Family Law

Family ties are thought to be the most private and enduring relationships in society. As most can attest, however, these relationships are rarely free from conflict. When domestic issues cannot be solved within the home, family law seeks to restore order and provide a fair solution for all parties involved.
For many, family law is thought to be synonymous with divorce proceedings. In reality, divorce is just a small part of family law which covers a broad array of domestic issues including adoption, premarital agreements, paternity and child support issues.

When legal action is necessary to resolve familial matters, it is essential that you entrust your most private matters with a compassionate and knowledgeable family law attorney. Our dedicated attorneys and staff serve as good listeners, confidants and advocates for all of our clients during their most difficult times.


Domestic Violence/Family Offense/Order of Protection

Domestic violence is unfortunately prevalent in many relationships and may include harassment, assault, sexual abuse or neglect.  If you or someone you love has been physically or emotionally abused by their spouse or another relative, you should contact the police and an experienced lawyer who can inform you of your rights.  Our dedicated attorneys will work to obtain an Order of Protection from the court to ensure your physical safety.

In the case of marital abuse, if you wish to pursue a legal separation or divorce in light of the events, our legal team can advise you on the best steps to keep you safe and dissolve the marriage as fast as possible while keeping your best interests in mind.

Our entire staff understands the sensitive nature of domestic violence and will strive to provide you with peace of mind throughout the proceedings. Should you require additional support beyond the legal realm, we can refer you to other professionals and resources to address all of your needs and begin the healing process.

Family law raises emotional and legal challenges for all parties involved. In such cases, it is essential that you surround yourself with trusted advisors and friends. Our law firm provides you with the legal and emotional support needed to get you back on your feet. We look forward to hearing your story and finding ways to help you through what is likely a transformational time in your life.

If you are the victim of domestic violence — or if someone threatens the safety of anyone in your home, resources exist to help ensure your safety. The lawyers at The Codjovi Law Firm can help you escape the abuse. If you have access to a safe computer that is inaccessible to the abuser, you can find extensive information from the National Domestic Violence Hotline online, or call for immediate protection at 1–800–799–SAFE (7233). Other resources include: the Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hrs.) at 1-800-942-6906 and for Spanish (9 AM-5 PM) 1-800-942-6908 and the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720.

Family Justice Center of Erie County
237 Main Street, 14th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 558-SAFE (7233)
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Monday – Friday


Orchard Park Satellite

4383 South Buffalo Street
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Phone: 716-662-0259
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday & Friday)


Amherst Satellite

PARKING INFORMATION: follow the arrows around the back of the church, park behind the house and enter through the back door.

330 North Forest
Amherst, NY 14221
Phone: 716-634-4309