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Buffalo Divorce Lawyers

Buffalo Divorce Lawyers – Advice in Simple Words

Going through a divorce in Buffalo? It can be a real tough time. But having a good divorce attorney on your side can make the process less stressful. Here’s some straight-up advice about finding and working with Buffalo divorce lawyers.

Do I Really Need a Lawyer for My Buffalo Divorce?

Some folks wonder if they can handle their divorce alone without a lawyer to save money. But divorce involves a ton of complicated legal stuff. Having an attorney in your corner is important[1].

Here are some of the key things a Buffalo divorce lawyer can do for you:

  • Explain your rights and options under the law
  • Handle all the paperwork and filings
  • Negotiate with your spouse’s divorce attorney
  • Help divide up money, property, and debts fairly
  • Develop a parenting plan and child support agreement
  • Represent you in court if needed

Unless your divorce is really simple with no disagreements, having a lawyer is wise. Don’t risk your finances and relationship with your kids by going solo.

How Do I Pick a Buffalo Divorce Attorney?

Choosing the right divorce lawyer matters a lot. Here are some tips on finding a good one[2][3]:

  • Ask friends or family who’ve been through divorce for recommendations.
  • Search online reviews of local divorce and family law attorneys[4].
  • Look for lawyers who specialize in divorce and family law.
  • Consider attorneys at larger regional firms with more resources.
  • Find out each lawyer’s experience handling divorce cases similar to yours.

Schedule initial consultations with a few lawyers before deciding. Be sure to ask[4]:

  • How much divorce experience do you have?
  • What’s your negotiation style?
  • How often do your cases go to trial?
  • What are your fees and billing structure?
  • Who in your office handles most of the work?

Go with a lawyer you feel comfortable with and who understands your goals[5].

Christine Twomey
Christine Twomey
Just had my Divorce case settled 2 months ago after having a horrible experience with another firm. I couldn’t be happier with Claire Banks and Elizabeth Garvey with their outstanding professionalism in doing so with Spodek Law Group. Any time I needed questions answered they were always prompt in doing so with all my uncertainties after 30 yrs of marriage.I feel from the bottom of my heart you will NOT be disappointed with either one. Thanks a million.
Brendan huisman
Brendan huisman
Alex Zhik contacted me almost immediately when I reached out to Spodek for a consultation and was able to effectively communicate the path forward/consequences of my legal issue. I immediately agreed to hire Alex for his services and did not regret my choice. He was able to cover my case in court (with 1 day notice) and not only was he able to push my case down, he carefully negotiated a dismissal of the charge altogether. I highly recommend Spodek, and more specifically, Alex Zhik for all of your legal issues. Thanks guys!
Guerline Menard
Guerline Menard
Thanks again Spodek law firm, particularly Esq Claire Banks who stood right there with us up to the finish line. Attached photos taken right outside of the court building and the smile on our faces represented victory, a breath of fresh air and satisfaction. We are very happy that this is over and we can move on with our lives. Thanks Spodek law 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙌🏼❤️
Keisha Parris
Keisha Parris
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko Beauty
Taïko Beauty
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence. Thank you team!
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams
Hey, how you guys doing? Good afternoon my name is Anthony Williams I just want to give a great shout out to the team of. Spodek law group. It is such a honor to use them and to use their assistance through this whole case from start to finish. They did everything that they said they was gonna do and if it ever comes down to it, if I ever have to use them again, hands-down they will be the first law office at the top of my list, thank you guys so much. It was a pleasure having you guys by my side so if you guys ever need them, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give them a call.
Loveth Okpedo
Loveth Okpedo
Very professional, very transparent, over all a great experience
Bee L
Bee L
Amazing experience with Spodek! Very professional lawyers who take your case seriously. They treated me with respect, were always available, and answered any and all questions. They were able to help me very successfully and removed a huge stress. Highly recommend.
divesh patel
divesh patel
I can't recommend Alex Zhik and Spodek Law Firm highly enough for their exceptional legal representation and personal mentorship. From the moment I engaged their services in October 2022, Alex took the time to understand my case thoroughly and provided guidance every step of the way. Alex's dedication to my case went above and beyond my expectations. His expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were evident throughout the entire process. He took the time to mentor me, ensuring I understood the legal complexities involved to make informed decisions. Alex is the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with and has made a meaningful impact on me. I also want to acknowledge Todd Spodek, the leader of the firm, who played a crucial role in my case. His leadership and support bolstered the efforts of Alex, and his involvement highlighted the firm's commitment to excellence. Thanks to Alex Zhik and Todd Spodek, I achieved the outcome I desired, and I am incredibly grateful for their professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. If you're in need of legal representation, look no further than this outstanding team.

