Having An Experienced Divorce Attorney Can Help You Avoid Costly Mistakes From Rushed Decisions!

 You may have recently received divorce papers or you may be considering whether it is time to file for divorce.  Before you decide how to proceed with the divorce, you will need to make sure your rights and interests are protected.  To help you understand your options and rights and evaluate all aspects of a New York divorce action, schedule a free consultation with The Law Office of Laurence S Margolin.  Our firm believes that every client deserves superior legal representation and individual attention at reasonable rates.  He will listen to you and work hard to make sure your rights are protected from beginning to end.  The Law Office of Laurence S. Margolin understands the importance of having a dedicated and tireless advocate in whom to entrust your divorce or family law matter, and we work with clients to tailor a financial arrangement that will work for every budget. 

If you contact us, an attorney from our firm will review your situation and advise you. At the consultation, we will outline the steps of the divorce process in detail so that you know exactly what to expect.  We will discuss a plan for your specific case to ensure the best approach for you.  We recommend you call us today and meet with an attorney from our firm even before you are sure that you want to go through with the divorce. We can help you to understand your legal options and answer any questions you may have.


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At Your First Meeting With Us

We will let you know what documents you need to collect or create. For example, we urge you to fill out the proper New York State Divorce Forms that state the grounds for divorce (the marriage is irretrievably broken down for at least six months), the number of children you have and your plans regarding child custody and asset distribution. You should also collect your tax returns, bank statements, and proof of debt. Doing so at the beginning of divorce proceedings will help the process go faster, which will be cheaper and easier for you.

The residency requirements for divorce in New York are as follows:

  • At least one spouse must be a  New York resident for at least one year before filing for divorce
  • The couple was married in New York
  • The couple lived as husband and  wife in New York State for at least one year before filing for divorce
  • The grounds for divorce took place in New York State and both parties were residents at the time of the commencement of the action for divorce

How Easy Is It To Change Attorneys?

Simply call the Law Office of Laurence S. Margolin and set up an appointment to meet with a member of our dedicated staff. We will then do the following:

  • Contact your previous lawyer
  • Prepare a Consent to Change Attorney Form and arrange for your prior attorney to sign it
  • Have your file delivered to us
  • Get the balance of any fees from your prior attorney sent to you
  • Find out the balance of any fees your prior attorney claims to be owed by you

The Law Office of Laurence S. Margolin will speak directly with your former attorney and arrange for them to sign a Consent to Change Attorney.


We will also file the Consent Form and Retainer Agreement with the Court to ensure a smooth transition. There is no charge for this service.

Our goal is to empower you to make the best decisions that will bring positive change to your life

The two most common questions we get asked are

(1) How much with this cost me? 

(2) how long will it take?

 The answer depends on which one of category your divorce or family law matter falls into: 



 The sooner you resolve your divorce problems, the sooner you can move on with your life.  If both you and your spouse are in agreement on all of the marital issues, we can get you results quickly for a low cost.  I will meet with both of you to go over everything that needs to be in your divorce settlement. Equitable distribution of marital property, spousal support, child support, child custody and visitation schedules must be agreed upon. 


If your Spouse has engaged an Attorney to draft paperwork, and has provided you with the documents for your review and signature, before you sign them, schedule a free consultation with the Law Office of Laurence Margolin.  For a limited and set cost, the Law Office of Laurence S. Margolin, LLC can review these documents with you and provide counsel including what each provision means, whether it complies with the law, and whether it represents a reasonable outcome for you.



 These cases are more complex because of the type and number of issues to be resolved.  For these complex divorces, we have the compassion, experience, and dedication that it takes to represent you aggressively and bring your spouse 

to settlement or trial. 

Complex Divorce includes:

  • Disputed Child Custody,  
  • Child Support, 
  • Equitable Distribution (fair asset division), 
  • Spousal Maintenance, 
  • Child Support, 
  • Retirement Account Evaluation, Business Evaluation
  • Real Estate Interests Evaluation. 

If both parties cannot agree on global terms the divorce may necessitate a trial to resolve  the contested issues.  While we make every effort to settle every case, we have extensive trial experience and if necessary the Law Office of Laurence S. Margolin is prepared to go to trial to represent your interests.

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