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Family Law and Divorce Attorneys in Long Island Serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties

In the complex and often confusing area of matrimonial and family law, White, Cirrito & Nally, LLP, Attorneys at Law offers knowledgeable and supportive guidance to our clients. During this difficult time, it is important that clients receive individualized representation by an attorney who not only knows the law, but also understands the client’s goals and expectations.

Experienced Long Island family law attorneys

Our knowledgeable family law attorneys will handle the essential legal matters of your divorce or separation for you, such as spousal support, child custody and equitable distribution of assets, giving you the space to deal with the emotional challenges facing you and your family. We have the experience to provide you with an expectation of the most likely outcome of your property separation or custody dispute so that you can best plan for your new future. Partner Mary Ellen Cirrito heads up our family law practice. She has more than 30 years of experience as a New York divorce and family law attorney, and is also a certified mediator in divorce and family law matters.

New York divorce law

Irretrievable breakdown of a marriage has recently become a ground for divorce in many jurisdictions, and essentially has established a no-fault divorce situation in New York. To prove to the court that your marriage has suffered from an irretrievable breakdown, the law requires that:

  • New York residency requirements must be met
  • The husband-wife relationship has been irretrievably broken for at least six months
  • The husband or wife must affirm under oath that the marriage is irretrievably broken

The question of what constitutes an irretrievable breakdown of a marriage is left open to interpretation. Our experience in this area can help you best present your position to the courts.

New York child custody

Child custody is determined by what is in the best interests of the child. Neither parent is presumed at the outset of a custody battle to be the best choice for custody of the child. We attempt to develop child custody agreements that allow both parents to each remain important in the life and development of the child. If an agreement cannot be reached, we are zealous advocates for our clients in family law matters.

The custody possibilities generally fall into a few categories:

  • Sole custody to one parent with the right of visitation to the other
  • Joint custody to both parents
  • Zones of decision-making between the parents

The determination of zones of decision-making involve many criteria and interests, and is determined on a case-by-case basis. The zones can be in such areas as religion, education, health, extracurricular activities, finances and citizenship.

Marital property division in New York

Marital property division in New York is on an equitable or fair basis, and not on an equal basis. The location and identification of assets as well as the valuation of the assets can be a complex determination necessitating consultation with investigators and experts. Additionally, the determination of an equitable distribution of the assets may often lead to extended and contentious fighting between the parties. You need to consult an experienced family law attorney in Long Island for representation on these matters.

Long Island attorneys dedicated to client care and zealous legal representation in family law

At White, Cirrito & Nally, LLP, Attorneys at Law, in Hempstead, NY, we pledge to provide each client with individualized service. Our attorneys will always be accessible and attentive to your needs. Call us at 516-292-1818 or contact us online.


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