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Petroske Riezenman & Meyers

OUR APPROACH TO DIVORCE LAW

At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers our lawyers deliver personal attention and an individualized approach to divorce and family law. We will develop a strategy for your case at the outset, and guide you through the tough choices. We will give you an honest and realistic assessment of your situation and recommend the best legal and practical approach, drawing on our knowledge of the relevant law, and decades of experience with procedures and personalities in the courtroom. We work hard to resolve all of our cases and remain committed to finding the best solution, including trial and appeal, if necessary. Based on our experience, we follow the best course of action by advising you about how the Family Court will view your case and what we think is possible given the facts as we find them.
About our firm

Is a Family Law Dispute on the Horizon?

If so, you need an experienced divorce or family law attorney by your side. Whatever the dispute, only we have your best interests at heart.

Family law disputes can arise at any time, often when you least expect them. We meet with many men and women who have said that a divorce happened so suddenly that they were completely blindsided by the experience.

Whether or not you have been anticipating a marital separation, you need an experienced matrimonial and family law attorney by your side. It is very easy to give up key rights during a divorce, and no one will advocate for you—not the judge, not your spouse, and certainly not your spouse’s lawyer. It is up to you to find the right divorce attorney to fight for what you want.

No one marries with the intent to divorce. Nevertheless, close to one out of every two marriages results in a divorce court resolution. Whether you are initiating the divorce or your spouse is, the end of a marriage can be a shocking event, one that might leave you unsure of what you want.

Nevertheless, each spouse has important rights that they must defend during a divorce. One of the key mistakes many marriage partners approach a divorce is to take a hands-off approach and just let it “play out.” Instead, partners should be asking vital questions during the process such as: “Do I want to go back to school? Move out of state with my children? Retain the family home?” It is important to think carefully about your goals.

You will also want to understand what your rights are when it comes to a divorce. For example, you might have a right to:

  • Spousal support or maintenance. You might be entitled to periodic payments from your ex-spouse to help maintain your standard of living or help you obtain the necessary education or work experience so that you can support yourself in the future.
  • Division of marital property. The property you acquired together as a couple needs to be divided by a judge. This can include the family home, vehicles, and retirement accounts. We can help you identify which property qualifies marital property and which assets you should request in the divorce.
  • Assignment of marital debts. You still are responsible for debts you took out as a couple when married, such as your home mortgage. You need an action plan for repayment of these debts so that you and your ex-spouse’s credit scores are not shredded or, even worse, your family loses the home.
  • Issues surrounding pets. Many people today consider their pets like children, and fights can break out over who gets the dog or cat. Although New York once treated pets no differently than other property like pots and pans, the law around pets is changing. We can help you make a compelling argument to the Family Court that you should get the family pet.

Divorce does not need to be contentious, either. Couples can work out issues amicably between themselves and ask the judge to sign off on the agreement. If necessary, you might also participate in mediation where you discuss disagreements with a neutral mediator who can help you find common ground.

When conflict unavoidable, however, our attorneys are not afraid to vigorously protect your rights by demanding a full trial on any contentious issues, and we will advise you when we believe settling a dispute is not in your best interests or the best interests of your children.

For more information about New York divorce, see here.

Judges decide child custody based on the child’s best interests—not what is in the best interest of the parents. Often, clients come to us confused about what type of child custody arrangement they want. There are different arrangements you can seek:

  • Parents can split custody right down the middle, with each parent having the children for an equal amount of time.
  • One parent can have primary physical custody while the other parent gets visitation, which can be every weekend, every other weekend, and/or for long stretches of time during the summer vacation.
  • One parent might have sole custody. Although rare, it is possible to seek sole custody if the other parent is abusive to the children or is otherwise unfit to parent.

Before seeking child custody, you need to carefully consider what child custody arrangement is realistic enough to work and to get a judge’s approval.

Child custody disputes are often some of the most emotional ones that we deal with. Unfortunately, many parents use the children to seek a personal vendetta against the other parent. A sign of that a parent is trying to use children as pawns include unreasonable demands, resistance at turning over documents related to the dispute, and bad mouthing the other parent, sometimes even in front of the judge.

We have gone up against divorce attorneys who routinely encourage their clients to engage in this behavior. Judges rarely are impressed with these tactics, from either parents or legal counsel, so we avoid using them.

At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, we believe in taking a different approach to child custody disputes. Our detailed legal methods begin by understanding what factors a judge uses to make child custody decisions, and then we find relevant evidence to support our preferred outcome.

We are also skilled at anticipating attacks opposing counsel will make on our clients’ lifestyles and reputations. We can forcefully refute any frivolous charges of abuse or neglect and make sure that the judge sees you for the parent that you are.

For more information on child custody services we offer, see here.

Child support is set by a formula created by the legislature. The formula takes into account the income of the noncustodial parent and the number of children being supported. There is some room for a judge to depart from the formula, especially if your child has extraordinary expenses, perhaps because of a mental or physical disability.

