Family Lawyer in NYC

Although the family unit offers much in the way of support throughout your life, that same familial unit can cause untold heartache and unrest when things go south.  When it comes to family law cases, there is likely no other situation as common as divorce. These cases often involve child custody disagreements and can even include orders of protection in certain unfortunate situations.

Why It’s important to Hire a Family Attorney For Legal Matters Involving The Family

Divorce, child custody issues, visitation disagreements, spousal support, they are all issues that fall under the family legal heading. Perhaps, you feel you and your former spouse can handle them yourself. Unfortunately, the process of finalizing a divorce and creating a legally binding agreement that is enforceable in court requires the knowledge of a family attorney. Professionals like David Schnall understand the legal process that is required and will guide you step-by-step through the ordeal.

Even if the Relationship Ended Well, You Still Need Guidance

Some couples’ relationships end on a positive note. They might both agree that the relationship was over and even agree on child custody. You might relate to this. However, be warned, just because you and your former spouse begin the process of divorce acting kindly towards another, doesn’t mean you will finish on the same high note. In most cases, it’s only a matter of time before a hot-button issue is addressed and it all goes wrong. When you have a family attorney guiding you, you will be able to avoid the common pitfalls. You also need more than your spouse’s word that you can see your child. You need it written in a legally binding, enforceable document.  Otherwise, a spouse can simply change their mind and you are cut off from your child.

Orders of Protection

On the other end of the spectrum are relationships where things went badly. You might be forced to file an order of protection against your former spouse if they are threatening or harassing you. In some cases, this order might extend to your children as well.  The idea behind the Family Court order of protection is to stop violence within the family unit. An order of protection doesn’t have to be tied to a divorce case, but current and former spouses are often the ones in need of such an order.

Child Custody and Support

Child support and child custody are often highly contested points at the end of any relationship that involved children. This makes perfect sense. After all, just because a person stops loving their spouse or significant other, doesn't mean they suddenly stop caring about their children. They still want to play an active role in their children's lives and many times divorce provides a challenge to the present relationship status.


Divorce matters are always heard in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Each county within the state has their matrimonial part of the Supreme Court. In New York, you have to have grounds for divorce, and New York is not a common law marriage state.

Family Law Attorney – David Schnall, PLLC – Attorney at Law

David Schnall, PLLC – Attorney at Law is here for you regarding your family law matter. He understands that no two relationships are the same, and each requires a slightly different approach when it comes to divorce or other family issues. He is ready to help you, no matter what kind of relationship you have.

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