Award-Winning, Long Island Suffolk County Divorce Lawyer
Divorce is a life-changing event that affects your quality of life for years to come. My name is Chris Palermo and you can rely on my proven track record in handling all areas of divorce and family law. I work diligently to help divorcing couples resolve their matters optimally and amicably, and whenever possible within the shortest amount of time. Unfortunately, not all divorces can resolve without a legal battle. When trial becomes inevitable, I prepare powerful, aggressive representation. However, this is your divorce. You must live with the outcome, and for this reason, I am careful to listen attentively and understand all of your concerns. By providing you with vital legal information and effective guidance, together we will navigate the often turbulent and troubling challenges you and your family face. Call our local number: (631) 780-0085 or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation today.
As an attorney, my level of commitment is what makes the difference. I work earnestly toward achieving the best, possible legal results for you and your family. When dealing with divorce, matrimonial or family law issues, I know you are tackling very private and sensitive issues. I will be at your side during every step of the legal process, ready to answer your questions and to provide effective legal guidance. The following are my pledges to you throughout your representation:
"Christopher Palermo is a great lawyer by far and always got me results! Staff is wonderful! Great communication. I highly recommend this law firm."
"I highly recommend Christopher Palermo. I’ve had the pleasure of using him for my divorce as well as my child support case. He has your back all the way & fights hard for you. The girls in his office were very attentive & helpful. If they weren’t available for any reason & I had to leave a message, someone would always get back to me in a timely manner. If I needed advice after my cases won & were closed he still gave me his time & attention of his opinion & the best advice he had for me."
"Very professional, and patient. The staff is very enthusiastic. It is great that the staff speaks Spanish. Excellent attorney and very helpful especially in times when life feels like riding a rollercoaster. Thank you Chris, Bea and Riley!!!"
“I was referred to Christopher Palermo, to handle my divorce & custody case, by a friend. Chris and the office have been absolutely amazing, and were able to make my case go as smoothly as possible (as smooth as a divorce would be). When your children are at stake it counts to have the best in your corner, and Chris has done nothing but give us the best! Him and his staff are very attentive, responsive and wholeheartedly understand how difficult the situations can be. He has never steered me wrong with any of the advice hes provided! I HIGHLY recommend the office of Palermo, Tuohy & Bruno for any of your legal matters!”
“Christopher N. Palermo, Esq., as a mediator, guided me through a very difficult process. Any questions or concerns were always addressed promptly and answered to my satisfaction. The reasonable fees and payments allowed me to use his services, which relieved a tremendous amount of anxiety. His professionalism and knowledge helped turn an extremely taxing situation into an amicable one, while successfully maintaining the best interests of both parties. From my experience, I highly recommended Christopher Palermo to a couple of friends who were also going through a divorce, I’m happy to say they were as pleased as I was with the final result.”
“A few years ago, I went through an extremely difficult divorce, which included young children and multiple assets. The divorce had the earmarks of a messy and difficult situation. Through a referral, I schedule a consultation with Chris Palermo. After my first consultation, I knew Chris would the Attorney to represent me. His knowledge, calm demeanor, attention to detail and availability made what could have been an extremely painful situation into smooth transition. I have found Chris Palermo to be trusted, knowledgeable attorney and someone whom I have recommended to others.”
“From the bottom of my heart I will be forever grateful for the services Chris Palermo provided for me. Chris is both professional and approachable. His knowledge and expertise in family law showed itself to me from my initial consultation. Chris was available to me at a moments notice. Whenever I had a question Chris got back to me immediately with an answer. I always felt like Chris made me his priority. Chris has a way of making someone feel at ease and confident that everything will be ok. Chris has made one of most difficult times in my life a little less painful. Having Chris Palermo represent me was the wisest decision I could have made. Thanks to Chris, I have sole custody of my daughter and peace of mind.”
"I was referred to Chris Palermo by a store clerk who overheard me asking for a good family law attorney. It happened to be the best advice I have ever taken from a complete stranger. From the first phone call to the completion of my child support nightmare, Chris and his staff were always on top of everything, and there for any questions I may have had. I got every penny of the money that was due to me and my boys from a deadbeat Dad. I cannot recommend Chris enough!! In fact ,he is currently helping me on another family matter , which is going better than I could have expected. He is the best family law attorney out there."
