Helping Families Spend Time in the Living Room, Not the Courtroom

At New York Family Law Group, we focus on family matters so you can focus on what matters to you.

Helping Families Spend Time in the Living Room, Not the Courtroom

At New York Family Law Group, we focus on family matters so you can focus on what matters to you.

Riverdale, NY Divorce Attorney

Sometimes in life, you just have to make the best of a bad situation. Divorce is one of those times. That doesn’t mean you can simply flip a switch and instantly change the way you feel, or that life will ever be the same, but sometimes you have to accept that not everything is going to be as you planned and do your best to move forward.

If you are considering divorce, or have already made the decision, it is important to know that you are not alone and that there are options. Life may seem a bit bleak right now, but it will get better, and you can find a way to make it so. In much the same way as with any difficult task or process, you need to take it one step at a time.

One of your first steps should be to find a good divorce lawyer who can support you through the process, and take care of the legal side of things so that you can focus on other aspects of your life. It’s okay to ask for help, especially during such a difficult time of transition. And who better to seek advice from than someone who has been through divorce and can understand the challenges you may be facing?

We know how hard it can be to make that first step, but we can help you get started. Give our Riverdale divorce attorneys a call, and we can talk you through the process and help you decide your next course of action. If you never call, you’ll never know — so call today!

Divorce Matters We Can Assist With

You might think that you can manage your divorce without the help of a skilled divorce lawyer, not fully understanding the ramifications of that decision. You might be thinking you can do it yourself and save some money in the process, not realizing that that decision could cost you more in the long run. You may not have a full comprehension of what your divorce will entail and the impact it will have on you and your family. You don’t know, what you don’t know, so here’s a brief summary of the many areas we can assist with:

1. Divorce proceedings

It is vital to have good divorce lawyers when ending your marriage.  The divorce process can be quite complicated and confusing and an emotionally draining experience, with financial issues to sort out and, in some cases, child custody matters to consider as well.  It can be beneficial to have experienced lawyers take care of the legal minutiae and provide a level of support and experience to help you through a very stressful process.

Our Riverdale divorce attorneys are well versed in family law and experienced in all aspects of divorce, from submitting the initial application through to negotiating settlements and representing your interests in court, when necessary.

2. Division of assets and debts

With respect to property division in a divorce, we help couples in splitting their assets and liabilities equally and correctly. We ensure that the parties’ rights are considered in deciding how to appropriately divide the marital property, including homes and lands, investments and shares, bank accounts and insurances, motor vehicles and personal items.

As well as discussing the division of assets, we discuss the division of marital debts. Where there are financial liabilities, the parties’ personal financial positions need careful analysis so as to ensure that they reach a fair division of debt to enable them to start their post-divorce lives on equitable footing.

3. Spousal support

Spousal support, also known as alimony or maintenance, is a type of support a spousal party is legally obliged to pay their ex-spouse for some period of time after divorce. Spousal support is mandated to ensure the welfare of the spouse who is financially dependent on their ex-spouse. Our Riverdale divorce lawyers can handle the complicated and technical spousal support laws and help you get fair support payments or avoid being ripped off.

4. Child custody & visitation

Child custody and visits are particularly challenging and emotionally charged for divorcing couples. Having a divorce attorney on your side can help with the custody battle and give you peace of mind. As divorce lawyers, we protect the rights of the parents and the interests of children while also suggesting appropriate visiting schedules and custody arrangements that preserve children’s physical and mental wellbeing. We can work to find a satisfactory compromise, if possible, or stand up for your and your child(ren)’s interests in court, if necessary.

5. Child support

The end of a marriage or partnership involving children often necessitates child support. Our divorce lawyers help clients negotiate appropriate child support payments that are fair to both parties. We help calculate child support based on parent income, child needs, and unique situations. Our firm can also help enforce child support orders to ensure non-custodial parents meet their obligations.

And more!

Work With New York Family Law Group For A Fair Resolution 

When you’re in the midst of a divorce or custody battle, you need a divorce lawyer who is knowledgeable and empathetic. You want an advocate who will take your side and fight for you, for your rights and your interests, treats you with respect, and gives you solid legal advice you can depend on. Our Riverdale divorce attorneys at New York Family Law Group have a long track record of success, and we are dedicated to reaching the best possible outcome for you and your family. If you’d like us to evaluate your case and advise you on the best path moving forward, please contact us today.

