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Contested Divorce



Divorce is usually the most difficult experience a person will go through in their lifetime. Divorce will influence your future life and the lives of your children. It is therefore very important to choose the right legal team to guide you through this traumatic and difficult experience.

In New York State, to get a divorced, you need to have what is called a cause of action for divorce otherwise known as a “legally acceptable reason to be divorced”. Acceptable reasons for divorce in New York include an irretrievable breakdown in a relationship for a period of at least six months, cruel and inhuman treatment, abandonment, imprisonment, and adultery.

Contested divorces oftentimes bring out the worst in people and are highly litigious. Divorces involve issues of property distribution, custody of children and financial security for your future. As with any breakup, both sides are usually hurt and may feel unappreciated or used, which will fuel the ongoing divorce battle. Being involved in a contested divorce usually brings out negative emotions and may interfere with your ability to think rationally. You will, therefore, require an experienced attorney during your divorce proceedings to help you organize your case in a cognizant way to get what you deserve. Our attorneys at the Sharova Law Firm with over 70 years of combined legal experience will help you to obtain the best possible outcome in court.

We always listen. The first step to battling a contested divorce is to organize your case. We will set up a time for you to come into our office to go over each aspect of your case to map out a plan of action. We will always listen to your concerns and cover every available option of representation in your case.

With decades of matrimonial experience, the attorneys at the Sharova Law Firm are swift and skillful negotiators as well as aggressive litigators.


Contested divorces are extremely complicated. If you think you can deal with your spouse without an attorney, you are making a huge mistake. New York’s divorce law is extremely complicated; with the added frequent changes, it is extremely important to hire an attorney who will has the required knowledge and ability to represent you zealously.

In determining who gets what financially, a fault is usually not a factor. Instead, the property is divided by way of equitable distribution and equitable is not always equal. For the most part, with the absence of existing prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, anything that was obtained during the marriage is marital property.

There are many exceptions to this which you must be aware of. Exceptions include separate property – which could be properly obtained by you as part of an inheritance, personal injury awards or property obtained by you prior to the marriage. There are also many exceptions to this as well. Such as, whether a separate property was comingled with marital property and is now considered marital property. The only way to be sure that your rights are protected, you must retain the services of an experienced New York matrimonial attorney to explain your rights and protect you in your divorce battle.

Another area which you must be aware of is maintenance otherwise known as alimony. Alimony is based on a very complicated formula which calculates the number of months or years over which it will be paid as well as the amounts. We can explain your rights to you and devise a unique plan for your divorce case.

Our approach is unique to each case. Oftentimes, contested divorces include child custody disputes. Child custody is determined by what is considered “the best interests of a child”. Our skilled New York child custody attorneys know what is necessary to obtain custody – either sole or joint – by delving into a variety of factors, including mental and physical health, finances, parenting skills, lifestyles, domestic violence as well as special needs.

Whenever there are children present in the divorce dispute, child support must always be addressed. Child support in New York is based on a formula and the law on child support is very complicated. For the most part, child support ends when a child reaches the age of 21, there are, however, many exceptions to this. Additionally, you may not know this, in New York, both parents are responsible for the support of their children. As such, the formula calculation for child support accounts for incomes of both the custodial and the non-custodial parent. In addition to child support, there are other expenses which are referred to as add-on expenses. These add-on expenses are paid for things such as extracurricular activities, tutoring and unreimbursed medical.


Choosing a divorce attorney is a very complicated task. Some of the factors that you should consider are:

1. Whether your divorce attorney has enough experience and knowledge to represent you adequately; This is of utmost importance because otherwise, you will be at an incredible disadvantage. The attorneys at the Sharova Law Firm have over 70 years of combined legal experience and have settled and litigated a countless number of cases involving contested divorces.

2. Whether your divorce attorney can negotiate well and litigate well; divorces require exceptional negotiation skills to negotiate the best possible agreement for you. however, not all divorces can be settled by agreement, as such, it is equally as important that an attorney has a courtroom presence and can litigate your case effectively to achieve the results you want.

3. Whether your divorce attorney will be available in event of an emergency. Divorce cases often involve issues of domestic violence and child custody aspects; this means that an emergency can arise where you must have access to your attorney for advice. Our attorneys at the Sharova Law Firm are always available to take your call whether it be late at night or over the weekend.

4. Whether you get along with your divorce attorney. You should feel comfortable with your divorce attorney to discuss your darkest secrets and fears because this person will be with you through this entire difficult ordeal. Our legal team has the required knowledge, patience and truly cares about each one of our clients. We always listen and offer sound advice. We pride ourselves on being there for our clients because we understand that going through a divorce is probably the most difficult experience you will face. Contested divorce cases mean some unresolved questions among the couple. The best way to deal with that is a seasoned divorce attorney, one you can fully rely on. With our law firm, you can be sure you get one of an experienced New York attorneys.

Each case is unique and requires a unique approach. We consider all options and always think outside the box. Although divorce law is the same for each case, each set of facts is different and there is no one shoe fits all in divorce cases. The only commonality between all divorces is that it will change your life and the lives of those around you. It is therefore extremely important to prepare for your contested divorce battle by hiring an experienced legal team. Our attorneys at the Sharova Law Firm are highly skilled and experienced, no cases are too difficult for us.


Our fees are reasonable. From the time, you call us to the time your case is finished, we will always be there for you protecting your interests. What you will get with hiring our legal team is our promise that we will fight for you and obtain the best possible outcome in your case. We understand that the divorce process is costly and we will work with you to make sure that you can afford our fees.

As well, remember that attorney fees are fixed to hours they spend working on your case. It also includes the time they spend on a road to the court and back (around 2 or 3 hours every time). Law Office of Yelena Sharova is situated in the city center, in around 15 minutes to all courts, which decreases costs much for you.

Even mutually accepted divorce can be a serious challenge for both ex-spouses, but contested divorce makes its proceeding even more difficult and frustrating. Contact our top New York contested divorce lawyer to find out what steps can we do together to move forward through that continuous process.

Our legal team is working hard to be sure we can reach your interests and protect your rights in the best favorable way for you. No matter how good is your ex-spouse’s lawyer, choose our services and ensure we are the best.