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Queens Divorce Lawyers: Are You Living in Queens and Thinking of Getting Divorced?

If you are experiencing Marital Difficulties, Divorce, or Family Law issues in Queens, you should consider getting a FREE Consultation from Queens Divorce Lawyers & Family Lawyers, Solomos & Storms PLLC.  We are always available to speak to you about your case and inform you of your options.  It is essential to speak to an experienced divorce and family law attorney before making any decisions regarding divorce, especially if you own property or have children.  It is important to present your self properly in court in Child Custody cases and understand how courts make decisions to award custody. 

Read our informative blog posts written by experienced Divorce and Family Lawyers to get an idea of the Divorce Process, the Family Court Process, what you will be entitled to in a divorce, Restraining Orders, and how to choose the right divorce lawyer, a guide to Prenuptial Agreements, and many other issues that often come up in Divorce and Family Law cases. 

If you need help calculating child support, watch our informative video on the home page, that takes you step by step through the process to calculate child support. 

We proudly serve clients in Astoria, Long Island City, Ditmars, Woodside, Flushing, Bayside, Rego Park, Jackson Heights, Corona, Jamaica, Elmhurst, Kew Gardens, Whitestone, College Point, Bay Terrace, Great Neck, Kings Point, Port Washington, and all areas of Queens.  We are Divorce Lawyers near you!

Divorce Settlement Agreement Queens- Get a second opinion before you sign!

If you are about to sign a divorce settlement agreement in Queens and you have any doubts whatsoever as to whether or not you’ll be getting the best deal possible, call us to
schedule your FREE second opinion consult.  It is essential to learn your rights PRIOR to signing any agreements – failure to do so can result in the loss of valuable assets, spousal support, and other items.  CALL Queens Divorce & Family Lawyers before you SIGN.

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A No Fault Divorce Can Be Granted After 6 Months of Marital Strife.

What Is A Divorce?

A divorce is a legal action taken to end a marriage. It can be done through litigation or by using a Marital Settlement Agreement. All divorce actions must proceed through the courts, whether consensual or not. The difference is, a consensual divorce can save you substantial legal fees and time.

Call Queens Divorce Lawyers & Family Lawyers for your FREE Consultation (718) 278-5900

Queens Divorce Lawyers: No-Fault Divorce Laws

No Fault Divorce can be justified by an “irretrievable breakdown” of a marriage that has lasted more than 6 months. One spouse must state under oath that the marriage has broken down for a period of at least 6 months.  This means that your spouse cannot prevent you from getting divorced if the marriage has broken down.

Another ground for no-fault divorce in New York is if the couple has lived apart for at least a year under a separation agreement or a court ordered legal separation.  Call Queens Divorce Lawyers & Family Lawyers to learn more.

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There Are Different Grounds for Divorce.

Queens Divorce Lawyers: Fault Divorce

There are several grounds for a fault divorce in Queens:

  • Abandonment for a year or more. This basically means that one spouse has left the residence for at least one year. This includes one spouse locking the other out of the marital residence for a year or more.
  • Constructive Abandonment– this is when one spouse refuses to have sexual relations for a year or more.

Cruel and Inhuman Treatment

When one spouse physically or mentally abuses the other. An example of this could be domestic violence.

Prison

If one spouse goes to prison for 3 or more years, the other spouse can file for a divorce.

Adultery

When one spouse has sexual relations outside of the marriage without the consent of the other spouse. This must have occurred within 5 years of the divorce filing.

Call Queens Divorce Lawyers & Family Lawyers to learn more. 

Contested Divorce vs Uncontested Divorce

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An Uncontested Divorce is Often Much Less Costly than a Contested Divorce.

Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested Divorce occurs when both parties agree to the terms of the divorce, and the divorce can proceed without going to trial.  It is the fastest and least costly way to get a divorce, and often helps avoid the stress of a lengthy court case.

Contested Divorce

Contested Divorce is when a couple cannot agree on the terms of the divorce and they decide to have the judge determine how the case will be resolved.  If there are children under 18 years old, this can be a long, drawn-out battle. Issues of maintenance (commonly referred to as alimony in other states), child custody, visitation, and child support are some of the most common issues couples opt to go to court to resolve.

The judge will determine how to resolve the issues after a trial, where the parties can testify, present witnesses, and other evidence in an effort to have the judge rule in their favor.  

