Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis

An experienced family law attorney serving Western New York

Firm Overview

Family law is unlike any other area of law. Legal problems like divorce and child custody can tear families apart and leave enduring emotional and psychological scars on all those involved. At the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis, I understand the sensitive nature of these issues and offer aggressive, knowledgeable and personalized service to my clients, to guide them through these difficult times.

I am a Buffalo family law attorney with over 20 years of experience handling a wide range of legal disputes for clients living throughout Western New York, including:

-Divorce
-Child custody
-Same-sex divorce
-Military divorce
-Grounds for divorce
-Spousal support
-High-net-worth divorce
-Prenuptial agreements
-Property division
-Orders of protection

I understand how important the outcome of your case can be to your future, your finances and your children. You can rest assured that I will work tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve for you the best possible results in your case.

Dedicated to helping families resolve their problems

At the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis, I make it my goal to build a relationship of trust with my clients. Family law issues are often difficult to talk about and even harder for clients to understand. I work personally with each client to ease their concerns and learn about their goals and expectations for the road ahead. By openly and honestly communicating with my clients about their case, I can better evaluate their likelihood of success and construct more powerful strategies for settlement or trial.

In family law, no two cases are ever the same. Each client's case requires the development of a customized approach. Although most disputes can be resolved peacefully through negotiations there are times where court cannot be avoided. A seasoned New York trial lawyer, I am always prepared to take your case to trial to protect your rights. I have earned a reputation among clients and peers for my work ethic and aggressive, fact-driven litigation style. This approach has helped hundreds of clients living throughout Erie County and Western New York obtain favorable results at trial. I stand ready to provide you with the representation you need today.

Effective representation. Proven results.

Call the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis today at 716.568.4367 or contact our firm online to schedule an initial consultation. From my office conveniently located in Williamsville, I represent clients living throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York, including:

-Akron
-Amherst
-Batavia
-Cheektowaga
-Clarence
-Depew
-Elma
-Grand Island
-Hamburg
-Kenmore
-Lancaster
-Lewiston
-Lockport
-Orchard Park
-Niagara Falls
-Snyder
-West Seneca
-Tonawanda
Main Office

Main Office
19 Limestone Drive, Suite 9
Buffalo  NY  14221

Phone
  • 716.810.9600
Fax
Child Custody
Dedicated to protecting your child's best interests
Although a divorce ends the relationship between husband and wife, it should not end the relationship between parents and their children. Child custody disputes are often the most hotly contested issues in a divorce. Whereas parents may be willing to compromise on alimony and property division, most refuse to compromise when it comes to their children. If you are involved in a custody dispute, it is important to have an experienced family law attorney on your side.

At the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis, I help parents throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area with child custody, relocation and visitation issues. I understand how much pain, anger and frustration these matters can cause, and I am dedicated to providing you with the legal support and representation you need to resolve these issues. With over 20 years of experience as a family law attorney, I have the knowledge and skill to protect your rights as a parent and the best interests of your child.

Understanding child custody in New York

In New York , there are two aspects of custody legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to which parent has the authority to make decisions involving the child, such as education choices, medical treatment and religious affiliations. A parent can have sole legal custody, or both parents can have joint legal custody.

Physical custody refers to where the child lives after a divorce or separation. Courts rely on a "best interests of the child" standard to determine which parent should be awarded primary physical custody of his or her children. Custody determinations consider a number of different factors, including:

The child's preference, if the child is old enough to have and express a preference
-Any existing custody arrangements
-The financial standing of each parent
-Any history of child abuse or drug/alcohol use
-The emotional bond between parent and child
-Custody agreements in prenuptial agreements
-Each parent's lifestyle
-The child's regular routine
-Stability of the home environment
-Interference with the other parent's right to visitation
-Age of the child
-Mental and physical health of the parents
-The effect of a separation of siblings
-Quality of the child's education

When handling your case, I design strategies which consider these factors to to persuade the courts to find in your favor. I also have extensive experience helping parents secure temporary custody of their children during divorce proceedings and enforcing visitation rights after custody arrangements have been established. Let me put my experience and skill to work for you today.

Effective representation. Proven results.

Call the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis today at 716.568.4367 or contact our firm online to schedule an initial consultation. From my office conveniently located in Williamsville, I represent clients living throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York, including:

-Akron
-Amherst
-Batavia
-Cheektowaga
-Clarence
-Depew
-Elma
-Grand Island
-Hamburg
-Kenmore
-Lancaster
-Lewiston
-Lockport
-Orchard Park
-Niagara Falls
-Snyder
-West Seneca
-Tonawanda
Child Support
Protect yourself from financial peril
One of the most important issues in a divorce or separation is spousal maintenance. Also known as alimony, spousal support may be required to allow the recipient spouse some degree of financial independence. Having an experienced family law attorney on your side can be extremely valuable in ensuring that this issue is properly resolved.

At the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis, I help people throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area establish spousal maintenance agreements. Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is the amount of money paid from one spouse to another in the wake of a divorce or separation. Depending on the circumstances, spousal maintenance can be awarded for a limited amount of time or can be awarded indefinitely. I have over 20 years of experience handling this issue for my clients, and you can rest assured that I know how to secure the best possible results in your case.

Temporary spousal maintenance

While a divorce is pending, spouses often struggle to pay their bills or maintain their standard of living. New York has recognized this problem and recently passed laws that allow courts to issue temporary spousal maintenance while the divorce is pending. Temporary support is awarded according to a fixed formula, based on the higher-earning spouse's income in relation to the lower-earning spouse's income. These new laws also allow lower-income spouses to be entitled to payment for attorneys' fees during the divorce process.

