Award-Winning, Long Island Suffolk County Divorce Lawyer

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Christopher Palermo has a Five Star Rating on the highly respected legal website Avvo and received their Clients’ Choice Divorce Award for 2014 and 2017.

  • Avvo2016 received perfect rating of 10.00 superb AVVO

  • 2016 Nations top one percent National Association of distinguished counsel

  • National Trial Lawyers2016 Top 100 Lawyers Matrimonial and Family Law The National Advocates

  • American Socety of Legal AdvocatesTop 100 Family Lawyers in the State of New York The American Society of Legal Advocates

  • 2016 received perfect rating of 10.00 superb AVVO

  • 2016 Nations top one percent National Association of distinguished counsel

  • 2016 Top 100 Lawyers Matrimonial and Family Law The National Advocates

  • Top 100 Family Lawyers in the State of New York The American Society of Legal Advocates

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Divorce: A Proven Track Record

Suffolk County, Long Island Attorney

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.

The Chris Palermo Difference

Your Suffolk County Long Island Attorney

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:

  • Your initial consultation is always free
  • I will personally represent you from beginning to conclusion of your legal action
  • You can expect to stay informed about all aspects of your case
  • You will receive responses to your calls and emails within 24 hours
Divorce Mediation Or Divorce Litigation

Which Is Right For You?

Divorce Mediation

Does it Matter Whether Your Mediator is a Lawyer or Not?

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.

How Do Divorce Mediation Costs Compare With Divorce Litigation Costs?

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.

What is the Time Savings Difference Between Divorce Mediation and Litigation?

According to the NCRC, average divorce mediation takes three to six months and average divorce litigation takes two years, depending on the court schedule.

What are Some Reasons to Choose Divorce Mediation Over Litigation?

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.

Divorce Litigation

When is Divorce Litigation a Better Choice Than Mediation?

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.

Why is Divorce Litigation Sometimes More Effective in Dealing With Financial Matters?

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.

What Does the Discovery Process of Litigation Involve?

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.

Why is Litigation Sometimes the Answer to Highly Contested Issues?

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.

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Uncontested Divorce

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