It is best to consult with skilled Queens divorce lawyers to learn all your options so that you can strategize before filing for divorce.

Queens Divorce Lawyers & Family Lawyers will educate you how judges make decisions, prepare you for hearings and trial, and fight to make sure your interest are zealously advocated. 

Maintenance In Queens

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Maintenance and Spousal Support

Maintenance payments are payments to a spouse that enabled him or her to maintain their standard of living.  Maintenance is almost always temporary, unless their are are extenuating circumstances.  The duration of maintenance is primarily determined by the length of the marriage. 

Maintenance payments are not always made, particularly if the spouses income is relatively close — generally within 10%.  Parties may choose to waive maintenance.

Call Queens Divorce Lawyers & Family Lawyers to learn more. 

Temporary Maintenance in Queens

Temporary maintenance can be awarded during the divorce proceeding – if your spouse makes more income than you.  If you qualify for maintenance, Queens Divorce Lawyers will file a Pendente-Lite Motion in the beginning of your case to ask the court to allow you to receive maintenance during your divorce case.

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to learn more. 

Post Divorce Maintenance in Queens

At the conclusion of your divorce case you may be eligible to receive post divorce maintenance payments from your spouse.  Your ability to receive maintenance and the duration you will receive  maintenance is based on a variety of factors, but it largely depends on the income disparity between the spouses and the length of marriage.

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to learn more.

Child Custody In Queens

Child Custody in Queens.

There are two types of custody in Queens: legal custody and physical custody.  Legal custody concerns decision making authority over your children.  Physical custody (also known  as residential custody) concerns the parent that the children primarily live with.  This parent is referred to as the custodial parent.

Queens court make custody determinations based on the “best interest of the child.”  In a custody dispute, the court will evaluate the child and the parents to determine who will best meet the needs of the child.  The court will consider the age of the child, and other factors such as, which parent spends time doing homework with the child, the habits of each parent, allegations of abuse, the level of responsibility of each parent, etc.

In most cases, the child will be appointed an attorney by the court.  If the child tells his/her attorney that he/she would rather stay with a certain parent—the court will give great weight to the child’s request. Generally, courts will provide joint legal custody to parents, which gives both parents a say in how their children are raised.

Child Support In Queens

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Child Support Lawyer in Queens

In Queens, NY parents must financially support their child (including health insurance) until the child turns 21 years old.  Child support may end sooner if a child is emancipated through military service, marriage, or becomes self-supporting through gainful employment.  On the other hand, if a child has developmental disabilities, child support can be extended until the child reaches 26 years old. 

Child support includes costs for the children for basic support for daily living expenses as well as “add-ons” for education, extraordinary expenses, health care coverage, uninsured and unreimbursed health care expenses, and child care expenses if child care is needed so the parent can work or attend school.

The custodial parent receives child support payments from the non-custodial parent.  The custodial parent is usually the parent who the child lives with for most of the time  If the child lives with both parents for equal amounts of time, then the custodial parent is the parent who earns less money.

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to answer questions about child support.

Determining the Amount of Child Support in Queens

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Calculating Child Support in Queens

In Queens, NY, Child Support is calculated based on a mathematical formula that takes into consideration each parents income.  Watch our videos on the Home Page for an explanation of how to calculate child support.

The formula for basic child support is in Queens is as follows:

1. Determine both parent’s adjusted gross income by subtracting Social Security taxes, Medicare taxes, and NYC local taxes/Yonkers taxes from gross income.  Note, other federal and state taxes are not subtracted. 
2. Add both parents adjusted gross income to obtain their combined income (up to the statutory income cap, which increases each year.)
3. Depending on the number of children, the combined income will be multiplied by 17% (for one child), 25% (for two children), 29% (for three children), 31% (for four children), 35% (for five or more children). This gives you the basic support amount.
4. Next it must be determined how much the non-custodial parent must pay, known as the pro-rata share. To determine the non-custodial parent’s pro-rata share, divide the noncustodial parent’s income by the combined income. This gives the pro-rata share.
5. Multiply the basic support amount by the pro-rata share to determine the amount of child support that must be paid.
6. Maintenance payments will affect the amount of child support paid. If the noncustodial parent is paying maintenance, the maintenance payments are subtracted from their income and added to the custodial parent’s income. This will reduce the custodial parents’ pro-rata share during the time maintenance is paid.
7. Courts can deviate from the support formula for a variety of reasons. Courts can instruct a well-off parent to pay greater amounts above the statutory income cap. Courts can also reduce the amount of payments due to sickness, disability, and/or poverty issues. If a parent is working below his or her earnings capacity, income may be “imputed” to the parent, based on their work history, education, and ability to earn. If a parent is receiving free-housing or other benefits, this may be imputed as income by the court. These issues should be explored by your divorce attorney and reported to the court when applicable, so that fair and just child support is paid. 

