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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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Experienced Divorce Attorneys in Suffolk County, NY

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 as a Suffolk County Divorce Lawyer 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 resolve 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 with a Suffolk County Divorce Attorney today.

Understanding the Emotional Aspects of Divorce

Divorce is not just a legal process; it is a highly emotional journey. As your Suffolk County divorce attorney, I recognize the emotional toll it takes on all involved parties. The strain can affect your work, your relationships, and your health. It is my job not only to guide you through the legal complexities but also to provide a supportive environment where you can feel safe and understood. We strive to handle your case with the compassion and empathy it deserves, helping you maintain your emotional well-being while safeguarding your legal rights.

The Chris Palermo Difference: Your Suffolk County Attorney

As a Suffolk County divorce 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

Meet Chris Palermo

Helping those in need obtain the justice they deserve.

Chris Palermo represents a wide array of clients in matrimonial and family law matters and is committed to achieving optimal results for every client. Toward this end, Chris or his partner Riley Perry will personally represent each client every step of the way. He pledges the following throughout his representation:

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

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The Experienced Divorce Lawyers You Need

We Are On Your Side Through The Entire Process: Contact a Suffolk County Divorce Attorney

Our goal as Suffolk County divorce attorneys is to make your divorce as quick and painless as possible. But if need be, we will fight for you, because we believe in you. Your spouse and his/her attorney may try to take advantage of you. But we will keep you level-headed. Sometimes the opposing party will try to tug at your heartstrings or play with your emotions in an attempt to compromise. With our experience in matrimonial cases, we will make sure that you aren’t making any mistakes or compromising on anything that will hurt you in the long run.

Navigating Complex Divorce Scenarios

Some divorce cases are more complex than others, especially those involving high net worth individuals or complex asset structures. In these situations, our expertise as Suffolk County divorce lawyers becomes invaluable. We have a robust understanding of financial strategies and asset protection, ensuring that your financial interests are well-represented in negotiations or in court. Whether it involves real estate, businesses, or extensive investments, we are equipped to handle the financial intricacies of your divorce case.

The Role of Negotiation and Settlement

While we are prepared to fight vigorously in court, negotiation often plays a critical role in divorce proceedings. Effective negotiation can lead to amicable settlements that serve the best interests of both parties, reducing the emotional and financial costs of litigation. As experienced negotiators, we focus on finding win-win solutions that respect the wishes of both parties, facilitating smoother transitions into new phases of life.

We Handle All Types of Family Court Cases

Chris Palermo and his team of divorce lawyers 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, and 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 as a dedicated Suffolk County divorce attorney. 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.

Future Planning and Post-Divorce Transition

Our commitment to you does not end with the finalization of your divorce. As Suffolk County divorce attorneys, we are dedicated to assisting you in planning for a successful post-divorce life. This includes revising wills and estate plans, adjusting financial plans, and providing referrals to counseling and support groups if needed. We aim to ensure that you are well-prepared to face the future confidently and securely.

Why Choose Us?

Choosing the right divorce attorney is crucial. With Chris Palermo and our team, you gain partners who are committed to your best interests. Our extensive experience, personal dedication, and strategic approach are geared towards achieving the most favorable outcomes for our clients. Our reputation in Suffolk County is built on integrity, trust, and client satisfaction, making us a top choice for anyone facing the challenges of divorce.

Common Questions About Divorce vs. Mediation

Does it Matter Whether Your Mediator is a Lawyer or Not?

Having a lawyer act as your mediator can make a significant difference in the outcome of your settlement. Legal issues often arise during divorce mediation, and without legal information, you may sacrifice certain rights entitled by law. It is vital to be informed so you can make wise decisions about child custody, property division or whatever issue is being addressed. Mediators who lack legal knowledge are simply guiding parties to a reach a compromise without enabling them to take legal factors into consideration.

How Do Divorce Mediation Costs Compare With Divorce Litigation Costs?

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.

What is the Time Savings Difference Between Divorce Mediation and Litigation?

According to the NCRC, average divorce mediation takes three to six months and average divorce litigation takes two years, depending on the court schedule.

What are Some Reasons to Choose Divorce Mediation Over Litigation?

In mediation, private matters are kept confidential instead of aired in open court and made part of public record. In mediation, clients can decide for themselves instead of having a judge make decisions for them. Mediation encourages open communication and allows spouses to express their views. It occurs in a cooperative environment, whereas lawsuits are adversarial.

When is Divorce Litigation a Better Choice Than Mediation?

In divorces that involve a very dominating or forceful spouse, the less dominant spouse may be at a disadvantage and unfairly influenced during mediation. When domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse or criminal charges are issues, litigation provides a secure environment that offers greater legal protection.

Why is Divorce Litigation Sometimes More Effective in Dealing With Financial Matters?

If you suspect your spouse is hiding assets or financial facts are not being revealed, then litigation allows your attorney to take investigatory actions through the discovery process before trial begins. Sometimes this is the only way to uncover what is really going on.

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.

Why is Litigation Sometimes the Answer to Highly Contested Issues?

Effective mediation requires a willingness to communicate. When emotions run strong making communication impossible, mediation cannot help you settle conflicts. Litigation overcomes deadlocks in negotiations or mediation, enabling couples to finalize divorce.