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

-Chris Palermo

Suffolk County Divorce Lawyer

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Dedicated Divorce Attorneys in Suffolk County, NY

Divorce is a major life event that can impact your well-being for many years. I’m Chris Palermo, a Suffolk County Divorce Lawyer with a strong history of successfully handling divorce and family law cases. I am committed to helping couples navigate their divorces smoothly and amicably, aiming to resolve matters as quickly and effectively as possible. Unfortunately, not all divorces can be settled peacefully. When a trial is necessary, I provide strong and aggressive representation. However, this is your divorce, and you have to live with the outcome. That’s why I take the time to listen carefully and understand all your concerns. By giving you essential legal information and effective guidance, we can work together to navigate the difficult challenges you and your family may face. Call us at (631) 780-0085 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with a Suffolk County Divorce Attorney today.

Understanding the Emotional Impact of Divorce

Divorce isn’t just about legal matters; it’s a deeply emotional experience. As your Suffolk County divorce attorney, I understand the emotional impact it has on everyone involved. The stress can affect your work, relationships, and health. My role is to guide you through the legal process while providing a supportive environment where you feel safe and understood. We aim to handle your case with the compassion and empathy it deserves, helping you protect your emotional well-being and legal rights.

The Chris Palermo Advantage: Your Suffolk County Attorney

As a Suffolk County divorce attorney, my commitment sets me apart. I strive to achieve the best possible legal outcomes for you and your family. I understand that dealing with divorce, matrimonial, or family law issues involves very private and sensitive matters. I will be by your side every step of the way, ready to answer your questions and provide effective legal guidance. Here are my promises to you throughout your case:

  • Your initial consultation is always free
  • Either I or my partner Riley Perry will personally represent you from start to finish.
  • You will be kept informed about all aspects of your case.
  • Your calls and emails will be answered within 24 hours.

Meet Chris Palermo

Helping those in need obtain the justice they deserve.

Chris Palermo represents a diverse range of clients in matrimonial and family law matters, dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for each one. To ensure this, Chris or his partner Riley Perry will personally handle your case every step of the way. He promises the following throughout his representation:

  • Your initial consultation is always free.
  • You will be kept informed about all aspects of your case.
  • Your calls and emails will be returned within 24 hours.

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The Experienced Divorce Lawyers You Need

We’re Here for You Every Step of the Way: Contact a Suffolk County Divorce Attorney

As Suffolk County divorce attorneys, our goal is to make your divorce as quick and painless as possible. However, if necessary, we will fight for you because we believe in your best interests. Your spouse and their attorney might try to take advantage of you, but we’ll help you stay focused and level-headed. Sometimes, the other party might try to manipulate your emotions to get what they want. With our experience in matrimonial cases, we’ll ensure you avoid mistakes and don’t agree to anything that could harm you in the future.

Handling Complex Divorce Situations

Some divorce cases are more complicated, especially those involving high net worth individuals or complex asset structures. In these situations, our expertise as Suffolk County divorce lawyers is crucial. We have a strong grasp of financial strategies and asset protection, so we can effectively represent your financial interests in negotiations or court. Whether your case involves real estate, businesses, or extensive investments, we’re well-prepared to handle the financial details of your divorce.

The Importance of Negotiation and Settlement

Although we’re ready to fight vigorously in court if needed, negotiation is often key in divorce proceedings. Effective negotiation can result in amicable settlements that benefit both parties, lowering the emotional and financial costs of litigation. As experienced negotiators, we aim to find solutions that satisfy both sides, making the transition to new phases of life smoother for everyone involved.

We Handle Every Type of Family Court Cases

CChris Palermo and his team have handled thousands of family and divorce cases, with extensive experience in all areas of family law, including divorce, uncontested divorce, divorce mediation, child support, child custody, orders of protection, neglect cases with Child Protective Services, paternity, and adoptions. We carefully manage our caseload to ensure each client receives the personal attention and detail their case deserves. As dedicated Suffolk County divorce attorneys, we understand the impact divorce can have on your life and strive to make this transition as smooth and amicable as possible. While divorce can be stressful, we’re committed to achieving the best outcome for our clients.

Planning for the Future and Adjusting After Divorce

Our support doesn’t end when your divorce is finalized. As Suffolk County divorce attorneys, we’re here to help you plan for a successful post-divorce life. This includes updating your wills and estate plans, revising your financial plans, and connecting you with counseling or support groups if needed. We want to make sure you’re well-prepared to move forward with confidence and security.

What Sets Us Apart?

Choosing the right divorce attorney is essential. With Chris Palermo and our team, you get partners who are dedicated to your best interests. Our extensive experience, personal commitment, and strategic approach are all focused on securing the best possible outcomes for our clients. We’ve built our reputation in Suffolk County on integrity, trust, and client satisfaction, making us a top choice for anyone navigating the challenges of divorce.

Common Questions About Divorce vs. Mediation

Does it Matter if Your Mediator is a Lawyer?

Having a lawyer as your mediator can greatly impact the outcome of your settlement. Legal issues often come up during divorce mediation, and without proper legal advice, you might miss out on important rights. Being well-informed helps you make smart decisions about child custody, property division, or any other issues you’re facing. Mediators without legal knowledge may help you reach a compromise but won’t ensure you consider all the legal factors involved.

How Do the Costs of Divorce Mediation Compare to Those of Divorce Litigation?

According to the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC), average mediation costs for divorce range from $2,000 to $5,000, while litigation can be significantly more expensive per person.

How Does the Time Required for Divorce Mediation Compare to Divorce Litigation?

The NCRC reports that divorce mediation typically takes three to six months, while divorce litigation can take up to two years, depending on the court schedule.

Why Choose Divorce Mediation Instead of Litigation?

In mediation, your private matters stay confidential and aren’t made part of the public record, unlike in court where everything becomes public. Mediation allows you to make decisions yourself rather than having a judge decide for you. It promotes open communication and lets both spouses share their perspectives in a cooperative setting, unlike the adversarial nature of lawsuits.

When is Divorce Litigation a Better Option Than Mediation?

In divorces where one spouse is very dominant or aggressive, the other spouse might be at a disadvantage and feel pressured during mediation. If there are issues like domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, or criminal charges, litigation offers a more secure environment with better legal protection.

Why Might Divorce Litigation Be More Effective for Handling Financial Issues?

If you think your spouse is hiding assets or not being fully transparent about financial matters, litigation allows your attorney to investigate these issues through the discovery process before the trial starts. This process is often the only way to uncover the true financial situation.

What Does the Discovery Process of Litigation Include?

Discovery is the process where both parties exchange information. This includes all communications and documents, which go through your attorneys. It can involve interrogatories, mandatory disclosure statements, requests for documents, depositions, case management conferences, motions, and pre-trial conferences. At the pre-trial conference stage, lawyers might be able to negotiate a settlement instead of going to trial.

Why Is Litigation Sometimes Necessary for Highly Contested Issues?

Effective mediation depends on both parties being willing to communicate. When emotions run high and make it hard to talk, mediation may not resolve conflicts. In these cases, litigation can break through negotiation deadlocks and help couples finalize their divorce.