“I contacted Chris Palermo when it was realized that divorce was imminent. Upon my first meeting with Chris, I was pleasantly surprised by his “bedside manner”. Chris was very thoughtful in his approach as he understood the emotional toll that it was taking on me at the time. I also appreciated how knowledgeable Chris was on the entire process and how he took time to explain the different options to me in layman’s terms. Unlike the attorney that i had consulted with previously, Chris understood the “people aspect” of my situation and made sure that the final agreement was fair to all parties instead of taking hardline stances that can turn divorces uglier than they have to be. Thank You Chris!”
"Being served with divorce papers the day before my birthday, I was bewildered and upset. I had no idea what to do or who to turn to. I had several free consultations with the “typical” divorce lawyers and wasn’t comfortable with anything they had to say. A friend took me in to see Chris Palermo. Upon our first meeting I was sure Chris was the person who could help me navigate this difficult process. He is always there with great advice and has helped me get through this with as little time and cost to myself and my family as is possible. I would,and do recommend him to anyone in need of the best divorce attorney out there."
Having a lawyer act as your mediator can make a significant difference in the outcome of your settlement. Legal issues often arise during divorce mediation, and without legal information, you may sacrifice certain rights entitled by law. It is vital to be informed so you can make wise decisions about child custody, property division or whatever issue is being addressed. Mediators who lack legal knowledge are simply guiding parties to a reach a compromise without enabling them to take legal factors into consideration.
The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) reports that average mediation costs range between $2,000 to $5,000 for divorce, whereas litigation costs can cost considerably more per per person.
According to the NCRC, average divorce mediation takes three to six months and average divorce litigation takes two years, depending on the court schedule.
In mediation, private matters are kept confidential instead of aired in open court and made part of public record. In mediation, clients can decide for themselves instead of having a judge make decisions for them. Mediation encourages open communication and allows spouses to express their views. It occurs in a cooperative environment, whereas lawsuits are adversarial.
In divorces that involve a very dominating or forceful spouse, the less dominant spouse may be at a disadvantage and unfairly influenced during mediation. When domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse or criminal charges are issues, litigation provides a secure environment that offers greater legal protection.
If you suspect your spouse is hiding assets or financial facts are not being revealed, then litigation allows your attorney to take investigatory actions through the discovery process before trial begins. Sometimes this is the only way to uncover what is really going on.
Discovery is an exchange of information between parties. All exchange of communications, correspondence and information goes through your attorneys and may be in the form of interrogatories, mandatory disclosure statements, requests to produce documents, depositions, case management conferences, motions and pre-trial conferences. Once you reach the pre-trial conference, sometimes lawyers are able to negotiate a settlement rather than having to proceed with trial.
Effective mediation requires a willingness to communicate. When emotions run strong making communication impossible, mediation cannot help you settle conflicts. Litigation overcomes deadlocks in negotiations or mediation, enabling couples to finalize divorce.
Divorce is riddled with challenges, but in most cases, you can resolve divorce issues without a legal battle. Take advantage of our free initial consultation to explain your concerns and find out about getting effective legal help.
Arriving at fair calculations for child support may take legal finesse and experience. The knowledge acquired through skillfully handling hundreds of child support matters enables me to determine fair support payments under NY child support law.
As parents we love our children and want what is best for them, but even so, child custody and visitation are frequently contested issues. Having a skilled attorney to help you unravel disagreements and work out beneficial solutions is invaluable in child custody cases.
Many couples would rather avoid an adversarial courtroom divorce, and understandably so. Airing private matters in public, exposing your children to legal battles and enduring conflict for a year or more make alternatives to litigation very appealing.
An active and nurturing father can play a majorly important role in a child’s life. Learn about your rights as a father and how New York handles a father’s rights in a custody dispute. Having a skilled attorney who’s well-versed on father’s rights and what the New York court system relies in on determining child custody is necessary in protection your rights as a father.
Mothers play crucial roles in the lives of their children. Attorney Chris Palermo represents mothers in family law cases, providing them with strong advocacy when seeking custody, modifications or enforcement of child custody orders.
Alimony, spousal support and spousal maintenance are all legal terms used to describe money paid by one spouse to the other, during or after divorce, for financial support. By working with a competent lawyer like Chris Palermo, you can make a wise and informed decision on whether to seek spousal maintenance or oppose spousal maintenance being sought from you.
An “Uncontested Divorce” is a divorce free of dispute, argument or controversy. Attorney Chris Palermo works closely with you, helping you address contested issues, whether through mediation or negotiated settlement, so you can reach an uncontested divorce agreement and ideally avoid litigation.