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With 100 years of combined experience, Raiser & Kenniff, is the place to turn when you or a loved one are accused of a crime. When the media needs professional and accurate legal insight on criminal cases in the national spotlight they turn to Raiser & Kenniff.


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Our founding partners are both former new york prosecutors who understand how to handle a criminal case from every angle and therefore, they can provide you with the strongest defense.

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Regardless of whether you are in New York City, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, we offer a risk-free consultation. No strings attached. Speak to one of our lawyers and see what your options.

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We offer a risk free evaluation of your case, and are here to help you understand your legal options, and how our lawyers can help you. We are available 24/7, day or night, to help you.


Filing a Contested Divorce in New York City

A divorce is never easy, and when it’s being contested by your spouse, you need aggressive legal protection to ensure your interests are safeguarded. Since 1976, the team at Spodek Law Group has been representing clients in contested divorces in New York City. We are prepared to take your case to trial if necessary to ensure a fair settlement for you.

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What Is a Contested Divorce?

When spouses can’t come to an agreement about the terms of a divorce — be it child custody, spousal support or distribution of assets — the divorce can be contested before a judge. In most cases, arguing your divorce before a judge requires considerably more legal resources, as the case will need to be researched, mental health experts and forensics investigators may be called on to testify, and pleadings will need to be drafted. For this reason, your choice of legal representation in a contested divorce case is critical.


I’ve Been Served With Divorce Papers. How Do I Contest Them?

In general, to contest divorce papers in New York State, you need to submit a written response to the court within 20 days of receiving papers. You can do this with or without the help of a lawyer. You then need to file a Notice of Appearance, indicating you will attend court to participate in the hearings. At this point, whether you reach a settlement out of court or before a judge, professional legal representation is a must.


Why Spodek Law Group?

For over 35 years, Spodek Law Group has helped our clients achieve favorable outcomes in contested divorces in New York. We’ve built a reputation for our loyalty to our clients, who we think of more as family than anything else. You’ll see this dedication in everything we do, including taking your calls after hours or on weekends.


Treating You Like Family Since 1976

If you’re trying to leave a failing marriage or want to contest divorce papers you’ve been served with, contact Spodek Law Group for your free consultation. A contested divorce can be a difficult experience, but at Spodek Law Group, we’ll be there to support you through the entire process.  Page updated on 11/14/13.

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