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New York City Matrimonial and Family Law Attorneys

A divorce is a difficult situation for anyone to go through. You want an experienced New York City divorce attorney whose entire practice is devoted to the areas of matrimonial and family law.

The Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. serves all five boroughs of New York City, including:

  • Manhattan;
  • Brooklyn;
  • The Bronx;
  • Queens; and
  • Staten Island.

While there are several family law firms to choose from in the greater New York City area, it is vital to retain a firm that is experienced, staffed and has the available resources to meet your legal goals and needs. At the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C., our family law attorneys stand ready and able to respond to your questions and concerns and help your case progress through resolution or, if necessary, litigation.

Our firm offers a client-focused approach to family law practice, putting you first in all case dealings. The attorneys at the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. will serve you through our:

  • More than twenty years of experience handling New York family law and matrimonial cases;
  • Prompt answers to your communications;
  • Honest case evaluations and practical solutions; and
  • Tailored strategies to reach any personal family law goals.

Our family law attorneys are empathetic, compassionate, and understanding of the emotional turmoil and stress inherent to all family law matters. We will be aggressive only as needed to pursue your interests to obtain the best possible results. We take the time and effort to consider how your case affects you, not only legally, but at a personal level. Contact our office today and schedule a consultation with a skilled family law attorney. The Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. cares about you and looks forward to speaking with you at your earliest convenience.

What Is Family Law?

Family law is the area of civil law dealing with family relationships. It is composed of a body of state statutes and case law precedents. Generally, the parties involved are married or have a child in common, but sometimes family law impacts those more casually engaged with one another.

Most family law cases arise from the end of a marriage or relationship where property or other assets need division. For instance, the end of a marriage may end in an:

  • Annulment;
  • Divorce; or
  • Legal separation.

By no means are the ends of marriages the only time in which a family law attorney represents clients. In fact, it can be beneficial to have an ongoing relationship with an experienced family law attorney for counsel when remarrying, suffering a job loss or other change of income, interpretation of a custody order as well as other circumstances affecting custody resulting in the need for:

  • Prenuptial or postnuptial agreements;
  • Modification of a prior order of custody or child support;
  • Modification of a prior order of maintenance and alimony; and
  • Domestic abuse and orders of protection.

Not all of the above areas of family law take place inside a courtroom. There are times when family law attorneys draft documents on behalf of couples or families without the necessity of a court hearing or judicial involvement. These might include prenuptial, postnuptial and separation agreements

Family law attorneys also help their clients with civil legal issues concerning finances and children. These issues can stand alone from marital cases in many circumstances, like when paternity is in question, or there is a change in income and child support needs modification.

Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, it is deeply entangled in family law. Family law attorneys often represent either the victim of domestic abuse or the accused. Domestic abuse is not limited to a husband and wife or current or former partners and their children, but can involve the elderly or those in a close personal relationship of any type. Family law attorneys also assist families with the adoption process. This process requires numerous approvals, extensive paperwork, specific courtroom procedures, and multiple hearings.

What our clients say
“I used Vivien for a child support case. Working with her was an amazing experience.” “I had gone to other lawyers for a consultation and payed high fees but wasn’t satisfied with their suggestions and didn’t feel the positive energy I immediately felt with Vivien. After going over all the details of my case she told me what my options were and came up with a plan that made total sense and followed through with it. The office staff was pleasant to deal with. My calls were returned promptly and all questions and concerns were handled in a patient and competent way. I am deeply grateful for everything she did for me and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a divorce attorney.” ELLA M.
“I can’t praise this attorney highly enough. She’s very smart, dedicated, knowledgable, and well-respected in the court rooms.” “I have been represented by Vivien I. Stark for 8 years in an extremely complicated, from every point of view, case. Child support, visitation, abuse, medical mistreatment – you name it. I can’t praise this attorney highly enough. She’s very smart, dedicated, knowledgable, and well-respected in the court rooms. Vivien always comes 100% prepared for the hearings; she is very honest, detail-oriented and thorough. Ms. Stark fights fiercely for her clients putting all her knowledge and dedication into her cases. Legal fees for that level of legal work and representation are very reasonable.” NATALIE
“And when it feels the sky is falling, Vivien goes over the laws point by point until I am at ease.” "Vivien is an excellent lawyer. She is not only knowledgeable of the laws and the system, but also over Judges and lawyers she goes up against. She has an excellent read on others, and keeps calm despite how often I lost my head during “the process.” It took 1.5 yrs for Vivien to help me gain custody of my beautiful daughter. Vivien still keeps herself available to answer any questions or concerns I might have. And when it feels the sky is falling, Vivien goes over the laws point by point until I am at ease. I will use Vivien again and again and would recommend her without a moments hesitation!" JAKE
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Why Do I Need a Family Law Attorney?

The above is only a sampling of the vast realm of family law. Family law attorneys must undergo rigorous schooling and examinations to ensure they know the family laws applicable to New York residents. Family law attorneys are also well-versed in family court practices and procedures.

When you choose the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. to represent you in your family law case, our attorneys will provide you with invaluable advice and guidance from the beginning to the end of your case. Representation of our family law attorneys starts with your initial case consultation.

From the initial consultation, one of our attorneys works alongside you to devise the best legal plan of action to meet your goals. This could mean proceeding with a negotiated settlement, a type of alternative dispute resolution, like mediation, or even litigation and a trial.

While many consider the services of an experienced family law attorney costly, the attorneys at the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. may save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. Our family law attorneys may also protect you from making poor decisions that could negatively impact your future.

The family law attorneys at the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. can also:

  • Speed up any court processes;
  • Eliminate the need for you to negotiate directly with opposing family members or their attorneys;
  • Easily identify and value your assets;
  • File needed court documents promptly and accurately; and Separate your legal issues from your emotional.

While it is possible to represent yourself in a family law matter, it is not recommended. Consult with an experienced family law attorney at the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C. before making any decisions or proceeding with your case alone; it is worth the minimal expense.

Call an Experienced Family Law Attorney in the Five Boroughs

No matter your situation, it is imperative to seek the guidance and knowledge of a family law attorney before proceeding with any family law case. At the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C., we handle all family law facets in New York City, not just divorce and legal separation.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Uncontested divorce
  • Contested divorce
  • High net worth divorce;
  • Equitable distribution;
  • Child support;
  • Paternity;
  • Child custody;
  • Visitation rights
  • Prenuptial agreements;
  • Postnuptial agreements;
  • Post-judgment proceedings;
  • Orders of protection;
  • Spousal support;
  • Alimony; and
  • Annulment.

For more information on these or any other family law matter, make the first and most crucial step in your case. Contact the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C., and secure the caring, professional counsel you need to resolve your issue. At the Law Office of Vivien I. Stark, P.C., we gladly serve Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Call now and learn how we can use our decades of experience to your benefit. We want to answer your most pressing family law questions and offer you honest and workable legal solutions that fit today’s hectic lifestyles.

Attorney Vivien I. Stark
Meet Attorney Vivien I. Stark
Ms. Stark represents clients in the five boroughs of New York City as well as the suburban counties adjoining New York City.
Vivien I. Stark, Esq. is an experienced NYC divorce lawyer practicing law for more than 30 years in the areas of matrimonial and family law. Vivien I. Stark
Our Awards and Accolades
Awarded A rating of Superb by AVVO, a Nationally recognized Attorney review company
Awarded Top Contributor for Divorce 2015
Awarded Saloon International’s Top Female Divorce Lawyer in New York City
Awarded The American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Family Lawyers in New York State, 2015
Awarded Client Distinction Award for 2014
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