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to learn more about calculating child support. 

What if the other spouse refuses to pay child support in Queens?

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Failure to Pay Child Support Can Result in Incarceration

If a child support order is in place – the non-custodial parent will be required to abide by it.  Some parents play games with child support to annoy their spouse.  If this occurs, Queens Divorce Lawyers can file a motion to have the child support taken directly out of the spouse’s check.  The parent will also be responsible for all unpaid arrears. 

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to learn more.

Child Visitation in Queens

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Child Visitation in Queens

Queens courts provide generous visitation to the non-custodial parent, unless improper conduct arises during visits, such as neglect, abuse, or other harmful actions. 

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to answer questions about child visitation. 

Can I Take My Child on an Extended Vacation?

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An Extended Vacation Cannot Violate the Visitation Schedule

Bringing a child on an extended vacation may require consent of the other parent so that parenting time is not interfered with.  If parents are amicable, an agreement can be worked out in advance to accommodate a trip.  Communication and a clear agreement in writing is helpful to avoid disputes about parenting time.

Spousal Misconduct During Visitation

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Interference With Child Visitation

Unfortunately, during visitation periods, some parents engage in improper conduct and try to interfere with the other parent’s relationship with the child – this is known as “alienation.”  This can include not allowing a child to talk to the other parent during visits, monitoring phone calls, or instructing the child to say harmful things to the parent, such as, “I don’t love you.”

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to learn more. 

How to stop Alienation in Queens?

Queens courts take alienation extremely seriously, and will severely punish repeat offenders.  This can include preventing visitation with the offending parent and even changing custody.  

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to learn more.

Violation of Visitation Orders in Queens

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Child Visitation Queens

The holidays should be a time of enjoyment with family.  Unfortunately, it can be a time when emotions run high and parents attempt to “weaponize” the children to antagonize their ex-spouse.  Disputes can arise as to who spends Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and other special days with the children.  To avoid this, the lawyers at Solomos & Storms, PLLC provide detailed visitation schedules in settlement agreements, to include drop off and pick up times, and other provisions that make crystal clear where the children are to be during the holidays.

In some instances a habeas corpus motion will have to be filed to have the kids immediately returned – so that vacation plans are not ruined.  

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to learn more. 

Distribution of Marital Property in Queens

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Equitable Distribution Queens, New York

A primary component of a divorce case concerns the distribution of marital property, also known as
“equitable distribution”
of marital property. Marital property is property acquired during the marriage, that is not considered personal property, and can include real estate, businesses, vehicles, boats, stocks, bank accounts, cash, pension and retirement accounts, and other assets. 

It is important to keep in mind that, unless you have an enforceable prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, your spouse is entitled to a share of your retirement, annuity, and pension plan until you file the divorce action.  Thus, the sooner you file the action, you will keep a greater share of your retirement plan.   Generally marital property is split 50/50; however, conduct during the divorce can affect this.  For example, if a spouse engaged in physical abuse during the marriage, courts take this into consideration during equitable distribution and can provide a greater share of marital property to the abused spouse.  Certain items will be deemed personal property and are exempt from equitable distribution.

 Call Solomos & Storms, PLLC to gain a greater understanding of how marital property will be distributed in your divorce.

Personal Property in Queens Divorce Cases

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Personal Property is not subject to equitable distribution in a Divorce Case.

Personal property consist of items, such as, awards from personal injury lawsuits, property acquired prior to the marriage, inheritances, gifts, and certain other property.

For example a motorcycle that was given to you by a parent as a gift is personal property, and will not be apportioned to your spouse. 

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to learn more about what assets will be considered personal property. 

Appraisal of Marital Property in Queens

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Appraising Marital Property in a Divorce Case

Appraisals

An appraiser will often need to be retained to appraise certain assets, such as real estate, businesses, vehicles, and boats.