At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, clients come to us with a variety of child support issues, such as:

  • How to seek temporary child support for the duration of the divorce.
  • How to obtain more child support than the amount set by the formula.
  • How to minimize the amount of child support paid.
  • How to increase child support after the initial award.
  • How to decrease child support because of a lost job, disability, or retirement

There is no one approach to child custody issues. We have represented both custodial and non-custodial parents, so we understand the issues each parent faces. For more, visit here.

A trial rarely ends a legal dispute. Instead, you might need to appeal, especially if you believe the judge made a critical error that compromised your rights or if there was no evidence to support the Family Court’s decision.

Bringing an appeal is not appropriate in every case, but our firm will help you decide whether you should pursue further litigation if a judge ignores your rights or if the appellate courts will provide a forum for redress.

Very few divorce attorneys are also skilled at bringing appeals. Appellate procedure is unique, and many of the lawyers at Petroske Riezenman & Meyers have argued multiple appeals in the appellate courts. Our Long Island divorce lawyers know how to preserve an issue for appeal and how to build the appropriate evidentiary record in the court down below so that an appellate court feels comfortable overturning the trial court’s decision.

For more information about appeals, please see here.

Practice Areas

Divorce
Divorce

Divorce is a life-changing event, and one that should not be taken lightly or without the consultation of an experienced divorce attorney. There is much at stake during a divorce, and the outcome will likely shape your future for years to come.

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Child Custody
Child Custody

A custody proceeding begins with a petition and can be served with a writ of habeas corpus, notice of petition or order to show cause, depending on the choice of court and the circumstances. We will advise you on the best method to proceed while working to fashion the best presentation of your case in the petition.

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Child Support
Child Support

The New York law which governs the support of children is referred to as the Child Support Standards Act (“CSSA”). According to the CSSA, the basic child support obligation is determined as a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s income less certain deductions

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Appeals
Appeals

An appeal is a formal request that a higher court review a lower court’s order or judgment. It can result in a reversal of the entire lower court order, or just a part of it.

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Client Testimonials

My initial consultation was with Clifford Petroske in March 2015 and he told me to not give up, so I didn’t. Clifford Petroske, Mike Meyers and their wonderful team helped me settle my “after divorce” family court custody case which involved custody of two children. EX was extremely spiteful, lied and did everything to try to make my life miserable. This included using unethical tactics to try to make me give up and constantly dragging the case on and on. I never allowed myself to give up and this law firm gave me the confidence to be strong in pursuing what was in the best interest for the children. This law firm helped change my life and the children’s lives for the better.

Christina

Ryan was hired to handle a very difficult divorce including challenging child custody issues. Ryan was patient while persistent and handled my case in an extremely professional manner with positive results. I highly recommend Ryan to any and all family and friends.

Karen Highly Recommend

I had just went through the worst thing that could have ever happened to me, my wife wanted a divorce. Michael Walter Meyers was a God send. He was compassionate, caring, and professional, he made me laugh at a time when I just wanted to cry. He was on time with everything he said he would do and he got me a fair settlement. He did not allow me to make emotional choices that would affect me for the rest of my life. I am glad that Mr Meyers was my lawyer, I had interviewed two lawyers before I met Michael they were horrible!!! I am so glad I chose Mr Meyers as my Lawyer.

Duane Unexpected life experience!

Debra Welsh was hired to work on my brother's behalf on his divorce case. She was amazing. And by that, I mean she was super conscientious, responded to emails and phone calls promptly (usually within 1 or 2 hours), and was extremely knowledgeable! She walked us through each step and let us know what to expect next. She was patient and most accommodating. The case is almost finalized and she's done an outstanding job from day one!!

Joseph True Professional

I can't thank Katelyn enough for working with me during my divorce. She was professional and very understanding through the whole process. The office staff was always knowledgeable and were always there to answer any questions regarding my case. I will always be grateful to Katelyn for her hard work and dedication. I was satisfied and I will high recommend Katelyn and the firm.

Lleana

More than three years ago I started on a horrible journey of a painful and nightmarish divorce. From my first consultation with Cliff I was given hope and comfort. Over these past years I have truly felt that Cliff and his staff have been by my side, fighting this battle with me and for me. Cliff has an incredible team working for him, which in turn has been working for me. They are professional, compassionate, highly educated and go over and beyond to help you. . . It is because of Cliff that I am emerging from this divorce with a favorable outcome and an excitement for my future. There is no lawyer out there that will fight harder for you.

Ann-Marie
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Why Choose Petroske Riezenman & Meyers

Knowledge

Matrimonial and family law changes often. We stay informed of upcoming amendments and trends in the law. See our Articles, FAQ’s and Videos Library.

Experience

Our attorneys and support staff have dedicated their careers to excellence and professionalism in the practice of matrimonial and family law. Learn more About Us.

Results

We are proud to be highly recommended by the many satisfied clients we have represented over the years in divorce and Family Court cases. See our Client Reviews.

Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, P.C. staff