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Divorce Lawyers in New York City

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If your family is in crisis or in need of legal help, call us. The Mandel Law Firm in New York City provides strong yet compassionate representation in all areas of family law. As experienced trial lawyers, we are ready to fight for you in court if necessary. We promise to aggressively advocate for your interests in a contested divorce, marital property division dispute or any other contentious family law matter.

We understand the importance of being able to negotiate an amicable resolution for all concerned. We can help you negotiate a separation or settlement agreement, and to obtain an uncontested divorce in an expeditious and cost-effective manner. As Steven Mandel says, “It’s important to recognize that peace has its price.”

We recognize and respect your need for information, as well as for thoughtful, practical advice and understanding. Our main goal is always to help you resolve your legal problems as quickly as possible so you can begin to move forward with your life. We know that divorce and other family law issues can have a significant financial impact on families. That’s why we take steps to protect our clients from being saddled with financial responsibilities they may not be able to meet in the future. Contact us today to learn more about this approach and how we can help you.

Top Manhattan Divorce Attorney’s

If you’re undergoing a Divorce in NYC or entangled in a child custody battle, understanding how to protect your rights and interests begins with knowing how to assert them. Our team of lawyers, paralegals, and staff are dedicated to providing you with expert guidance and support every step of the way. We offer personalized solutions to ensure the best possible outcomes for your case. With our very unique skillset, we’ll help you navigate the complexities of divorce law confidently and competently.

“Our legal system works. The trick is to find an attorney who makes it work for you rather than against you.” — Attorney Steven J. Mandel

Keeping the Focus on the Child in Child Custody & Visitation Cases

The Mandel Law Firm works hard to ensure that all parties remember that the real focus in any custody dispute is the child. We work with parents in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, and Nassau counties, and throughout the New York City metro area to reach a result that is in the best interests of the child and works for all parties involved.

Nothing is more heartbreaking than a child caught in the middle of a custody battle. Our child custody & visitation attorneys are parents themselves, so they understand the joys and rewards, trials and tribulations of parenthood. Contact a New York child custody attorney today for experienced and compassionate representation.

Establishing, Modifying and Enforcing Child Support

Child support is mandated by New York State law and must be included in any divorce settlement or decree. Contrary to what some people believe, it is not intended to punish the person required to pay it or reward the custodial parent who receives it. It is for the benefit of a child, and the obligation to pay child support cannot be discharged through bankruptcy or unemployment, and cannot be voluntarily waived by the custodial parent. Our child support attorneys at The Mandel Law Firm will help you understand the law of child support in New York and assist you to establish, modify or enforce child support.

“The sole purpose of child support is to benefit the children. It’s not about rewarding one parent or punishing the other.” — Steven J. Mandel

LGBTQ Family Law

The Mandel Law Firm has been in the forefront of Marriage Equality and all other LGBTQ Family Law issues for many years. We have offered members of the LGBTQ community expert guidance in all areas of Family Law. Whether you are thinking about a prenuptial agreement, contemplating in-vitro fertilization, thinking about doing a second parent adoption, contemplating divorce, or need information on estate planning, The Mandel Law Firm is fully prepared to satisfy your needs.

Many lawyers are gay- friendly, but not many lawyers are as gay- knowledgeable as Steven J. Mandel.

Domestic Violence

Police and civil authorities in New York City and surrounding counties take reports of domestic violence very seriously, and so does The Mandel Law Firm. Unfortunately, the system is not perfect. Without legal representation, victims of domestic assault may find it difficult to take advantage of the legal protections available. Conversely, those accused of an act of domestic assault or spousal abuse may face serious immediate consequences — prior to any determination of guilt or innocence.

At The Mandel Law Firm, we represent clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island and in Nassau and Westchester counties who are facing issues of domestic violence in their household. Whether legitimate or fabricated, an allegation of child or spousal assault must be dealt with effectively and immediately.

Contact us today online or by telephone to speak with an experienced New York domestic violence attorney about your situation during a confidential consultation.

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There for You When You Need Us the Most

Our founder, Steven J. Mandel, is an experienced trial attorney who has seen a lot in practicing law in the tough New York legal scene since 1980. Over the course of his career as a litigator and family law attorney, he has developed a number of maxims that define, sometimes in a humorous way, his view of the legal scene. Some are more original than others, but all will make you think.

What Sets Us Apart?

Committed to Our Values & Your Success

  • Most lawyers plan to win, but we know how to effectuate the plan.

  • The good lawyers know the law, the great lawyers know how to make the law work for you.

  • We help clients keep their lives together when their marriages are falling apart.

  • At The Mandel Law Firm, we’ve earned our reputation for excellence one client at a time.

“Steve and Ellen Mandel have created not only an outstanding law firm, but a supportive community that feels like a family during what may sometimes feel like the most gut-wrenching, heart-breaking part of your life. Divorce is never easy, but Steve, Ellen and the entire staff at the Mandel Law Firm make it just a little easier with their un-failing support, loving warmth and kindness, not to mention their acute legal skills and mental toughness like no other law firm in New York. You will be in the most excellent care with them. I am forever grateful to the Mandel Law Firm!”


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Frequently Asked Questions
Child Support for Custodial Parents

At The Mandel Law Firm, our Top Divorce Attorneys in NY  help people with all aspects of divorce proceedings. We have extensive trial experience handling divorce disputes, with a long track record of successful results:

You don’t have to be a U.S. citizen or be part of a “traditional” family to benefit from our experience. The Mandel Law Firm has helped many immigrants with their family law problems. We are also well-versed in the family law solutions available to the LGBTQ community:

Issues in your home can be especially sensitive and potentially dangerous. Our goal is to ensure the welfare of the innocent:

When children are the subject of a family law dispute, the stakes are raised enormously. Our lawyers help parents find solutions to reduce the amount of emotional trauma children experience as a result of a variety of family issues:

For couples divorcing in New York, alimony or “Spousal Support” is often a crucial issue to consider. The courts officially refer to this as “Maintenance”. What is Spousal Maintenance? It’s where one spouse pays the other either spouse. This money is paid by the higher-earning spouse to the other for a specified time. Watch this short video about this topic to learn more.

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Over his many years of practicing law, Steven J.Mandel has not only been quoted extensively as a legal expert by every major New York newspaper publication as well as national publications, but has regularly shared his insights and legal analysis on both TV and Radio.

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