We like to keep families out of the courtroom, so mediation is a process we recommend as it allows you to retain the utmost control of your future. If you and your spouse are in agreement regarding your assets, child custody, and other divorce-related topics, mediation can create a collaborative environment to sort those details out in a less stressful, more cost-efficient manner. 

About Us

Martin Mohr and Ethan Steward, our founders and partners, are passionate family lawyers with more than 30 years of combined experience in New York family law. With the help of our attorneys, you can protect your interests and your family.

Our Services

We offer a full range of family law services, including divorce, custody and visitation, child support and spousal support, father’s rights, grandparent’s rights, protective orders, and more.

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We are passionate about serving our clients and helping them begin the next chapter in their lives. If you are seeking help with a divorce or family law matter, contact us today to get started.

Expertise in Family Law and Divorce Matters

At New York Family Law Group, we specialize in a wide range of family law matters. Our team of skilled attorneys have extensive experience in handling cases related to divorce, child custody and visitation, spousal support, child support, property division, and more. We understand the complexity and sensitivity of these issues, and we’re here to provide you with the support and legal representation you need.

Dedicated to Our Clients

We understand that going through a family law or divorce matter can be emotionally draining and overwhelming. That’s why we’re committed to being there for you each and every step of the way. At New York Family Law Group, we provide personalized attention to each of our clients, taking the time to listen to their concerns, understand their unique situation, and develop a tailored legal strategy to achieve the best possible outcome.

Compassionate and Experienced Attorneys

Our team of family law attorneys have built a reputation for our compassionate approach and successful results. We understand that every case is different, and we believe in finding creative solutions to meet our clients’ needs. And with our vast experience in family law, we have the knowledge and skillset required to navigate the complexities of the legal system and advocate for your rights.

Child Custody and Visitation

When it comes to matters of child custody and visitation, we prioritize the best interests of the child. We recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy and stable environment for your children during and after a divorce or separation, and our attorneys have the experience to negotiate parenting plans and visitation schedules that meet the unique needs of your family.

Divorce Matters

Divorce can be a challenging and emotional process, but our team at New York Family Law Group is here to support you every step of the way. Whether you’re facing a contested or uncontested divorce, we’ll work tirelessly to protect your rights and interests. We’re truly dedicated to achieving fair and equitable settlements, and we have the skills and experience to handle complex divorce cases involving high-net-worth individuals.


Your Trusted Family Law Partners

Choosing the right family law attorney is crucial to the success of your case. And at New York Family Law Group, we strive to be your trusted partner throughout the legal process. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of family law in New York and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field. So you can rely on us to provide you with sound legal advice, guidance, and representation tailored to your unique needs.

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What Makes Us Different?

At New York Family Law Group, we’re not interested in repeat customers. We want to work closely with you, your children, and all other parties involved in your dispute, come to the best possible solution, and ensure the best, long-term outcome for your case. Our goal is to empower you and your family to close this difficult chapter and move on to something new.

If you need a lawyer who is compassionate and dedicated to resolving your matters in the most favorable way, give us a call. With offices in the Bronx and Manhattan, our family law attorneys are here to help.

New York Family Law Attorneys

Family law cases in NY are complex, fact-specific, and can cause a lot of pain, turmoil, and stress for you and your children. Whether you’re seeking a divorce, or you need assistance with issues such as custody disputes, domestic violence, neglect, and child abuse, our New York divorce lawyers are here to assist you.


Divorce can be emotionally taxing and traumatic for you and your children. We specialize in settling divorces out-of-court, saving you time and money, and reducing the strain on you and your family.

Child Custody & Visitation

Whether you need help establishing initial custody or handling custody disputes, violations of custody orders and other such matters, New York Family Law Group can help.

Orders of Protection

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, our team is here to assist you in obtaining orders of protection to protect yourself, your children, and your property from your abuser.

Child Support

We can assist clients in understanding the child support process, coming to agreements about child support out of court, and ensuring their children have the resources they need to ensure their best interests are protected.


Situations change, and divorce decrees need to change, too. We can assist you as you petition for changes in child support, visitation, custody, and other such court decrees.

