Matrimonial Law

The breakup of a relationship is a difficult and emotional time. It requires making complex decisions to separate two people's lives. Individuals may feel overwhelmed trying to tackle the seemingly endless questions — How will money and property be divided? Where will my minor children live? Will I have the financial resources to support myself? The Codjovi Law Firm has answers.

The Codjovi Law Firm provides comprehensive legal representation to clients throughout the divorce or legal separation process. Our lawyers are by your side every step of the way beginning with the initial divorce filing through the negotiation process, litigation in front of both family court and Supreme Court, and the appeals process. We also help clients modify existing divorce agreements to better reflect the realities of their daily lives.

 

Divorce - Contested and Uncontested

Divorce proceedings usually involve intense emotions and significant expense. Decisions made during a divorce or legal separation process have far-reaching consequences on family relationships, parent-child bonds and the financial health of both spouses.

Our dedicated matrimonial attorneys can work with you throughout your divorce to minimize the emotional strain and cost normally associated with these proceedings. Our attorneys handle both complex contested and “simple” uncontested divorces.

During the divorce proceedings, we will assess all of the assets and debts involved and strive to attain the fairest possible distribution of marital assets for our clients.  When appropriate, we will work closely with you to guarantee proper financial support through spousal support. If children are involved, we will work with you to obtain custody of your children, child support payments or help in the development of a parenting plan, if preferred.

The Codjovi Law Firm will not mediate or settle cases unless it is in our clients' best interests. However, we never encourage litigation when a beneficial settlement agreement can be reached. We rely on our experience to craft comprehensive, smart legal strategies that protect our clients' interests, resolve their legal disputes, and help them move forward with their lives.

 

Contested Divorce

Contested divorce is still an option in Buffalo. Contested means that the two partners cannot agree on the terms to end their marriage.

The process of getting a contested divorce can be very stressful. Sometimes litigation must be commenced in order to protect the rights of each party. However, sometimes a contested divorce is the only way that a spouse can receive a fair and equitable settlement. The reasons for a divorce normally do not have an impact on the financial resolution. This comes as a surprise to most couples. There is a common misconception that the spouse guilty of wrongdoing will be punished financially. The reality is that under New York State Law that unless the fault is termed "egregious" there will be no financial change.

 

Uncontested Divorce

In an uncontested divorce, couples mutually agree to terms that they find fair and reasonable. This allows a family to move forward without bitterness. Experienced divorce lawyers help couples negotiate settlement terms.

Even if a divorce is uncontested, it is still vital to have capable legal representation. Often, when faced with the prospect of a quick and easy marital dissolution, individuals fail to adequately examine the terms of their settlement agreement. The right divorce lawyer in Buffalo can help determine whether the terms are fair to you—and, if they are not, what can be done to change them.