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  • How Is Child Custody Determined in New York?
    In most states, including New York, Courts consider the best interests of the child when making a custody determination. There is no prima facie or default standard for determining which parent should have primary custody. Instead, the Courts weigh a number of factors in making its determination. The legal system can be complex, and can feel overwhelming when something as
  • How Does Adultery Affect the Divorce Process in New York?
    Anyone seeking a divorce must explain the reason for their marriage dissolution. In New York, infidelity can be grounds for a divorce. If your spouse was unfaithful and you are looking into divorce, it is best to consult with a trained family lawyer about how adultery affects the divorce process in New York. The aftermath of a breakup is miserable
  • Can I Force My Spouse To Leave My House in New York?
    Divorce can be an emotionally challenging and complicated process. One of the most significant concerns that can arise during this time is often related to housing arrangements. Many individuals facing divorce in New York wonder whether they have the legal right to force their spouse to leave the marital home. This blog will explore the options available to individuals seeking
  • How Do Insurance Coverages Change With Divorce in New York?
    Going through a divorce can be a confusing and draining process for all parties involved. Handling different types of insurance throughout this transition can pose a unique challenge, as there are many ways a divorce can affect coverage. In some cases, both parties may be able to agree to terms for how insurance will be handled. Other times, these decisions
  • The Colwell Law Group Named a 2023 Law Firm 500 Honoree
    At The Colwell Law Group, our continuous growth and commitment to our clients have propelled us on an exceptional journey these last four years. We are delighted to announce that this dedication has earned our firm a distinguished place on the 2023 Law Firm 500 Honorees list, a recognition awarded to the fastest-growing law firms in the nation. This accolade
  • Can You Change a Child’s Last Name in a Divorce?
    There are numerous legal matters to address when going through a divorce, especially when children are involved. One common question is whether it is possible to change a child's last name during or after a divorce. The answer to this question may vary depending on the jurisdiction, but in this article, we will focus on changing a child's last name
  • Are COVID-19 Vaccination Beliefs Creating Legal Conflicts?
    Vaccination is often a contentious matter. Some choose to receive vaccines, while others choose not to. For parents that are divorcing that have opposing viewpoints on vaccines, difficulties arise regarding their children’s visitation rights and schedules. Divorce cases that had been untouched and inactive for years are now being reopened in families with incompatible beliefs or levels of comfort regarding
  • Custody of Pets and Animals During Divorce
    Courts in New York State are responsible for considering the ownership and monetary value of goods and assets in the home during divorce proceedings. In terms of ownership and distribution, the Courts treat pets just like any other item or property. This ultimately means that a divorce Court Order will likely determine pet custody. Are there other choices available, to
  • The Cost of Divorce in New York
    Going through a divorce is difficult, and is often so in a myriad of ways for each person involved. Divorce is stressful and results in significant life changes, all of which impact the most important areas of the participants’ lives. Lifestyle changes and financial responsibilities shift, as well as considerations about costs relating to raising children separately. Navigating financial burdens
  • Important Questions to Ask Your Divorce Lawyer
    The divorce process can be incredibly overwhelming. It may be difficult to determine a starting point, especially if you do not know what the law requires. If you are unable to settle your divorce without litigation, the first step is to find a lawyer who is committed to help you. That attorney – your counsel and divorce law expert -
Shawn Antalek
Shawn Antalek
23:20 03 Jun 23
Divorce is probably the most frightening thing I have ever had to go through in my life. Nothing can prepare you for... what you're going to experience - whether that be emotionally, monetarily, or just the sheer amount of knowledge required to navigate through. Picking the right law group and then attorney/lawyer is just the beginning. The options are endless and you can only hope you make the right decision. I was assigned to Marissa Gordon, and words truly cannot express how thankful and lucky I am. From the beginning she was beyond approachable and made herself available for every question/concern/need/etc. in a very timely manner. I cannot begin to explain how scared this whole situation has made me feel, but at the end of the day I felt safe knowing that she was handling my case. Thank you for all the care, consideration, and treating me like a human, not just a number. I know this is a decision I'll never regret.read more
Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas
18:15 02 Jun 23
Employed Colwell for a custody case. First lawyer seemed disinterested and unhelpful. Was appointed Kyle Starks after... that. He was attentive, reachable, and truly cared about me and my kids. We were successful in large part to his counsel and work. Highly recommend.read more
Jessica Phillips
Jessica Phillips
19:37 30 Mar 23
I contacted the Colwell law group when I needed an attorney. Amanda Iannone-Hens was assigned to represent me and did... an excellent job. She made me feel comfortable and answered my questions in a very timely fashion. Should the need arise, I will absolutely retain her services again. I highly recommend this law firm!read more
Stephen Gomula
Stephen Gomula
19:08 24 Feb 23
Divorce and custody issues are never easy, but the staff at Colwell are amazing and made me feel comfortable and put my... mind at ease. My initial contact was with Lauren. She was professional and made me feel like family. I would recommend Cowell Law Group to anyone beginning the Family Court process.read more
Margaret Delanoy
Margaret Delanoy
