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Our firm is one of the largest matrimonial law firms in New York City that offers all three ways to divorce. Let us help you choose the best option for you and your family. 

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Long Island Divorce Attorneys

Litigation

The traditional way to resolve an adversarial divorce is to go to trial. Our Long Island attorneys are highly skilled in divorce litigation and know how to approach every family legal issue that you seek to bring up in court. Some common divorce disputes that are brought up in trial include:

  • child custody;
  • child support;
  • alimony/spousal maintenance;
  • property division.

In litigation, your lawyer will represent your spousal interests before a judge, whether that be arguing for possession of the marital home or any investment assets or joint physical custody. The judge will hear both spouses’ sides and order a final settlement based on both spouses’ standards of living and, most importantly, the child’s best interests. The settlement will be legally binding, and both spouses are expected to comply with the judge’s final orders.

Collaborative Law

Litigation is not the default method for settling a divorce, however. At Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, we specialize in alternative dispute resolution methods as well, including collaborative law. Rather than going straight to litigation, you and your divorcing spouse may consider the collaborative law process, where each spouse is represented by a collaborative lawyer in face-to-face meetings to address the issues they need to resolve. n this collaborative process, both parties will all work together to craft a mutual final agreement. Note that if either spouse wants to go to court, the collaborative process ends.

The collaborative process is often favorable for spouses who are willing to communicate and compromise, and the non-adversarial nature allows them more room to negotiate the outcome they want, rather than deferring to a judge’s default decision. This is one way for spouses to openly discuss their needs and interests post-divorce and integrate that into an agreement drafted by themselves.

Mediation

Similar to collaborative divorce, mediation is also an alternative dispute resolution method for spouses to settle an agreement outside of court. In mediation, spouses will meet and discuss their interests and needs after divorce, such as the custody arrangement they both want and how they will divide their marital property. Mediation will be facilitated by a trained third-party mediator, whose purpose is to guide the conversation towards a productive path. The mediator has no decision-making authority and serves only to facilitate negotiation and help both parties write up the final agreement for approval from the court. Note that mediation is often a required step before litigation.

Mediation is a good way for spouses to retain their decision-making power for their own future, as they can openly discuss between themselves what they seek, rather than having a public trial issue a final (and often impersonal) decision. Note that it is possible for spouses to settle some but not all matters in mediation, though in such a case the rest of the disputes must be resolved through litigation.

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  • CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO DIFFICULT & COMPLEX PROBLEMS

    All families and marriages are unique - our attorneys take the time to listen to our clients to fully understand the circumstances of their case. Only then do we advise the best legal option for their goals.

  • PROMPT RESPONSES TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND INQUIRES

    Divorce is a time of transition. We understand the emotional and financial stress that clients experience during the divorce process – from day one our team ensures that we provide our clients with prompt feedback so that they are updated on their case every step of the way.

  • CHOICES AND OPTIONS TAILORED TO EACH CASE

    We are one of the only Manhattan divorce law firms offering all three options for divorce: litigation/negotiation, collaborative law, and mediation - providing custom strategies and solutions for our clients.

  • INDUSTRY THOUGHT LEADERS DEDICATED TO YOUR SUCCESS

    Our attorneys provide frequent expert legal commentary for national media outlets and have been quoted in numerous publications including Fox's Business, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News and many more.

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If you are going through a divorce in Long Island, contact our team of attorneys at Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein to help you settle your divorce disputes. We specialize in all 3 divorce processes and can provide the professional and informed guidance you need to make sure your goals and needs are addressed in your settlement agreement.

Call (212) 466-6015 or contact Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein online to get started.

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