The assets can be sold and the proceeds divided by the spouses, or one spouse can choose to buy out the other spouse’s share in the asset. This is typically the case for the marital residence, especially if there are young children living in the home and a move would disrupt their schooling or social life.

A calculation of pension contributions during the marriage will also need to be performed to determine your spouse’s equitable share in your pension.  Pension and retirement accounts are generally distributed via a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) – which is a court order requiring a portion of a spouse’s pension or retirement plan to be assigned or paid to the other spouse.  

Keep in mind that your spouse will be entitle to a portion of your pension and retirement plan until you file for divorce.  Once you file the divorce case your spouse will no longer be entitled to these contributions.  Therefore, the sooner you file for divorce, you will keep a greater portion of your retirement.

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to learn more.

Apportionment of Assets

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Asset Distribution in a Divorce Case.

Marital property will be distributed either by a Settlement Agreement, if the parties can agree, or by the court after a trial. 

When the parties can agree on asset distribution, we draft settlement agreements that dictate how the property will be divided.  This can save considerable expense, and avoid the need of going to trial, where a judge would determine how the assets are to be distributed.

Who Keeps the Car in a Divorce Case?

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The Court Must Determine if the Car is Marital Property or Separate Property Before a Decision is Made on Who Gets the Car.

In order to determine who keeps the car in a divorce case, the court must first determine if the car is Marital Property or Separate Property.  If the car is Separate Property, the spouse who currently owns the car will keep it.  

If the car is Marital Property, the parties will have options on how to apportion the value of the car.  For example, one spouse can buy out the other spouse’s share, after an appraisal is made.  The parties can choose to sell the car and split the proceeds.  In many cases, the court will provide a credit to a spouse who paid the down payment on the car.  This spouse will get reimbursed for the down payment.  Any loans must be paid off and the remaining proceeds will be allocated to the spouses.

Settlement Agreements in Queens

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Settlement Agreements in a Divorce Case Can Save Time & Money!

We are aware of the immense financial and emotional burden that divorce litigation can cause. To alleviate this, we do our best to amicably resolve disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible. In the majority of our cases, we are able to negotiate a settlement agreement that is acceptable to both parties, encompassing issues of visitation, child custody, maintenance, property distribution, distribution of retirement and pension accounts, payment of credit card debt (and other debts), and other issues required to resolve the case.

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to learn more.

Trial in Queens

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Trial in a Divorce Case Queens, New York

Not all cases can be resolved through settlement. In some instances, a spouse will make an unreasonable settlement demand that is not just or equitable.  In these cases trial may be your best option to obtain a fair resolution.

At trial, we present witnesses and evidence to demonstrate to the court that our desired outcome should be granted.

You will likely be called to testify at trial. If you have children, your children’s appointed lawyer will present evidence at trial on behalf of your children, such as, the child’s requested living arrangement and other issues that your child has communicated to his or her appointed attorney.

Contact Queens Divorce Lawyers to learn more.

We Look Forward to Working With You in Your Divorce and Family Law Case

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Family Attorneys and Divorce Attorneys in Queens, New York

Queens Divorce Lawyer & Family Lawyers is a veteran owned business.  One of the founding partners, Derrick Storms, Esq., served in the United States Marine Corps during the Iraq War.  Our mission is to provide the most efficient and effective legal service possible.  We look forward to working with you.

Call us today for a FREE Consultation. Our Queens Divorce Lawyers & Family Lawyers are here to help you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

An uncontested divorce in Queens, NY can start anywhere from $1,500 and up, depending on the complexity of the case. This does not include court costs.

A contested divorce can start off with a retainer of $3,750 and up. An average divorce, without major assets and no children can cost approximately $6,500, depending on the complexity of your case and the number of issues in dispute.  Call Solomos & Storms, PLLC to obtain a quote on your specific case. Our experienced  divorce attorneys will be happy to assist you.


*Please keep in mind that these costs are all speculative and may vary, depending on the circumstances.  Depending on the complexity of the issues and the number of issues in dispute – addition court time and costs increase.


A separation agreement will cost somewhere in the vicinity of $2500, not including filing fees and court costs. A small estate with a pre-nuptial agreement would probably cost about $3,000.  Costs increase with larger estates.

A Family Court Petition can start at $3,500 depending on the issue. 

