Paul E Rudder, Esq. is a top-rated and highly regarded divorce lawyer in New York City, dedicated to providing exceptional legal representation to clients for over 30 years. He has been selected as the “Top Lawyer” in the Divorce Law field from 2007 to present by the New York Times Super Lawyers Section. He recently received the 2024 Martindale Hubbell Award with an AV Preeminent Attorney Rating for “Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.” He was also appointed to the New York City Bar Association Matrimonial Committee as of August 2015. He has a top rating on AVVO.com in the divorce category. Our divorce law firm office is located in Midtown Manhattan, offering assistance with both contested divorce and uncontested divorce, divorce mediation, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, and family/child law assistance.
2024 Martindale Hubbell Award: 2024 AV Preeminent Attorney Rating for “Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards”
Top 5 reasons to hire Paul E Rudder, Esq. as your attorney:
Paul E Rudder, Esq. is accepting new clients and providing in-person, virtual phone & video consultations at this time via Zoom/Facetime.
Having handled thousands of divorces and family law matters, Mr. Rudder differentiates himself by having created a boutique practice; he handles each and every matter himself from start to finish. He does not delegate his work to anyone. Every document, phone call and Court Appearance is conducted personally by him.
His work with clients is dedicated to creating an effective, personalized plan that guides his clients through the complexities of the divorce process and gets desired results.
As one of the top New York City divorce lawyers around, Mr. Rudder has a vast knowledge of all areas of the New York Family Law and Judicial System, helping clients understand and prepare for potential outcomes that may arise along the way. He works proactively to protect the rights and interests of his clients.
Because of the diversity of cases he has been involved in, he was selected for many years as a frequent Analyst and Commentator on Court TV (10 years as a Matrimonial and Divorce expert). On the show, he discussed and commented on a number of legally controversial and high-profile celebrity divorces.
Mr. Rudder is a leading expert in his unique and exceptional ability to work with Child Custody cases, which tend to be highly emotionally charged as well as legally challenging. He has been recognized by his colleagues and Judges as having skills to resolve high conflict Child Custody cases. For this reason, he is regularly appointed by Judges to represent children in high conflict divorces.
Mr. Rudder also provides outstanding legal representation to clients seeking Pre-Nuptial Agreements or Divorce Mediation. He negotiates these agreements regularly and is very effective in achieving his clients’ goals.
Finally, because of Mr. Rudder’s ethics and character, he is well respected by colleagues and Judges as well as all court personnel. His clients greatly benefit from his reputation. Call (212) 826-9900 today to schedule your consultation.
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Divorce is the legal process by which marriages are dissolved upon terms either agreed to by and between parties or as ordered and directed by the court.
Until very recently one could only obtain a divorce in New York by either establishing and proving various allegations of fault (various bad faith acts) against one of the parties or having fully negotiated and executing a formal Agreement and thereafter living separate and apart pursuant to the terms of the agreement for at least one year and thereupon either party making application to the court for a judgement of divorce. However, for the last 2 years, New York has joined the other 49 states in allowing either party to obtain a “no fault” divorce so long as one of the parties under oath states that for the previous 6 months the relationship between the parties has been irretrievably broken without a reasonable expectation for reconciliation. In this instance, while there is no defense to the claim of a broken marriage, the entry of judgement of divorce must be held in abeyance until all financial and family matters have been either resolved by the parties and set forth in a written agreement, signed by the parties, or a judge of the Supreme Court has made findings and determinations of these issues.
I represent parties in actions to dissolve their marriage in which they seek not only to terminate the marital relationship but also seek to fix his or her financial rights, duties and obligations and rights to custody/access of the children of the marriage. In addition, as a New York divorce attorney, I negotiate on behalf of my clients and seek to resolve amicably and with minimal Court intervention terms and conditions which allow the parties to expeditiously settle their various competing claims and thereby allow them to move forward with a minimum of anguish and financial expense. I also work on many other family law issues that impact families and have done so for over 30 years.
I work with Supreme Court in the five counties of New York City and the Family Court within same counties. Occasionally, I assume responsibility for representation of clients of other counties within New York State.
