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Divorce Lawyer NYC - Paul E Rudder, Esq


When your marriage is no longer savable despite your efforts, you have to make a difficult choice. You are probably considering divorce as the best option for you and your children. A divorce can be achieved in different ways. If there are important issues that you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse have not yet agreed upon, filing for a contested divorce in New York may be the best option. This type of divorce can be very lengthy, stressful and expensive, but may be necessary to ensure your rights are protected and for you to get what you truly deserve.

Paul E. Rudder, Esq. is an experienced NYC contested divorce lawyer who will work with you in getting results favorable to you. Mr. Rudder has been providing aggressive and zealous legal representation to clients dealing with divorce and family issues, helping them protect and fight for their rights to just asset distribution, child custody and support, spousal maintenance and other important issues. Call (212) 826-9900 today to set up a consultation.

What Is A Contested Divorce?

A contested divorce is when you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse are unable to come to an agreement about the essential divorce terms. This type of divorce requires a trial and the judge will base its decisions on divorce case facts and testimonies of witnesses. Often, the judge will make decisions that are just and suitable for divorcing couples. It is recommended to seek legal advice from an experienced divorce attorney to make sure your rights are protected.

When Should You Consider Filing For A Contested Divorce in New York?

A contested divorce is a good option if both parties cannot settle anything on their own. The family court's intervention will help ensure a better proceeding and allows you to fight what you truly deserve.

This type of divorce is advisable if the disputing couple have substantial assets and joint back accounts. The proceeding will also help identify hidden assets. The distribution of assets will also be decided by the judge and are often fairly divided.

Additionally, if you have minor children to fight custody over and you have legitimate concerns about why you should have the sole custody of your kids, bringing the matters to court will help.

The Contested Divorce Process

If you and your spouse cannot resolve the terms amicably, you can file for a divorce petition in your local court. Your spouse will then be served with divorce papers and needs to respond in a certain period of time. If your spouse disagrees with your demands, both of you will be required to appear in family court and defend yourselves. How long does a contested divorce trial in NY take? For simple contested cases, it can last not more than a day. For complex divorce cases like those that involve child custody disputes, it can take weeks or months.

Outstanding Legal Representation By An Experienced NYC Contested Divorce Attorney

Divorces are not simple. When facing a contested divorce in New York City, do not hesitate to contact our law firm. Paul E Rudder, Esq. provides aggressive and zealous representation. Mr. Rudder has been accepted to The National Advocates: Top 100 and is recognized as one of the top lawyers in the country.

Mr. Rudder will be on your side, protecting your rights and will aggressively represent your best interests. If you are considering a divorce and would like to know more about your legal options, set up a consultation today! Call (212) 826-9900.


New York Contested Divorce Timeline - https://www.nycourts.gov/divorce/divorce_timeline.shtml

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What our customers are saying..


  • "Paul Rudder is amazing person and a great lawyer. He has a heart but also great legal skills. He took me through a brutal experience with very good results. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a divorce attorney"

    Debra W.

  • "I came to see Mr. Rudder at the suggestion of my accountant. I got served with divorce papers and did not know who to turn to. From the moment I stepped into his office, I felt like someone had my back and I was going to be OK. He is not just a lawyer, he is a counselor at law which what a divorce lawyer should be, this is a very personal, emotional experience."

    Anita M

  • "I needed a divorce and there was a lot at stake, significant assets and 2 kids. The divorce was not going to be friendly. There was a lot of hostility between and my now ex-wife. Paul Rudder did everything to avoid heavy litigation, tried to settle and negotiate as much as he could. Eventually we did go to court and this man knows how to try a case. I was very satisfied with the outcome."

    Bill A.

  • "I was about to get married and needed a pre-nuptial agreement. I was recommended Paul Rudder by a friend who used him for his. This is a very difficult and sensitive matter and he really helped me understand and identify my rights, goals as well a fairness to my soon to be wife."

    Alex F.


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"Top Lawyer" in Family and Divorce Law in New York Times Super Lawyers Section for (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

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