How Much Does a Buffalo Divorce Lawyer Cost?

The typical divorce attorney hourly rate in Erie County ranges from $200-$350 per hour. Simple divorces may cost $1,500-$3,000 total. Divorces involving disputes over assets, child custody, or business interests average $5,000-$15,000+ in legal fees[6].

Factors that impact the cost include:

  • How contested the case is
  • The lawyer’s experience and rates
  • Whether additional professionals like CPAs are needed
  • How many court appearances are required
  • How long negotiations take

Many lawyers offer flat fee arrangements too. This provides cost certainty but may cost more overall. Get an estimate upfront so you can budget.

How Can I Save Money on My Buffalo Divorce Lawyer?

Here are some tips to reduce your legal fees[4]:

  • Be organized and provide requested documents quickly
  • Clearly communicate your goals and cooperate with the process
  • Try mediation first before going to court
  • See if you qualify for legal aid assistance
  • Ask if paralegals can handle certain tasks
  • Negotiate the retainer amount and payment schedule
  • Avoid frequent calls and emails if possible

Also look into hiring an attorney on a limited scope basis. This “unbundles” services so the lawyer just provides help with the parts you need, like preparing forms or making court appearances.

Where Should I File for Divorce in Buffalo?

You can file for divorce in New York if[1]:

  • You or your spouse has lived in New York for at least 2 years
  • You got married in New York and either spouse still lives there
  • The grounds for divorce happened in New York

The best venue is usually the county where you or your spouse lives. For Buffalo residents, filing in Erie Supreme Court typically makes sense. A lawyer can advise the pros and cons of venue options.

What Are the Steps in a Buffalo Divorce?

A typical contested Buffalo divorce involves these main steps:

  1. Filing the summons and complaint – This initiates the case in Erie Supreme Court.
  2. Serving your spouse – Your spouse must be properly served with notice of the action.
  3. Discovery – Financial documents are exchanged and depositions may occur.
  4. Negotiations – Your lawyer negotiates with your spouse’s lawyer on issues like property division.
  5. Trial – If no settlement, the judge decides at trial.
  6. Final judgment – The divorce decree ends the marriage.

For uncontested divorces with an agreement, many steps can be skipped. Your attorney will guide you through the process.

How Long Does a Buffalo Divorce Take?

There is a mandatory 6 month waiting period before a divorce can be finalized in New York[1]. However, the full process takes an average of 9-12 months. It can drag on longer if there are disputes over property, finances, child custody, or other issues.

Some key factors that impact timing are:

  • How quickly documents are exchanged
  • The court’s schedule
  • How long negotiations take
  • Whether your spouse contests the divorce
  • Complications like business valuations

Your lawyer will work to resolve your divorce as quickly as possible while protecting your rights and interests.

What if My Spouse and I Agree on the Divorce Terms?

If you and your spouse agree on key divorce issues like property division and child custody, you can pursue an uncontested or simplified divorce. This saves time and money.

You work with your spouse to create a separation agreement outlining the terms. Your attorneys review it to ensure it is fair and binding[2].

The judge approves the agreement and grants the divorce. Even amicable divorces benefit from lawyers to finalize the details.

Are Buffalo Divorce Records Public?

Yes, divorce records filed in Erie Supreme Court are considered public information. Either spouse or any member of the public can request copies of documents like[3]:

  • Summons and complaint
  • Separation agreement
  • Motions and affidavits
  • Financial statements
  • Final judgment of divorce

Sensitive information can sometimes be redacted. Your lawyer can advise if certain records can be sealed for privacy.

Let a Buffalo Divorce Lawyer Help You

Going through divorce is never easy. But the right Buffalo divorce attorney can guide you through the process and protect your rights. Take time to choose a lawyer you connect with and trust[4][5]. It makes a big difference in getting the best outcome.


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