A divorce is the judicial dissolution of a marriage– it requires a court order from a judge in order to be finalized. 

A separation agreement is a contractual dissolution does not need to be signed off on by the court. It is not a divorce, but it is a legal step which often leads to a divorce.

A contested divorce is when the parties disagree on matters concerning the marriage such as the division of assets and child custody matters.

A contested divorce is fought out in court, often leading to increased legal fees and longer resolution times.

No, a divorce trial is held in front of a judge. This is referred to as a bench trial, where the judge, not a jury, decides on the outcomes of various aspects of the divorce.

People often wonder who pays child support when you get divorced. A lot of people assume that the father automatically pays child support. This is not so. A mother may be required to pay child support, depending on certain circumstances.

The NYS Legislature has enacted a child support formula which judges use as a guideline to calculate which parent pays child support and how much child support is paid. A Family Court Judge may also use their own discretion to decide the amount of support and which parent pays.  Contact Solomos & Storms, PLLC to find out how much child support will be paid.

Some of the factors the court may use to determine who pays how much are which parent has residential custody of the child, which parent makes more money, and living expenses, to name a few. In the end, the court will decide the financial responsibilities of each parent when it comes to paying child support in Queens.

Yes, the court can order who is sometimes referred to as “the monied spouse” to pay the other spouse’s legal fees. This might happen in the case of a doctor’s husband or wife who is not employed. The doctor may be ordered to pay for their spouse’s lawyer! In a high asset divorce, you need top divorce lawyers.  If you are getting divorced in Queens call Solomos and Storms, PLLC for a FREE consultation to learn your rights and options. 

Yes, NYS Laws govern the counties, this includes Queens.

If you are getting divorced in Queens, NY, you will be required to appear in Queens Supreme Court at some point. The Queens Supreme Court is located at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd, Queens, NY 11435.

The phone number for Queens Supreme Court is (718) 298-1000

Supreme, Civil Term

Jamaica
88-11 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11435
Phone: 718-298-1000
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, closed on holidays
ADA accessibility: Entrance ramp located at rear of building (148th St.). Contact the court for specific accommodations.
Security: Visitors must pass through a magnetometer prior to entering the court.
Parking: Metered parking on the surrounding streets. Private parking lots are across from courthouse.
Directions: Courthouse is located on Sutphin Blvd. between 88th & 89th Aves., approximately 1/4 mile east of Van Wyck Expressway/ Hillside Ave. intersection. Take Hillside Ave. or Jamaica Ave. to Sutphin Blvd.
Public Transportation
By Train - The "F" train stops at Sutphin Boulevard. The Courthouse is located one block South on Sutphin Boulevard. The "E", "J", and "Z" trains stop at Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave. The Courthouse is located three blocks North on Sutphin Boulevard.
The Jamaica courthouse is within 3 blocks of the Jamaica L.I.R.R. station.
By Bus - The Q40, Q43Q44, and Q60 bus lines stop near the Courthouse. For further information, contact the NYCTA.

Long Island City
25-10 Court Square
Long Island City NY 11101
Phone: 718-298-1000
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, closed on holidays
ADA accessibility: Entrance ramp located at front of building. Contact the court for specific accommodations.
Security: Visitors must pass through a magnetometer prior to entering the court.
Parking: There is a public parking lot in the back of the courthouse.
Directions: The courthouse is located at Jackson Ave. and Thompson St. in Long Island City, across from the Citibank building. From Manhattan, take the first exit out of the Midtown tunnel, keep right and follow the circle to 21st St., turn right on Jackson Ave, courthouse is 1/2 mile ahead on the right. From the east, take Queens Blvd. to Thompson St., courthouse will be on the left or take the L.I.E. to the Van Dam St. exit, turn right on Van Dam St., then left on Thompson St.

Public Transportation
By Train - The "V" and "E" trains stop at "23rd St./Ely Ave., the "G" train stops at Court Square and the "7" train stops at Court House Square. The Courthouse is located across Jackson Ave. from the Citibank tower.
By Bus - The Q19A, Q39, Q67, and B61 bus lines stop near the Courthouse. For further information, contact the NYCTA.

No, there are times your lawyer can go to court without you. It is best if you attend as many court dates as possible to keep abreast of the goings on in your case, and to assist in it as well. No one knows your circumstances better than you do – you have lived through them.  The divorce lawyers at Solomos & Storms, PLLC welcome your insights and input into the case.  