First, note that divorce judgements are judicial decrees issued by Supreme Court Judges of the State of New York. Therefore, there cannot be a divorce without parties filing a legal proceeding in a Supreme Court in a county in which they reside. That being said, however, the parties are always encouraged to attempt to resolve their differences with the aid and assistance of their attorneys and other professionals rather than the intense emotional conflict of an adversarial proceeding in a court room preceding a finding and judgment by the Judge. It’s up to the parties to determine whether the dissolution of their marriage shall be heatedly contested in an open courtroom or privately resolved after good faith negotiation and resolution.
The prospective client is asked why he/she is visiting my office and what is his or her understanding of the marital problem and difficulty; and I begin to gather background data on each party, children in the marriage and the general overall picture of the family’s financial resources. This is an opportunity for the client to ask any question that he or she has as pertains to the divorce process.
There are two time calendars. First, how long does it take to either negotiate and resolve the issues and allow for the preparation and execution of a written settlement agreement, or in the absence of agreement, how long to research, prepare and try the matter before the court? The answer is, it takes as long as it takes. The harsher and more intense the anger and rage of a litigant the longer the matter takes and the more expensive the engagement becomes. While some cases can be resolved relatively quickly, others can take years.
Then, the Second phase: how long does the Court take to determine and then record and file its decision; the official record? Since Covid, that time has greatly increased-for multiple reasons.
New York is an “equitable” division/distribution State. Not necessarily “equal.” Depending upon the facts and circumstances, the goal is to be fair, just and reasonable in determining and dividing marital property.
The “causes” of a divorce are infinite. Reduced to its common denominator, it’s unhappiness; physical fear, sense of betrayal; sense of abandonment. But as we are now a ”no fault” divorce state “cause” to a great extent is no longer relevant. Every State now has “no fault” grounds for divorce. Today there can be diverse and multiple “reasons” for an unhappy party to seek and secure a divorce. And if either spouse wants a divorce, he/she shall secure one. No opposition: nor defense is recognized. However, until all issues of child custody, support and the division of all marital property have been determined, the judgment of divorce shall be withheld.
A wife is entitled to no different relief than the Husband could be entitled to. Neither is the assignment of custodial parent; nor the division of property; nor is the right to seek support dependent upon being husband or wife. The facts and circumstances of the experiences and activities and production all affect and impact the potential reliefs a party may seek and secure via the divorce proceedings. It is complicated.
Generally there is no flat fee but rather an hourly charge for legal services rendered relating to divorce litigation. My experience is the larger the law firm, generally the higher the hourly charge for the leading attorneys at each firm. Larger firms have higher overhead and administrative expenses, for example, that impact on their wages. In NYC, hourly charges for attorneys with experience and savvy run between $550 and $1200 dollars per hour. However in cases of no issue and dispute with each party cooperating to secure the divorce, a flat fee could be negotiated.
The best way to get in touch with me is by phone or email. Any interview or consultation will only be conducted in my office. These meetings are confidential.
The nearest trains to my NYC divorce firm, are 4, 5, 6 as well as N, R, W as well as F.
Paul E Rudder, Esq. is one of the most highly regarded divorce lawyers in NYC. He has received AV rating (highest rating for attorneys) by Martindale Hubbel for 20 consecutive years (2004 – 2024). Call (212) 826-9900 today to Book Your Consultation ($400 fee applies).
30 years of experience as a family and divorce lawyer, and after having handled a multitude of cases in front of many judges, and against prominent opposing counsels —- Paul E Rudder, Esq. has a very realistic view of the legal process.
Paul E Rudder, Esq. has been accepted to The National Advocates: Top 100.
This is an exclusive invitation-only organization and is limited to only 100 members representing the top lawyers in the country.
Each client represented by Mr. Rudder receives personal attention from the beginning to the end of the case.
Mr. Rudder handles all legal aspects of each case.
Paul E Rudder, Esq. is a top divorce attorney, and the media agrees too! He’s had appearances on places such as COURTTV, and many others, in addition he’s a trusted name, and brand.
Paul E Rudder NYC Office Location: 950 3rd Avenue 11th Floor, New York, NY 10022. Especially convenient to Clients near the Upper East Side, Midtown Manhattan, Grand Central, Midtown East, Times Square, Downtown, the 5 Boroughs of New York City, and Westchester.
Paul E Rudder, Esq.
Phone: (212) 826-9900
Address: 950 3rd Ave 11th floor, New York, NY 10022
Monday 8:30 AM–8 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM–8 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM–8 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM–8 PM
Friday 8:30 AM–8 PM