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Contested & Uncontested Divorce on Long Island

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce Long Island

Divorce can be broken down into two main types: Uncontested Divorce and Contested Divorce. Simply stated, an uncontested divorce is one in which both parties agree to divorce and there are no major disagreements between spouses over the terms of the divorce. A contested divorce is naturally the opposite and occurs when the spouses cannot come to an agreement on the terms of their divorce. This makes the divorce much more complicated and usually more time-consuming, stressful and expensive.

Divorce Litigation is the most common type of contested divorce, while Divorce Mediation might be the most common method to achieve an Uncontested Divorce. The experienced and compassionate Long Island divorce lawyers at the family law firm of Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. have years of experience with both Contested and Uncontested divorce and fight tirelessly to protect the rights of their clients in Nassau and Suffolk County Court every day and every step of the way. We will help you navigate the murky waters of divorce law and compassionately guide you to make the best decisions for you and your family.

When considering a divorce on Long Island, you likely have many questions and concerns about terms such as Contested and Uncontested Divorce as well as a host of other terms and issues. As experienced divorce lawyers practicing on Long Island for many years, we’re here to help you navigate these murky waters. We’ve compiled a short list of the questions we hear most often from Long Islanders like yourself. We hope these answers will help take some of the confusion out of the process for you.




Uncontested Divorce Contested DivorceA Contested Divorce is one in which:

  • One spouse either does not want the divorce and/or
  • There is no agreement between you and your spouse on issues such as:
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Finances
  • Property

An Uncontested Divorce is the opposite:

  • Both you and your spouse want the divorce
  • You both agree on
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Finances
  • Property

Between the two extremes lies the options for  divorce mediation or collaborative divorceIn these cases, you may not have come to a complete agreement with your spouse on the major issues, but you think you and your spouse could come to an agreement with some help. In these situations, you might want to consider divorce mediation or collaborative divorce.


Do I Have To Appear in Nassau County or Suffolk County Court?

No. If you and your spouse agree, and, if you have a child or children, and you and your spouse have agreed upon custody, visitation and child support, and, you have agreed upon your finances, i.e., the distribution of your property, debts and whether or not there will be spousal support, then you have the terms for an uncontested divorce. We can simply assist you in the preparation of your final settlement agreement and the submission of the “Uncontested Divorce Packet.”

Our Long Island divorce lawyers typically work with our clients on a flat fee basis for uncontested divorce. If you and your spouse do not have an agreement, you can still avoid going to court by reaching an agreement either through divorce mediation or collaborative divorce.


What if My Spouse and I Can’t See Eye to Eye on the Terms of Our Divorce?

Then we will go to court. Our attorneys have worked with thousands of clients on Long Island and have taken countless cases to trial in both Nassau County and Suffolk County courts. We have won very favorable awards for our clients as it pertains to child custody, child support, alimony and property distribution. Our attorneys are well versed in the process of litigation and have appeared in Suffolk County, Nassau County, Queens County, Kings County, New York and Westchester County. Our satisfied clients include other lawyers, doctors, nurses, teachers, police officers, firefighters, postal workers, business owners, stay-at-home mothers and fathers, blue and white collar individuals, and even those who are unemployed, disabled or retired. Regardless of your status or income, you will receive the same personal and professional service from our caring attorneys. We treat every client as if they were members of our family, and will take the smallest or largest case to trial, if necessary, to obtain the result you seek.


Will My Divorce Affect My Children?

If you have children, your divorce or separation will certainly affect them as this is a restructuring of the family structure. You owe it to your children, as well as to yourself, to hire a divorce lawyer committed to achieving the best result tailored specifically for your family.  Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. brings its experience and legal knowledge to your case to provide your family with the personal attention and high level of service you deserve.


Questions About Contested Divorce on Long Island?

To learn more about what you need to know about Contested Divorce on Long Island and how to get help to protect yourself and your future to ensure you have the freedom and resources to live a full and happy post-divorce life, visit this page: Contested Divorce Attorney Protects Your Rights & Assets




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Everett Roberts
Everett Roberts
14:30 18 Mar 20
Going through a divorce was very challenging and emotional. Searching for an attorney can be challenging as well when you consider everything that is at stake. The choice I made to work with Rob Hornberger was surely the best choice available. His professionalism, expertise, and understanding made him and the entire team perfectly suited to achieve the outcomes I desired. Rob was always available to answer my questions and give me advice and legal considerations that affected my situation. The support I received from his staff was exemplary as well. The staff was courteous, kind, and also very professional. Thank you so much Rob and team for a worry free experience.
Annemarie Cusumano
Annemarie Cusumano
21:41 17 Mar 20
Being in family court especially when your children are on the line is extremely emotional and stressful but working with Robert and Christine put me at ease and made the process as pleasant as a situation like that can be. I have a now 3 year old daughter (who is the most important person in my life) and I've been working with them for over two years since my daughter was 7 months old, the case has been up and down and through it all Rob and Christine have never given up. My original case was due to a neglect charge. Cps is not easy to work with, but Rob and Christine were vigilant and I ended up getting my daughter back within 8 months and did not have to plead guilty to the neglect. Currently I am in family court to figure out a custody agreement. They are professional, empathetic, and patient. They have always explained everything thoroughly, informed me of all my options and advised me of what my best option would be. They always respond quickly when I contact them with questions or concerns and most importantly they fight for me in court and don't give up even when things get rough. Before hiring Rob and Christine I met with other attorneys who did not make me feel confident or comfortable at all about my case, so I am very grateful to have found Rob and Christine and to be represented by such great attorneys. I highly recommend them for any family court matters and will definitely continue to use them in the future if needed.
Steven Frierman
Steven Frierman
02:25 07 Mar 20
After meeting with 3 different lawyers, we felt Robert understood us best and he genuinely had our best interests at heart. This helped us resolve a few minor issues in a timely fashion and make a potentially stressful situation go more smoothly.Thank you
Randi Gottlieb
Randi Gottlieb
18:47 03 Mar 20
Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. - Mr. Robert Hornberger and his staff are beyond professional, they quickly gave me my consultation appointment, and helped me with an after-Divorce issue. Mr. Hornberger was empathetic and explained to me what I should expect. Mr. Hornberger was extremely professional and advised me of my options, he helped me proceed with accurate and smart decisions. I wish I had Mr. Hornberger and his highly recommended staff when I was getting divorced. I would highly recommend Robert and his staff to anyone who is getting a divorce or in need of help with situations after the divorce!
Rob Spielmann
Rob Spielmann
22:15 27 Feb 20
They made our process so easy. They were there to answer and help with any questions that came up. Very friendly


  • I have known Robert for more than 8 eight years. Robert has represented many of my family and friends. Each and every one has raved about Robert’s professionalism and expertise. He is knowledgable, friendly and truly cares about his clients. I would not hesitate to continue to refer Robert and his firm in the future!
  • I’ve known Robert for most of my life, and feel very fortunate that I have been able to turn to a good friend for various kinds of legal advice. He is very intelligent, straight forward, and professional. Most importantly though, Robert always finds the fastest resolution, and will not waste your time or money. He is NOT in the habit of dragging things through litigation if there is no need for the added expense. I have referred a few of my friends to Robert, and they have all been more than satisfied in their experience with him. Highly recommend!!



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