Divorce Attorney in Manhattan
Reliable Legal Advice for Your Divorce in Manhattan, Queens & Brooklyn
If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, the road ahead likely seems daunting. The divorce process is often marked by strong emotions, heated disputes, and difficult decisions. There are several issues that will need to be addressed, including alimony, child custody, child support, and distribution of property.
Working with an experienced divorce lawyer in Manhattan can make a significant difference in both the process and outcome of your case. At the Law Office of Julio E. Portilla, P.C., our goal is to help you get through your divorce with minimal stress and maximum results. Our family law attorney has the experience and knowledge to handle all facets of your case and is committed to ensuring your needs are met at every stage of the legal process.
We are here to help you overcome the legal, emotional, and financial burdens of divorce. Call (917) 909-6166 today to schedule your free consultation.
Uncontested Vs. Contested Divorce in NY
In New York, there are two main types of divorce, including:
An uncontested divorce is one in which the spouses can reach an agreement on all the terms of their divorce. The cost of an uncontested divorce can be dramatically lower than in other cases as it avoids the cost and stress of litigation. Also, spouses can remain in control of the outcome of their case, rather than leaving it in the hands of a judge.
A contested divorce is when spouses cannot agree on all divorce-related issues, including the divorce itself, child custody, spousal support, or the division of property. Often, a contested divorce is more complicated than an uncontested divorce, since a judge will rule on every aspect of the divorce. From your initial consultation and throughout the entire process to the ultimate conclusion, we communicate clearly with you regarding the options available to you and we always value the input of our clients about the strategy of the case.
What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Manhattan?
New York is a no-fault divorce state. This means that spouses may file for divorce based on there being an “irretrievable breakdown” in their marriage for at least six months. In other words, if you and your spouse can’t get along anymore and there is no chance for reconciliation to take place, you can get a divorce.
Prior to a court granting a no-fault divorce, the couple will need to show that they have resolved all matters pertaining to their divorce. This can either be done by creating an agreement or by having the court make decisions for them.
While it is not required, spouses may seek a fault-based divorce if they believe it would be advantageous. The spouse who files for the divorce will need to prove that the other spouse committed the particular misconduct they have been accused of.
An at-fault divorce may be filed on the basis of at least one of the following grounds:
- Abandonment for a year or more
- Incarceration for at least three consecutive years during the marriage
- Cruel and inhuman treatment creating an unsafe living environment
Alternatively, spouses may choose to file for divorce based on separation. The requesting spouse would need to demonstrate that the couple lived apart for a minimum of one year because of either a court-ordered judgment of separation or a formal written agreement. In addition, the filing spouse would have to provide proof that they adhered to all the terms and conditions of the judgment or agreement.
Contact Our Firm Today
The Law Office of Julio E. Portilla, P.C. is here to guide you through every stage of your divorce. Our Manhattan divorce attorney can ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible and that you achieve a fair settlement.
The majority of the firm's clients are referrals. This is a testament to their faith in Attorney Portilla's ability to provide the best legal counsel and advocacy.
When you hire Attorney Portilla you can count on transparent communication regarding your case and fast response times on all questions!
For your safety and convenience, The Law Office of Julio E. Portilla, P.C. offers phone and video consultations as well as same-day appointments.
The team at The Law Office of Julio E. Portilla, P.C. is multilingual and serves its clients in English, Spanish and French.
Attorney Portilla takes the time to listen, walk you through the process, and create a personalized strategy for your case.
Attorney Portilla is a proven litigator who has vast experience handling various cases types in a courtroom successfully.
He not only guided me in my most difficult moments, but he was determined and positive at all times.- Kat Sykes
He helped us every step of the way and made us feel so comfortable during a very difficult time.- Anahida
He was there for me in my time of need when I thought I had no options.- Iris
I never felt lost, and the entire process was very stress-free thanks to Mr. Portilla.- Happy Client
He was there for us every step of the way and would recommend his services to anyone who needs a reliable lawyer.- A. Ovan