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Suffolk County Divorce Law Firm

Divorce Law Firm in Bohemia, NY

Divorce is a significant legal matter. The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. understands what is at stake when individuals face a stressful and uncertain road. As a compassionate and experienced Suffolk County divorce law firm with over 20 years of service to Long Island, we have the knowledge and legal prowess to represent your needs and protect your rights. Before a divorce can be finalized, there are certain issues that must be resolved between you and your spouse. These issues include, but are not limited to child support, child custody, alimony, and division of assets.

At The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C., we understand that the divorce process can be emotionally exhausting and stressful. However, when you retain our representation, we will fight to achieve your goals in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Our mission is to help you obtain the outcome you deserve. If you need quality legal support through these tough times, our firm is here to help. Contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. for a consultation.

Divorce Process

Residency Requirement

Divorce cases in New York State must first satisfy the residency requirement. The court can establish jurisdiction if:

  • One or both parties have lived in the state without interruption for at least two years
  • One or both parties have lived in the state in the year before the divorce case and the couple either got married in NY, lived in NY as a married couple, or the grounds for divorce happened in NY.
  • Both are residents on the day of filing for divorce

Grounds for Divorce

In October of 2010, the state of New York became the 50th state in the United States to enact no-fault divorce. Under this law, you may obtain a no-fault divorce when you cite an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship for at least 6 months. Essentially, a no-fault divorce entails that the spouse pursuing a divorce does not have to prove grounds for the divorce. Each spouse can request that their marriage dissolves simply because that is what they desire. With that in mind, it is still one’s right to file fault grounds. If you are seeking a fault-based divorce, the legal proceedings will be expedited and you must prove one of the following:

  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Abandonment for at least one year
  • Institutionalization
  • Imprisonment

Trusted legal guidance every step of the way

After you have filed a complaint, your spouse will have 35 days to respond. The moment you enlist our assistance, we will perform a thorough review of your case to help us establish a personalized plan of action that suits the needs of you and your family. We will help you identify all of your marital property and build a proposal that states your child support or spousal maintenance.

Contact an experienced divorce attorney

The divorce process can be complex and we understand that you are likely facing many questions and concerns about your rights, assets, and future. When you work with our firm, we can address all of your concerns and answer all of your questions in order to help you obtain the peace of mind you deserve. Whether you are facing a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce, we are here for you when you need us most. As our client, you receive the compassionate service and aggressive representation you deserve. Do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. for a consultation.

Why choose our firm?

We have an excellent AVVO rating from our many happy clients

We will tirelessly pursue a favorable resolution to your case

We offer aggressive and effective representation

We treat our clients with the compassion, patience, and respect that they deserve

We have more than 20 years of dedicated legal experience

We have the legal knowledge necessary to help you obtain the outcome you desire

We tailor our practice to the representation of your divorce case

What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. proudly serves clients throughout Suffolk County, New York in their divorce, family law, and estate planning matters. If you require the services of an experienced Suffolk County attorney, schedule a consultation with The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.

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