Family Law

A Family Law Attorney for All

  • Divorce – Divorce can be a messy and draining ordeal. At the outset, most people are stressed about what’s to come, especially in terms of how much it’ll cost them. The good news is that the friendlier of terms you’re on with your spouse, the faster and less expensive your divorce will be. Conversely, couples whose marriages are relatively acrimonious may discover that divorce is a long and expensive process. No matter what camp your situation falls in, it’s a good family law attorney’s duty to understand where their client is coming from and to help them manage their expectations.

Even though this freedom isn’t free, it’s still possible to dissolve your marriage without dissolving your savings account in the process. At Gamalski Law, we’ll be here to guide you through every step of your divorce proceeding, but we’ll never drag things out to make an extra buck. Our primary concern is you, the client, and we’ll do everything in our power to help you get what you deserve–all for a flat fee. We fight hard for our clients’ rights and access to their children, whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. We also handle all matters related to divorce, such as child custody, spousal support, and visitation schedules.

Our divorce-related services include:

      • Parenting Plan Preparation – $1495
      • Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) Preparation – $1595 and up
      • Uncontested Divorce Document Preparation – $1795 plus filing fees
      • Custom Stipulation of Settlement, Separation, or Divorce Agreement Preparation – $2595
      • Child Custody Modification – $5095
  • Collaborative Divorce – Collaborative divorce is a process by which a couple dissolves their marriage through mediation and negotiation, removing the need for a judge to make important property or custody-related decisions. A collaborative divorce can save you time, money, and emotional strife since you’re working together to create a plan that works for both of you. Of course, both you and your spouse will each need an attorney to help you accomplish this.

This is a great option for couples without children or marital property and who don’t want to fight over every little detail. Gamalski Law offers collaborative divorce services that won’t drag couples into litigation. For ethical reasons, however, Attorney Gamalski cannot represent both spouses in a collaborative divorce.

  • Custody – Unfortunately, children often become emotional pawns in contentious divorces, where one spouse hopes to get their revenge in the form of a child custody order that favors them. It’s not uncommon for parents with “the upper hand” to manipulate their children for their own benefit, and this emotional alienation can be almost impossible to prove in court. Moreover, child custody battles can turn into a revolving-door legal matter, where parents battle in and out of the court for months because of lingering bitterness.

For these reasons, Attorney Gamalski is highly selective about the custody cases she takes. She knows that the New York family law courts won’t take just any custody case, and therefore, is adamant about winning them when they do. Often, she strives to resolve these disputes before they go to trial, as they can become incredibly drawn-out once in court.

  • Adoption – While adopting a child can be a joyous occasion, it can stem from painful circumstances, such as abuse or neglect. Gamalski Law handles adoption cases and all adoption-related matters in New York State, such as counseling for foster parents, grandparents, and other legal guardians who have decided to expand their family in this loving, inclusive way.
  • LGBTQ+ Family Law – Since the national legalization of gay marriage, LGBTQ+ couples around the country have finally begun to enjoy the same legal rights as married heterosexual couples. Of course, marital strife can spring up in couples of all orientations, and Attorney Gamalski takes pride in helping LGBTQ+ families navigate the complexities of family law as it pertains to them specifically, including divorce, separation, and adoption.
  • Guardianship – Guardianship is the legal process through which the court grants a person the right to make decisions for someone who is unable to make them for themselves, like a minor, a developmentally disabled individual, or an incapacitated adult.

In the case of minors, sometimes a parent can no longer care for the child and needs someone else to step in for them. In New York State, any child who is over 14 years of age and is not physically, mentally, or developmentally disabled must give their consent along with both of their parents before guardianship can be transferred. The new legal guardian can be chosen according to the child’s wishes, because they’ve been listed in the parents’ will, or by a judge and without taking either the parents’ or child’s preferences into consideration.

Developmentally or intellectually disabled individuals can request a new guardian under Article 17-A Guardianship. To petition for this guardianship, documents certifying the individual’s mental condition must be obtained by the individual’s psychologist and one of their doctors, or two of their doctors. This documentation must verify that the individual has a mental disability and cannot “manage their own affairs” because of this disability.

Last but not least, incapacitated adults can change guardians under Article 81 Guardianship. Article 81 Guardianship is unique in that each case is highly individualized; the decisions that the guardian makes and the decisions that the individual makes vary from case to case. However, a court evaluator must first visit with the incapacitated individual and determine whether they need a guardian or not and what decisions the guardian should be able to make.

Gamalski Law handles all New York State guardianship cases in addition to her other services listed above. No matter what the matter is, she’ll treat each case with the attention, compassion, and fierce advocacy it deserves. To learn more about our family law services, please contact Gamalski Law.

Due to the circumstantial nature of litigation billing, we cannot offer exact prices on cases involving litigation. Please contact Attorney Gamalski for further information.