermo: Compassionate Counsel

With a reputation for empathy and understanding, Chris Palermo approaches each case with a compassionate perspective. Having served the Suffolk County community for over two decades, Chris has earned the trust and respect of clients facing the emotional and legal challenges of divorce. His personalized approach ensures that clients feel heard and supported throughout every step of the legal process.

Riley Perry: Diligent Advocate

Riley Perry is a relentless advocate for her clients’ rights and interests. Known for her meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to achieving favorable outcomes, Riley leaves no stone unturned in her pursuit of justice. Clients can trust Riley to vigorously fight for their rights and navigate the complexities of divorce proceedings with precision and expertise.

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The Experienced Attorneys You Need

We Are On Your Side Through The Entire Process: Contact a New York Divorce Lawyer

At the Law Office of Chris Palermo, our foremost objective is to streamline your divorce process, aiming for efficiency and minimal discomfort. However, should the situation demand, we are prepared to fiercely advocate for your rights, grounded in our unwavering belief in your case. We recognize the potential for your spouse and their legal representation to employ tactics that may exploit vulnerabilities. Rest assured, we will provide steadfast guidance to maintain your composure and clarity amidst any challenges. It’s not uncommon for the opposing party to attempt emotional manipulation or appeal to sentimentality in negotiations. Leveraging our extensive experience in matrimonial law, we stand vigilant to safeguard you from any decisions or concessions that could adversely impact your future well-being.

We Handle All Types of Family Court Cases

Chris Palermo and his team have handled thousands of family and divorce cases, with extensive experience in all types of family law matters such as

  • Divorce
  • Uncontested divorce
  • Divorce mediation
  • Child Support matters
  • Child Custody Cases
  • Orders of Protection
  • Neglect matters involving Child Protective Services
  • Paternity
  • Adoptions.

At the same time, we limit our caseload so as to give each of our clients the personal time and attention to detail required for their case. We understand the impact a divorce can have on you, and we want to make this turning point in your life as smooth and amicable as possible. Divorce can be stressful, but we are passionate about giving our clients the best outcome.


Divorce Litigation vs. Divorce Mediation: Understanding Your Options

Divorce is a complex and emotionally challenging process, and how you choose to approach it can have a significant impact on the outcome and your overall experience. We understand that each client’s situation is unique, which is why we offer both litigation and mediation services to address your specific needs and goals.

Divorce Litigation

Divorce litigation involves resolving disputes through the court system, with each party represented by their own attorney. This traditional approach often includes formal legal proceedings, such as hearings, depositions, and trials, where a judge ultimately makes decisions on issues like property division, child custody, and support.

What Does the Discovery Process of Litigation Involve?

Discovery is an exchange of information between parties. All exchange of communications, correspondence and information goes through your attorneys and may be in the form of interrogatories, mandatory disclosure statements, requests to produce documents, depositions, case management conferences, motions and pre-trial conferences. Once you reach the pre-trial conference, sometimes lawyers are able to negotiate a settlement rather than having to proceed with trial.

Advantages of Divorce Litigation:

  • Legal Protection: Litigation provides a structured legal process that ensures your rights are protected under the law.
  • Adversarial Representation: Having an attorney advocate on your behalf can be crucial, especially if there are significant disagreements or conflicts with your spouse.
  • Court Intervention: In cases where negotiation fails, litigation allows a judge to make impartial decisions based on the evidence presented.

Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation is a collaborative approach that involves working with a neutral third-party mediator to facilitate discussions and negotiations between you and your spouse. The goal is to reach mutually agreeable solutions on issues related to the divorce, such as division of assets, child custody, and support, without the need for court intervention.
The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) reports that average mediation costs range between $2,000 to $5,000 for divorce, whereas litigation costs can cost considerably more per person. Additionally, average divorce mediation takes three to six months and average divorce litigation takes two years, depending on the court schedule.

Advantages of Divorce Mediation:

  • Control and Flexibility: Mediation empowers you and your spouse to actively participate in the decision-making process and tailor solutions that meet your unique needs and preferences.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Mediation is often less expensive than litigation, as it typically requires fewer formal proceedings and legal fees.
  • Preservation of Relationships: Mediation fosters open communication and collaboration, which can help preserve important relationships, especially when children are involved.
  • Confidentiality: Unlike court proceedings, mediation sessions are confidential, providing a safe space for honest and productive discussions.

Choosing the Right Approach

The decision between litigation and mediation ultimately depends on your individual circumstances, preferences, and goals. We’re committed to helping you navigate this decision and guiding you through the divorce process with compassion, experience, and personalized attention. Whether you choose litigation or mediation, you can trust our experienced team to advocate for your best interests and help you achieve a positive outcome that sets the foundation for a brighter future.