18:01 31 Jan 23
My Divorce Consultation experience at The Colwell Law Group In Albany was great!Their Client Relations Manager, Jill... Boomhower, is very knowledgeable, kind, personable and responsive to my questions. The expertise of the consultation has made me certain that this is the law group that I want to represent me.read more
Bonnie McCall
Bonnie McCall
12:13 30 Nov 22
The kindness and understanding shown to me when I called this group for help was something I had not experienced... before. Jill explained in great detail what they thought they could do to help me. She spent time and most of all showed me great compassion. I was not prepared for the empathetic response. I highly recommend this group. I felt like they treated me as a family member, not a stranger. This is unusual in a world that sometimes forgets to be humane to one another. I am very thankful to her, and look forward to working with them.read more
Miguel Ortiz
Miguel Ortiz
15:51 04 Nov 22
After almost a whole year of feeling nothing but stress on my shoulders, Colwell Law Group has lifted that stress in... every aspect! My attorney, Amanda Iannone-Hens, has been very insightful and vigilant throughout my case. I'm very grateful for what everyone has done for me; from the first time I called looking for help in the little amount of time I had and until now I have nothing but gratitude for this firm and all they've done for me!read more
Jackson Goodman
Jackson Goodman
18:30 14 Oct 22
Very nice people! Very helpful and understanding through the whole process! I feel they went above and beyond to make... things easier and smoother. Very knowledgeable in their practice and easy to communicate with in a timely fashion. Plus they always have coffee. Lindsey Philips was awesome to work with and also my attorney Kyle Starks was awesome too! Would recommend him to anyone!read more
Yu Wang
Yu Wang
16:53 01 Oct 22
I like the starting process here. You don’t have to pay a few hundred dollars initial consultation fee just to... understand how the lawyers to handle your case. Instead, you meet with a very experienced customer relationship person to take the background information and arrange the legal support for you. I met with Linsey and very much impressed with her professionalism and compassion. She’s knowledgeable, responsible, and cares. I’m happy with the experience.read more
Katee Breault
Katee Breault
23:36 26 Aug 22
I retained Anthony Sokolowski, 17 months into my divorce and custody case. I could not have made a better decision.... Anthony, wanted to understand where exactly we were in the divorce/custody case, so that he could be sure that we were all working together towards a common goal.Anthony was not only understanding that divorce and custody cases are hard, but was also willing to work around my work schedule, always listened to what I had to say, and addressed each and every concern, always made sure that I fully understood each and every possible outcome. Even though this was a hard case to handle, he always made me feel important, and that he truly cared and not that I was just another paying client on his books.I could not have been happier with the decision to retain him for counsel, he went with every twist that this case had, and there was plenty always ensuring me that things will get better, and we are in this together. Anthony took a already hard situation, and made each conversation feel a little lighter with his sense of humor, and kind words. It was nice to finally have counsel that truly cared, and we were working towards a common goal. While working towards a common goal we were finally able to end the case, and everyone is pleased with the outcome. I would highly recommend him, to friends or family in the event that they were dealt the cards I was.Anthony truly is a stunning attorney, with a gentle heart, kinds words, and has a unique ability to be able shed some light on our darkest of days.Thankful for all those i encountered at the firm, but more importantly thankful for Anthony's understanding, and flexibility because this was a tough case, he took it on without even knowing the history of 17 months.read more
NY Analog
NY Analog
13:09 15 Aug 22
Through a yearlong and difficult divorce, Anthony Sokolowski was a skilled attorney who helped me navigate the most... challenging aspects of a divorce and custody battle. He was on top of things throughout, always patient and empathetic. When things got tough he was a strong defender and he had embodied my situation when I needed him to do that.read more
Lucinda Yates
Lucinda Yates
22:43 04 Aug 22
I retained Attorney Anthony Sokolowski for my very difficult and complicated divorce and custody case. Anthony was not... only knowledgeable but personable and I never felt alone throughout process. Anthony was always honest and genuine with me, he was always available and made me feel safe in the fact that he was fighting for my and my child’s best interest. I worked with Anthony for over a year and this held true throughout entire time. We ended with getting what I asked for and the best possible outcome for myself and my child.I highly recommend Anthony Sokolowski for any family law needs.read more
Brenna Rustick
Brenna Rustick
20:46 11 Jul 22
I was referred to this Law Group from a local office and I'm glad I followed through. I was represented by Kyle who... was professional, responsive, and easy to work with. I felt very comfortable with his representation. Thank you....Carmel Reillyread more
David Bellefeuille
David Bellefeuille
14:01 28 Jun 22
My experience was truly enlightening and very welcoming! I spoke with Kito who instantaneously related with my... situation and assured me that the firm could help me and I believe him. Five stars all around. It’s nice to meet people who have the same compassion for fathers rights and actually love to help instead of just pushing papers through. Thanks For all the information and encouragement Kito .read more
Rebecca Linscott
Rebecca Linscott
14:04 11 Jun 22
From the very first call, this law firm has been nothing short of exceptional. My family is working with Kyle, who... consistently provides support, dedication, responsiveness, and who utilizes his experience to help us navigate family court and custody. Every interaction is professional, and I would highly recommend the Colwell Law Group.read more
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