Queens Supreme Courthouse

88-11 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435 to 33-08 Broadway

Drive 9.6 miles, 18 min
88-11 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11435, USA

Get on I-678 N from Hillside Avenue

1. Head north on Sutphin Blvd toward 88th Ave [4 min (0.6 mi)]
2. Turn left onto Hillside Avenue [0.1 mi]
Pass by Advance Auto Parts (on the right in 0.2 mi)
3. Continue straight to stay on Hillside Avenue [0.3 mi]
4. Turn right onto 138th St/Van Wyck Expy [351 ft]
5. Take the I-678 N/Van Wyck Expwy N ramp on the left to Whitestone Br/Bronx [351 ft]

Take Grand Central Pkwy to 31st St. Take exit 45 from I-278 E

6. Merge onto I-678 N [11 min (8.1 mi)]
7. Use the left 2 lanes to take exit 10 to merge onto Grand Central Pkwy toward La Guardia Arpt/RFK Br [0.5 mi]
8. Keep left to stay on Grand Central Pkwy [2.9 mi]
9. Continue onto I-278 E [4.1 mi]
10. Take exit 45 toward 31 St [0.3 mi]

Continue on 31st St. Take 32nd St to Broadway

11. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto 31st St [7 min (0.9 mi)]
12. Turn left onto 30th Ave [0.3 mi]
13. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto 32nd St [262 ft]
14. Turn left onto Broadway [0.4 mi]
Destination will be on the right

Our Queens office
33-08 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106 

Queens Divorce Lawyers & Family Lawyers serves Astoria, Long Island City, Ditmars, Woodside, Flushing, Bayside, Rego Park, Jackson Heights, Corona, Jamaica, Elmhurst, Kew Gardens, Whitestone, College Point, Bay Terrace, Great Neck, Kings Point, Port Washington, and all areas of Queens.

An uncontested divorce in Queens, NY can start anywhere from $1,500 and up, depending on the complexity of the case. This does not include court costs.

A contested divorce can start off with a retainer of $3,750 and up. An average divorce, without major assets and no children can cost approximately $6,500, depending on the complexity of your case and the number of issues in dispute.  Call Solomos & Storms, PLLC to obtain a quote on your specific case. Our experienced  divorce attorneys will be happy to assist you.


*Please keep in mind that these costs are all speculative and may vary, depending on the circumstances.  Depending on the complexity of the issues and the number of issues in dispute – addition court time and costs increase.


A separation agreement will cost somewhere in the vicinity of $2500, not including filing fees and court costs. A small estate with a pre-nuptial agreement would probably cost about $3,000.  Costs increase with larger estates.

A Family Court Petition can start at $3,500 depending on the issue. 

A divorce is the judicial dissolution of a marriage– it requires a court order from a judge in order to be finalized. 

A separation agreement is a contractual dissolution does not need to be signed off on by the court. It is not a divorce, but it is a legal step which often leads to a divorce.

A contested divorce is when the parties disagree on matters concerning the marriage such as the division of assets and child custody matters.

A contested divorce is fought out in court, often leading to increased legal fees and longer resolution times.

No, a divorce trial is held in front of a judge. This is referred to as a bench trial, where the judge, not a jury, decides on the outcomes of various aspects of the divorce.

People often wonder who pays child support when you get divorced. A lot of people assume that the father automatically pays child support. This is not so. A mother may be required to pay child support, depending on certain circumstances.

The NYS Legislature has enacted a child support formula which judges use as a guideline to calculate which parent pays child support and how much child support is paid. A Family Court Judge may also use their own discretion to decide the amount of support and which parent pays.  Contact Solomos & Storms, PLLC to find out how much child support will be paid.

Some of the factors the court may use to determine who pays how much are which parent has residential custody of the child, which parent makes more money, and living expenses, to name a few. In the end, the court will decide the financial responsibilities of each parent when it comes to paying child support in Queens.

Yes, the court can order who is sometimes referred to as “the monied spouse” to pay the other spouse’s legal fees. This might happen in the case of a doctor’s husband or wife who is not employed. The doctor may be ordered to pay for their spouse’s lawyer! In a high asset divorce, you need top divorce lawyers.  If you are getting divorced in Queens call Solomos and Storms, PLLC for a FREE consultation to learn your rights and options. 

