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Areas of Practice
Child Custody & Visitation
Child Support
Contested Divorce
Division of Assets and Equitable Distribution
Spousal Maintenance
Modifications & Enforcement
Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
Grandparents Rights
Legal Separation
Prenuptial Agreements
Protective Orders

Is Divorce Right for You?

Insight from a Buffalo Divorce Attorney

Choosing to end your marriage is a big decision, and divorce often requires the representation of an attorney who understands the legal process and what you may be facing. Many factors need to be considered, especially if children are involved or if high-value assets such as a business must be protected or divided. At The Law Office of Charles A. Messina, I am proud to ensure that my clients receive only the best possible representation for their cases and I work hard to provide them with an amicable resolution to their family law issues.

Grounds for Divorce

When you work with a Buffalo divorce lawyer from my firm, you gain an understanding of the divorce process and what options you may have. In the state of New York, there are seven different grounds for divorce. They include:


If you can prove that your spouse abandoned you for at least one year or forced you to leave without the intention of having you return, you may be able to file for divorce.


Any act of adultery that was not encouraged or forgiven by you is a ground for divorce in New York. The act must be committed within the last five years.

Cruel and Inhuman Treatment

Abuse, domestic violence, torture or harassment that results in mental or physical anguish is grounds for divorce. As long as the act happened within the past five years, you may be able to file.

Judgment of Separation

If you and your spouse have not lived together because of a judgment of separation that was given to you by the court, you can file after one year of living apart.

Irretrievable Breakdown

In the event that your relationship has simply broken down and is no longer reconcilable, you may be file for divorce.

Separation Agreement

If you and your spouse filed for legal separation and have both lived apart during the time that you were separated, divorce may be an option for you.

If you and your lawyer decide that you are eligible to file for divorce under any of these grounds, you may begin the divorce process. If it is found that you are ineligible to file for divorce, The Law Office of Charles A. Messina can offer you various solutions to your marital problems including legal separation or counseling.

Work with The Law Office of Charles A. Messina

If you still have questions or concerns about your situation and whether or not filing for divorce is the right option for you, it is important that you contact my firm as soon as possible. Every case is unique, and each client that comes to my firm is treated with dignity and respect. As a Buffalo family lawyer with more than 10 years of experience, I can take the specifics of your case into consideration and implement a personalized appraoch to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome for your case.

All inquiries regarding divorce can be directed to The Law Office of Charles A. Messina by completing a free case evaluation form for a phone consultation now!

The Law Office of Charles A. Messina - Buffalo Divorce Attorney
Located at 3990 McKinley Pkwy #3
Buffalo, NY 14219. View Map

Phone: (716) 980-1959 | Local Phone: (716) 634-7777.

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.
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