Parents Rights

We know you have your children’s best interests in mind. But sometimes you have to fight for your rights as a parent to be recognized by the court or a co-parent. When push comes to shove, can help.

“We are focused on what matters to you, your family, and your future.”

Martin Mohr & Ethan Steward

Managing Partners of New York Family Law Group

Our approach

We Understand What You're Going Through

Family law in New York can involve significant financial implications, strong emotional attachments, and tense family dynamics. It is often these elements, rather than the law itself, that complicates family law matters for our clients. From divorces to child custody disputes, it may seem impossible to bear the burden of these issues on your own.

That’s where New York Family Law Group comes in. Our founding attorneys have more than 30 years of experience. We can provide you with the client-focused service, legal expertise, and compassionate support you need to resolve your case, and ensure the best possible outcome for you, your kids, and all other involved parties.

We understand how important it is to resolve issues between you and your spouse in the most favorable way possible. Our divorce lawyers in NYC are ready to work hard and focus on your case. To schedule a consultation with a skilled lawyer, call us today at (718) 293-1542 or send us an email through our online form.

Taking a Holistic Approach

A divorce doesn’t just impact the couple but the whole family. NYC divorce attorneys Ethan Steward and Martin Mohr take a holistic approach in the cases they handle, considering the entire family and the impact it will have on the children. They believe that the most amicable resolution enables couples to move into the future with a firmer foundation. But they also understand this is not always possible. When a couple can’t see eye to eye, a contested divorce often requires an aggressive legal approach from an experienced lawyer.

If you have decided to divorce, you need to seek a skilled divorce attorney. The legal team at the New York Family Law Group will assist you and your family with every aspect of your divorce case. Whether it is co-parenting, managing your financial transitions, or protecting your legal rights, our divorce lawyers will seek the best outcome for you. With us on your side, you have a skilled legal advocate to guide you, help you make the right decisions, and keep you focused on your future.

What Are the Residency Requirements for Divorce in NYC?

Strict residency requirements must be met to get divorced in NY. One of the following must exist before the courts grant you a divorce:

  • The marriage occurred in New York, and one spouse has lived here for a minimum of one year.
  • You lived in New York as a married couple, and one spouse has lived here for a minimum of one year.
  • The grounds stated for your divorce happened here, and one spouse has lived here for a minimum of one year.
  • You or your spouse has lived in New York for a minimum of two years.

Other than these residency requirements, there is no waiting period to get a divorce in New York. Contact our team of divorce attorneys to discuss your case. Call: (718) 293-1542.

So much of the emotional divorce process is about blame and fault. But in New York, the fault also has a legal impact and is the basis for grounds for divorce. In New York State, the individual filing for divorce must provide grounds, or fault, for that divorce decision. 

In NY, there are seven accepted grounds for divorce:

  • There has been an irretrievable breakdown in the marriage for at least six months.
  • There have been cruel and inhuman treatment by one of the spouses within the previous five years.
  • One spouse has abandoned the other for over a year.
  • One spouse has been imprisoned for three years or more. This ground can also be used for up to five years after that spouse’s release.
  • There is evidence of adultery during the time of the marriage.
  • The spouses have been legally separated for a year and have lived separately.
  • There was a Judgment of Separation created by the Supreme Court. This is rarely used ground.

Because marriage is a legal and emotional relationship, many legal aspects must be addressed and settled to move forward for a couple to be granted a divorce in New York. Sometimes, a couple can come to these agreements themselves and seek an uncontested divorce. But in some cases, they will need to be addressed by the court if a couple can’t agree to their own terms.

Before a divorce can be granted, many things will need to be settled by the divorcing couple, including:

  • Division of property
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Child custody

When a couple can cooperate and find common ground or negotiate terms with the assistance of a New York lawyer or mediator, it can save significant costs and time. To schedule a consultation with our experienced divorce lawyer, please call (718) 293-1542.

There are many reasons that couples seek a contested divorce in NY. One spouse may not want the divorce or feel disadvantaged, or the spouses cannot come to terms with decisions that must be made. In some cases, one spouse may be concerned about the truthfulness and transparency of the other. 

When divorcing spouses cannot make decisions or compromises necessary for their divorce, they must rely upon the legal system and litigation. This is considered a contested divorce. Once the court makes its final decisions, both spouses will be bound by them, whether they like them or not. 