Yes, NYS Laws govern the counties, this includes Queens.

If you are getting divorced in Queens, NY, you will be required to appear in Queens Supreme Court at some point. The Queens Supreme Court is located at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd, Queens, NY 11435.

The phone number for Queens Supreme Court is (718) 298-1000

Supreme, Civil Term

Jamaica
88-11 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11435
Phone: 718-298-1000
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, closed on holidays
ADA accessibility: Entrance ramp located at rear of building (148th St.). Contact the court for specific accommodations.
Security: Visitors must pass through a magnetometer prior to entering the court.
Parking: Metered parking on the surrounding streets. Private parking lots are across from courthouse.
Directions: Courthouse is located on Sutphin Blvd. between 88th & 89th Aves., approximately 1/4 mile east of Van Wyck Expressway/ Hillside Ave. intersection. Take Hillside Ave. or Jamaica Ave. to Sutphin Blvd.
Public Transportation
By Train - The "F" train stops at Sutphin Boulevard. The Courthouse is located one block South on Sutphin Boulevard. The "E", "J", and "Z" trains stop at Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave. The Courthouse is located three blocks North on Sutphin Boulevard.
The Jamaica courthouse is within 3 blocks of the Jamaica L.I.R.R. station.
By Bus - The Q40, Q43Q44, and Q60 bus lines stop near the Courthouse. For further information, contact the NYCTA.

Long Island City
25-10 Court Square
Long Island City NY 11101
Phone: 718-298-1000
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, closed on holidays
ADA accessibility: Entrance ramp located at front of building. Contact the court for specific accommodations.
Security: Visitors must pass through a magnetometer prior to entering the court.
Parking: There is a public parking lot in the back of the courthouse.
Directions: The courthouse is located at Jackson Ave. and Thompson St. in Long Island City, across from the Citibank building. From Manhattan, take the first exit out of the Midtown tunnel, keep right and follow the circle to 21st St., turn right on Jackson Ave, courthouse is 1/2 mile ahead on the right. From the east, take Queens Blvd. to Thompson St., courthouse will be on the left or take the L.I.E. to the Van Dam St. exit, turn right on Van Dam St., then left on Thompson St.

Public Transportation
By Train - The "V" and "E" trains stop at "23rd St./Ely Ave., the "G" train stops at Court Square and the "7" train stops at Court House Square. The Courthouse is located across Jackson Ave. from the Citibank tower.
By Bus - The Q19A, Q39, Q67, and B61 bus lines stop near the Courthouse. For further information, contact the NYCTA.

No, there are times your lawyer can go to court without you. It is best if you attend as many court dates as possible to keep abreast of the goings on in your case, and to assist in it as well. No one knows your circumstances better than you do – you have lived through them.  The divorce lawyers at Solomos & Storms, PLLC welcome your insights and input into the case.  

Queens Supreme Courthouse

88-11 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435 to 33-08 Broadway

Drive 9.6 miles, 18 min
88-11 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11435, USA

Get on I-678 N from Hillside Avenue

1. Head north on Sutphin Blvd toward 88th Ave [4 min (0.6 mi)]
2. Turn left onto Hillside Avenue [0.1 mi]
Pass by Advance Auto Parts (on the right in 0.2 mi)
3. Continue straight to stay on Hillside Avenue [0.3 mi]
4. Turn right onto 138th St/Van Wyck Expy [351 ft]
5. Take the I-678 N/Van Wyck Expwy N ramp on the left to Whitestone Br/Bronx [351 ft]

Take Grand Central Pkwy to 31st St. Take exit 45 from I-278 E

6. Merge onto I-678 N [11 min (8.1 mi)]
7. Use the left 2 lanes to take exit 10 to merge onto Grand Central Pkwy toward La Guardia Arpt/RFK Br [0.5 mi]
8. Keep left to stay on Grand Central Pkwy [2.9 mi]
9. Continue onto I-278 E [4.1 mi]
10. Take exit 45 toward 31 St [0.3 mi]

Continue on 31st St. Take 32nd St to Broadway

11. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto 31st St [7 min (0.9 mi)]
12. Turn left onto 30th Ave [0.3 mi]
13. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto 32nd St [262 ft]
14. Turn left onto Broadway [0.4 mi]
Destination will be on the right

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33-08 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106 

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