The Family and Matrimonial practice of O’Connell and Aronowitz offers experienced counsel to individuals and families. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of cases involving complex custody, visitation and support issues in counties throughout New York State.
We also provide representation with respect to family offense/domestic violence proceedings, paternity, Juvenile Delinquency and Persons in Need of Supervision proceedings, abuse and neglect allegations, adoption, and name change petitions.
We offer assistance in complex equitable distribution matters involving the valuation of professional licenses, degrees, businesses, stock options, royalty contracts, professional practices, and other forms of intangible property interests.
Our attorneys also provide consultation and drafting of pre-nuptial agreements, pre-marital asset planning and representation in enforcement proceedings.
Most divorce and custody cases are resolved by settlement among the spouses and their divorce lawyers or family law attorneys before a trial takes place. This is generally the most beneficial manner by which to finalize such a lawsuit. A settlement is usually accomplished when each spouse decides to accept a compromise, foregoing some personal demands in exchange for the certainty of an agreed resolution and the comfort of achieving finality to legal proceedings.
Although it is sometimes impossible, for a variety of reasons, to settle a case without a trial, we do encourage our clients to make such efforts with our guidance. We advise our clients to minimize legal proceedings, thereby reducing the harmful effects on themselves and their families and realizing substantial savings of time, stress and legal expenses. Funds and efforts spent on continuing litigation, in pursuit of vengeance, ego or spite, reap no rewards and are never recouped. Peace of mind and closure for the entire family are worthwhile goals.
As an adjunct to our Family and Matrimonial practice, we provide post-judgment services in the fields of estate planning, taxation, and bankruptcy. Our Family and Matrimonial practice is active in our Albany, Latham, Plattsburgh, and Saratoga Springs offices.