Matrimonial and Family Law Practice
  • Divorce - Uncontested
  • Divorce - Contested
  • Custody
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreementsm
  • Separation Agreements
  • Modification & Enforcement
   
Philosophy

Family Law cases differ markedly from other legal matters.  Mr. Horgan and his staff have long experience in providing the personal attention required by clients in matrimonial disputes.  In every assignment it is our goal to be thorough and aggressive on behalf of our clients, while making sure the client is an active participant in the process.  Our firm philosophy, which emphasizes communication, is as follows:

  1. It is our job to know the law.  Through the years we have handled a wide range of matters. Some cases involve millions of dollars and turn on such complex issues as evaluating a business, determining jurisdiction, or cross-examining an expert witness.  To serve our clients better, we keep abreast of the constant changes in the law and the court rules of the various judges, recognizing that preparation and commitment are paramount in obtaining a successful result.

  2. Due to its unique nature, matrimonial disputes demand a strong relationship between attorney and client. The client's innermost secrets may become known to his or her attorney, and the client must be assured that these confidences are respected, understood, and made a part of the overall strategy affecting the case.  Similarly, it is imperative that attorney and client develop lines of communication so that the client fully understands what is going on.  Lawyers and car mechanics share one failing: they tend to speak in a private language. It is the lawyer's responsibility to make sure the client always understands the underlying rationale for all decisions.

  3. The stakes in matrimonial cases are high, at times frighteningly so.  Big decisions are the norm.  The client's children, house, pension and assets may be at risk.  Whether the case is contested or uncontested (resolved through settlement), the client must be an integral part of the decision-making process in the case.  The client will live with the consequences of these decisions for a long time.

 

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New York courts favor sole custody over joint custody.