Serving Onondaga, Madison, Cayuga and Oswego Counties
4030 New Court Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13206
phone: 315.463.5747
fax: 315.463.5741

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Separation Agreements

Postnuptial & Prenuptial

Collaborative Law

Cohabitation Agreements

Custody & Child Support

Wills, Health Care Proxy,
Power of Attorney &
Living Wills

Other Areas of Practice


When parties decide to separate they are not only breaking emotional ties but also dissolving an economic partnership. I have been privileged over my years of practice to provide individuals with legal representation and advice through this difficult time. I understand that it is a painful time in your life when the known becomes the unknown.

There are options available to you after you realize that your marriage is irretrievably broken. If you or your spouse has made the decision to divorce, your next decision is just as important. What direction you or your spouse take in ending your commitment to each other may have long term effects on both of you and your children.

As each of you is different, each case is different. What is a simple solution for one client may not work for another. There are options for you to consider. You may choose to end your marriage through the collaborative process, mediation, negotiation, or litigation. There is no right or wrong choice. As your attorney, I am there to advise you and assist you in making a choice that is right for you. If your spouse has made a choice that limits your ability to choose, I am also there to protect and guide you through the process.

There are statutory guidelines that must be followed in all divorces such as child support laws, laws regarding spousal support, alimony, and maintenance that need to be considered by you and your spouse. There are rules regarding the equitable distribution of marital and separate property, and when children are involved in divorce matters there are custody and visitation issues. There are also tax ramifications involved in the division of property accrued during or before a marriage that must be considered. All these issues not only affect you in the present but also might possibly impact your future.

Further, New York State requires grounds for divorce. The grounds are listed in Domestic Relations Law; section 170, abandonment, Legal Separation of more than one year, cruel and inhuman treatment, adultery, and a spouse has been in prison for three consecutive years during the marriage. These grounds should be explained to you thoroughly.

A divorce action may take months or years depending on whether or not the matter is litigated or reaches a settlement in its early stages.

There are court fees and process fees that you will have to pay. You may ask that your spouse pay your attorney fees in some cases, you may also ask for temporary relief from the Court at the commencement of a divorce action.

It is my intent that throughout this process, I will provide you with information and thoughtful considerate representation regardless as to the manner or length of time necessary to reach resolution.

I represent clients in Onondaga County, Madison County, Cayuga County and Oswego County. I reside in the City of Syracuse and my office is located at 4030 New Court Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13206.
I can be reached at (315) 463-5747 or by e-mail at

Deborah A. Bellomo • Attorney at Law 4030 New Court Ave., Syracuse, New York

Serving Onondaga, Madison, Cayuga, and Oswego Counties

No charge for initial consultation - evening and weekend appointments on request.
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