Suppose you and your spouse cannot find common ground. In that case, it is essential to get skilled legal guidance to ensure your rights are fully represented during a contested divorce. Family law attorney Martin Mohr and divorce attorney Ethan Steward offer experienced representation to ensure your best interests are considered during the process. While divorce is never easy, getting experienced and knowledgeable representation is critical, especially when couples can’t agree and much is at stake.

For those couples who don’t want to navigate the costly and time-consuming process of a contested divorce, New York allows spouses to obtain an uncontested or “no-fault” divorce.

While no-fault divorces have only been recognized in New York since 2010, they are now the most utilized grounds for divorce in New York today. No-fault divorces potentially reduce the contentiousness of the divorce process and allow a more cost-effective and timely resolution for the divorcing couple to move on with their lives.

If you are considering a no-fault divorce in New York, you and your spouse must have satisfied the residency requirements and agreed:

  • That both of you want the divorce
  • That you are divorcing due to an irretrievable breakdown in your marriage
  • On the division of your marital property
  • On child custody arrangements
  • On a parenting time schedule for the noncustodial parent
  • On child support
  • On spousal support

While this seems like a lot for a divorcing couple to agree upon under the circumstances, these issues can be mediated or negotiated with the help of a New York divorce lawyer. With experienced guidance, these matters can be fairly negotiated so that you can make your own decisions, not the court.

At the New York Family Law Group, divorce attorney Ethan Steward and family law attorney Martin Mohr have guided their clients toward the best resolution possible. Whether the divorce is highly contentious or the couple has agreed to many terms of their divorce on their own, having an attorney at your side can make all the difference. If you are navigating a divorce, having our skilled legal representation ensures that all aspects of your divorce will be legally considered and addressed. You will understand your rights and the long-term consequences of your decisions to make the right ones for your future.

Call us today at (718) 293-1542 or send us an email through our form to schedule a consultation with an experienced New York attorney.

One of the most significant decisions you and your spouse face during your divorce is how you will provide for and co-parent your children. Who will be the primary custodial parent? How will you make important decisions about their healthcare and education? Who will be responsible for child support, and how much should that be?

The family court system in New York will always focus on what it determines to be in the child’s best interests. Suppose a couple cannot agree on how to emotionally and financially co-parent their children. In that case, the court will do that for them. 

When it comes to child custody and support, emotions often run high, and negotiations can be highly contentious. While the court will consider parents’ wishes when making its determinations, it will always err in the child’s best interests, not the convenience of the parents. A divorcing couple should consider getting the guidance of an experienced lawyer to navigate these critical decisions.  

New York City divorce attorney Ethan Steward and family law attorney Martin Mohr can help you understand the full legal impact of any decisions you make regarding your children and help you navigate the system, so you are in control. Once the court becomes involved with child custody and support matters, the couple must abide by the court’s decision. On the other hand, when a couple can come together to make decisions for the benefit of their children, the better for everyone involved.

Under New York law, two types of property are owned by married partners. One is separate property that has been acquired and is owned by the individual. The other is marital property that the couple has acquired during the marriage. The same holds true for separate and marital debt.

In a divorce, separate property and debt remain in each spouse’s possession and responsibility. In contrast, marital property and debt must be divided. New York is an equitable distribution state. Under equitable distribution rules, assets are equitably divided considering many different factors, including:

  • The income of each spouse
  • The separate property of each spouse
  • The length of the marriage
  • If spousal support is a factor
  • The age and health of each spouse
  • The education and earning capacity of each spouse
  • The personal wishes of each spouse about particular belongings
  • How liquid are the assets are

Equitable does not mean an even split of property and debt. Even when property division is relatively equal, some assets, such as the family home or a family business, cannot be split evenly, and other remedies must be considered.

To fairly divide marital assets, an asset valuation must be done to determine what each is worth. This will be relatively easy for some assets but more difficult for others. Couples who can negotiate and reasonably agree to divide their marital property and debt between themselves can save on costly appraisal fees and reduce points of contention. A skilled New York divorce attorney can help a couple negotiate a property division that works for both spouses.

Please get in touch with New York Family Law Group today at (718) 293-1542 to speak with a New York attorney who may be able to help with your case.

