Legal Support When You And Your Family Most Need It

The decisions made during family law proceedings have long-enduring consequences. The amount of access one has to one's children is determined. The basis for one's financial independence is established.

At the Law Offices of David Bliven, we understand exactly what is at stake. For more than 20 years, David has dedicated himself to family law. He offers individuals in Westchester (including White Plains & vicinity) and the Bronx (including Riverdale & vicinity) experienced, effective guidance as they navigate their matters.

A Knowledgeable Attorney Can Be An Important Guide

To the extent possible, it is important to remain objective. Doing so is the surest way to maintain your credibility — and, thereby, protect your interests — as your matter proceeds. To this end, our firm provides sure-handed counsel for a full range of family considerations, including:

  • Divorce matters — We assist clients in the proper appraisal and division of assets, negotiate alimony/maintenance payments, separation agreements & pre-nups - and help them avoid the most common legal missteps.
  • Advocating for your child — Children are the most important concern of any family matter. We make sure their interests are prioritized, and assist in devising support and custody agreements. We are also adept at facilitating an array of adoption and foster care matters.
  • Domestic violence — New York takes domestic violence issues seriously. We can ensure that victims receive adequate protection. We also represent individuals charged with abuse and see that they receive fair treatment in court.
  • We also handle child abuse & neglect matters as well as juvenile delinquency cases.

Our aim is to resolve matters quickly — and cost-effectively. We know the law, we know the local courts, and are skilled at negotiating favorable settlements with the opposing counsel. Yet if no agreement can be reached, we will always be prepared to represent our clients aggressively at trial.

How much will a Contested Custody or Divorce case cost me?

> Contested Custody Costs

Because Family Court custody cases in the Bronx & Westchester can last 1-2 years, attorney's fees may be as little as a few thousand, and as much as $25,000 or more over that period. Thus, broken down, it means an average of about $1-2,000+ per month over the life of the case. Be forewarned, however, that in some cases, there is alot more billing towards the front-end of the case (e.g., when trying to establish interim orders of access, etc.) and towards the back-end of the case (i.e., when the trial starts). Thus, while $1-2,000 per month may be an average, some cases may see billing of $5,000 or more in a month, and then other months have only a few hundred dollars billed to the account.

> Contested Divorce Costs

Contested divorce cases often cost even more than contested custody cases, simply because all the potential issues between the parties are handled in 1 case. Thus, issues of custody & visitation, child support, maintenance (i.e., alimony) and equitable distribution fo marital assets & debts are all done in one case. Moreover, depositions are routinely done in contested divorce cases; they are rarely done in contested Family Court custody cases. A a result, the expected fees on a contested divorce case are roughly double what one could expect to pay for a "mere" Family Court custody case. As such, one may expect to pay as little as a few thousand and as much as $50,000 or more. Indeed, I've handled contested cases with counsel fees as high as $100,000 or more. If the client gets in over their head financially, a number of options are available, including borrowing against assets or retirement (though this may take court permission), payment plans and/or legal financing. It should be noted that, while I do offer payment plans in some cases, I do not offer payment plans to all clients & in all cases. In sum, in a highly contested case, the client should be forewarned about expected costs and should raise any payment concerns with their lawyer as early in the process as possible.

Protecting Your Interests

To learn more about how the Law Offices of David Bliven can assist, or to speak with a lawyer, reach out to us. You can call our office at 914-368-7580 or schedule an appointment online. We offer free initial assessments and can arrange a full consultation at your convenience when the situation warrants it.