Permanent spousal maintenance

In New York, spouses often pay or receive durational maintenance after a divorce or separation. This form of maintenance is intended to help the ex-spouse get on their feet and achieve financial independence. This is often awarded when the marriage is of a short duration and the couple had no children. However, there are certain cases where an ex-spouse may be dependent on their former husband of wife to provide them with support for a number of years. Courts are required to weigh a number of factors when determining whether a spouse is entitled to receive long-term or even permanent spousal maintenance, including:

-The duration of the marriage
-Income and property held by the parties
-Present and future earning capacity
-Ability of an ex-spouse to become self-supporting
-Amount awarded in equitable distribution
-Age and health of the parties
-Non-economic contributions to the marriage

I have had considerable success helping clients protect their assets and receive the support that they needed. Let me put my knowledge and skill to work for you today.
Divorce
A trusted divorce lawyer serving clients throughout Western New York
The outcome of a divorce can have a tremendous impact on many areas of your life. It determines how your assets will be divided, how much support will be paid, and if you have children, who they will live with and how often you get to see them. With so much riding on the line, you need an experienced divorce attorney who knows how to protect your interests and can help you build a bright, stable future.

The Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis has been helping people throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area get divorced for over 20 years. Divorce can be a complicated, confusing and emotionally draining process. I am a knowledgeable family law attorney who is committed to making divorce as quick and painless as possible. I provide compassionate representation for clients through every component of the divorce process, including:

-Child custody
-Spousal support
-Property division
-Child support
-Visitation disputes
-Relocation

My top priority is ensuring that your assets and interests are protected. Whether you are involved in a high-net-worth divorce, military divorce or same-sex divorce, you can rest assured that I have the experience and skill to secure the best possible results in your case.

Dedicated to protecting your rights

When handling your case, I will make it my goal to provide you with the personal attention and respect you deserve. I work closely with each of my clients to ensure that they have a voice in resolving their problems, and incorporate their goals and concerns into my legal strategies. I prefer to work with families outside the courtroom to produce mutually beneficial results. However, if you choose to go to trial, you can rest assured that I will stand up and fight for your rights in court.

Legal separations in New York

There are times where couples facing marital problems are ready to end their marriage but are not ready to handle a divorce. A legal separation addresses all the legal issues involved in a divorce but does not put an end to the marriage. The Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis can help you set up a separation agreement with your spouse without going through the full divorce process.

A separation agreement can be essential in evaluating marital assets in anticipation of divorce, setting monetary values for spousal and child support, and establishing child custody arrangements during the separation period. One advantage offered by separation agreements is that spouses can usually continue to enjoy existing health insurance benefits during the separation period. Moreover, being legally separated for one year, pursuant to a valid separation agreement, is considered a ground for divorce in New York. If you choose to end your marriage after the year, it is easy to convert the separation agreement into a divorce.
Family
The Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis will represent your family legal matters.
-Divorce
-Same-Sex Divorce
-Grounds for Divorce
-High-Net-Worth Divorce
-Property Division
-Child Custody
-Military Divorce
-Spousal Support
-Prenuptial Agreements
-Orders of Protection
Military Divorce
Military divorce lawyer serving the Buffalo metropolitan area
Are you a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is seeking a divorce? At the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis, I provide servicemen and servicewomen with top-quality representation in military divorces. I have over 20 years of experience handling these cases for military members, and know how to protect your assets and benefits from your former spouse. There are certain government-imposed restrictions on divorce, and I utilize these rules and laws to secure the best possible results in your case.

Protecting your assets is my top priority

Divorce proceedings involving military members are much different than traditional New York divorces. Although the grounds for divorce remain the same, issues involving spousal maintenance, property division and child support are dealt with in a different manner.

In addition, military service members enjoy certain protections that ordinary civilians do not enjoy in family law proceedings. When on active duty, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act protects military members from lawsuits, including divorces. Government restrictions also make it difficult for former spouses to share in certain benefits. The Uniformed Services Former Spouse's Protection Act prevents ex-spouses from being awarded retirement benefits unless they were married for at least ten years while their spouse was on active duty. I make it my mission to protect your assets throughout the divorce process and ensure that your children are well taken care of.

Helping non-military spouses throughout Western New York

If you are seeking a divorce from a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, I can help you navigate through the complexities of military divorce and receive an equitable share of the marital estate. For more information, contact my firm today.

Randy Margulis

A dedicated Buffalo family law attorney

For over 20 years, I have devoted myself to solving the problems that affect families throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York. As a family law attorney, I make it my goal to create a partnership of trust with my clients. People put their trust in me to handle cases that can potentially have a long-lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of their family as well. I reward their trust by providing them with the personal attention they need and the results they deserve.

Family law cases often require clients to discuss most personal and sensitive issues. I strive to actively, openly and honestly communicate with my clients so they feel comfortable discussing these issues, knowing that I will maintain confidentiality and protect their rights. I make myself available for my clients at all times. Just as problems in the home can happen at any moment, you need an attorney who can and will be there for you when you need it the most. No matter if it is the weekend, at night or an emergency situation, I can be there to provide advice and counsel you through any problems that may arise.

I welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and fight for your rights. If you need a dedicated family law attorney to handle your case, you need Randy Margulis.

Practice areas
-Divorce
-Same-Sex Divorce
-Grounds for Divorce
-High-Net-Worth Divorce
-Property Division
-Child Custody
-Military Divorce
-Spousal Support
-Prenuptial Agreements
-Orders of Protection

Bar admissions
-New York, 1993
-U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1994

Education
-John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1992
-State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., 1984

Professional associations and memberships
-Bar Association of Erie County
-WNY Matrimonial Trial Lawyers Association

Pro bono activities
-Volunteer Lawyers Project Inc., Pro Bono Award
Education
  • John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate
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