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