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Navigating the Emotional and Financial Issues of Divorce

Divorce is stressful at its best and wholly devastating and overwhelming at its worst. Divorce and other family law matters can run from highly complicated and contentious to cooperative and amicable. What starts as one often can change during a divorce case and do a complete about-face.

Your decisions during this time will affect your and your family’s emotional and financial future. When navigating the highly emotional and financially serious terrain of divorce, these decisions require a calm and legally knowledgeable approach. Without the proper legal representation, you could be fighting legal matters surrounding your divorce for months, if not years.

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Getting the Skilled Legal Assistance of NYC Divorce Attorneys

If you and your spouse have decided to divorce, getting level-headed and experienced legal help can help you navigate this time effectively and efficiently with your future and best interests in mind.

New York divorce attorneys Martin Mohr and Ethan Steward at the New York Family Law Group understand what you are going through and treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. We offer compassionate and skilled legal representation when you are navigating this rugged terrain. We know that there is a future beyond divorce for you and keep you focused on that time.

Our team has over 30 years of combined family law experience in New York. We provide expert legal guidance to ensure that our client’s best interests are being considered each step of the way.

Call us at (718) 293-1542 or schedule a confidential consultation through our online contact page.

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If you’re in need of a family law attorney in the Bronx, NY, we encourage you to reach out to New York Family Law Group today. We offer a free initial consultation where we can discuss the details of your case and provide you with a clear understanding of your legal options. So you can be rest assured that when you choose us, you’re choosing a team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family. Let us guide you through this challenging time.
Frequently Asked Questions

The grounds of “irretrievable breakdown” are also known as “no-fault” divorce. To use this ground for divorce, the spouses must have had a breakdown in their relationship for at least 6 months.

In addition, all economic issues including debt, division of marital property, child support and custody, and spousal maintenance must have been settled by the spouses.

To get a divorce in New York State, you must meet the residency requirement, meaning:

  • You or your spouse has been living in New York continuously for at least 2 years before the divorce
  • You or your spouse has been living in New York for at least 1 year and (1) you got married in New York, (2) you lived in New York as a married couple, or (3) the grounds for your divorce happened in New York
  • Both you and your spouse are residents of New York on the day the divorce starts, and the grounds for divorce happened in New York 

You also must meet one or more of the seven grounds for divorce in New York, meaning you have a legally acceptable reason for the divorce to occur.

There are seven grounds for divorce in New York, as follows:

  1. Irretrievable breakdown or “no fault” for at least 6 months
  2. Cruel and inhuman treatment, such as abuse or domestic violence, within the past 5 years
  3. Abandonment or “constructive” abandonment of a spouse for 1 year or more
  4. Imprisonment for 3 years or more. This ground can be used while the spouse is in prison, or up to 5 years after their release
  5. Adultery, with proof that adultery occurred during the marriage
  6. Divorce after a legal separation agreement, where an agreement is signed and the spouses live apart for 1 year
  7. Divorce after a judgment of separation, a rarely used ground where the Supreme Court creates a “judgment of separation” and the couple live apart for 1 year

Not always. In fact, it’s common to settle uncontested divorce proceedings out of court. When this happens, both spouses agree to terms of divorce, usually with the help of divorce lawyers. Then, this agreement is presented to the court. If the court approves the agreement, the divorce will be finalized.

However, if you or your spouse disagree on any particular part of the divorce and cannot come to an agreement out of court, this is known as a “contested divorce,” and must be settled in court.

New York is an “equitable property” state. This means that marital property will be divided “equitably,” though not necessarily in a 50/50 split. The court will take into account the age of both spouses, earning potential, health, and other factors to determine the division of marital property.

Marital property is any kind of property acquired during the marriage, regardless of who earned it or whose name it’s held under. This is divided during a divorce.

However, separate property is not divided. This consists of property and assets acquired before marriage, as well as certain types of property like gifts and inheritances. These assets are not divided between the divorcing couple.

Whether you are interested in settling an uncontested divorce out-of-court with your spouse, or you are involved in a contested divorce and need lawyers to represent your best interests, attorneys Martin Mohr and Ethan Steward are here to help.

At New York Family Law Group, our New York divorce attorneys will support you and guide you throughout the divorce process, and work toward the best possible outcome so that you can move forward with your life.

Contact us now at (718) 293-1542 to schedule a consultation today.

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