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Effective Family Lawyers Handle Matrimonial and Parenting Cases

Dedicated advocates assist clients in Roslyn and New York City

With offices in Roslyn, Long Island, and Lower Manhattan, Van Horn & Friedman PC provides exceptional family law representation to New Yorkers. Founding attorneys Alissa L. Van Horn, Esq., and Meredith Sales Friedman, Esq., have more than two decades of legal experience and use the knowledge they’ve gained to advance the rights of their clients in matrimonial litigation, parenting matters and other types of household legal concerns. We have earned a strong reputation throughout the area for giving clients staunch support in a full range of family law matters and can help you overcome whatever challenge you are facing.

Knowledgeable advisers help spouses navigate the divorce process

Ending a marriage is always sad and stressful, but knowledgeable legal guidance can help protect your interests and well-being. Our lawyers provide thorough advice on matrimonial law issues such as:

  • Custody — We provide personal attention to each matter, so we are able to argue authoritatively for child custody arrangements that are truly in the best interests of young people. Whether you are seeking sole or joint custody, we will make every effort to construct a safe, positive environment for your son or daughter.
  • Property division — When a New York couple divorces, the marital property that they have accumulated is divided according to the principle of equitable distribution. This means that if an agreement cannot be worked out, the judge decides what is fair by looking at various types of information. This result, however, does not have to be an even split.
  • Spousal support — Many factors can come into play when a court determines whether a spouse is entitled to maintenance payments after their marriage is terminated. We will examine your age, health, earning ability and other information and help you understand how this situation might be handled. We are assertive advocates for both payer and recipient spouses in these cases.

Whether your breakup is amicable or unpleasant, we will focus on delivering an outcome that allows you and your children to live comfortably and peacefully.

Skilled counselors use mediation to resolve contested divorce issues

When litigation can be avoided, divorcing spouses can lessen the time and expense associated with marriage dissolution. Our attorneys use mediation to help resolve disagreements relating to property division, alimony, child custody and other matters. During this process, a qualified third party assesses the relevant facts and encourages consensus to settle disputes so that both parties can move on to new chapters in their lives.

Accomplished attorneys litigate child support disputes

Our firm represents clients in matters under the jurisdiction of the New York Child Support Standards Act. Whether parents were married or not, a noncustodial father or mother is required to make payments to fund their child’s expenses. Though many of these cases are governed by a formula, disputes can arise when incorrect information is provided or someone intentionally avoids earning income to escape their obligations. We are zealous advocates for custodial and noncustodial parents in initial determinations as well as in enforcement and modification proceedings.

Compassionate Roslyn law firm assists with adoptions

Adding a child to your family through adoption is a wonderful act and a tremendous commitment. Because finding the right home is so important, many procedural hurdles exist for both domestic and international adoptions. Our experienced lawyers can help you anticipate each stage of the adoption process and prepare the documentation that is necessary to establish legal parenthood.

Diligent lawyers draft prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements

At the outset of a marriage, no one is thinking about divorce. Unfortunately, many marriages don’t work out, and spouses are left wishing they had protected their legal and financial rights. We understand that discussing prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements can be awkward, but we present your options with honesty and sensitivity so that each of you can be comfortable with the resulting document.

Contact a resourceful New York family law attorney to make an appointment

Van Horn & Friedman PC represents New Yorkers in divorce litigation, custody disputes and other family law matters. Please call 866-205-8221 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at one of our offices, located in Roslyn and downtown Manhattan.

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Our Offices
  • Nassau County Office
    2 Main Street
    Suite 1
    Roslyn, New York 11576
    Phone: 516-277-2772
    Fax: 516-294-3225
  • Manhattan Office
    132 Nassau Street
    Suite 900
    New York, New York 10038
    Phone: 516-277-2772
    Fax: 516-294-3225
  • Suffolk County Office
    155 Higbie Lane
    West Islip, New York 11795
    Phone: 516-277-2772
    Fax: 516-294-3225