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We Handle All Aspects Of Family Law

At The Law Office of Smith & Messina, we are proud to offer legal guidance to families seeking a swift resolution to their family law cases. It is our goal to provide you with the best possible outcome for any number of concerns that you may have and to ensure that your rights are protected. Each case that our firm takes on is fully evaluated and your goals are addressed every step of the way. The aim of our firm is to settle cases without going to trial, helping our clients to retain as much control over the direction of their cases as possible. If your case does go to court, we can aggressively pursue a favorable resolution on your behalf before the family law judge.

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Determining if divorce is right for you can be stressful, which is why you should contact The Law Office of Smith & Messina to speak with a Buffalo divorce lawyer about your case. READ MORE

Child Support

In almost every divorce that involves children, child custody and support needs to be addressed. Child support can be a frustrating topic for divorcing families. READ MORE

Custody & Visitation

Developing a legal strategy to help you obtain a favorable outcome for child custody and visitation schedules is important. READ MORE

Division Of Assets

The division of assets, including how property, real estate, debts and pensions will be distributed, is a topic that often causes heated debate in a divorce. READ MORE

Spousal Maintenance

“Spousal Maintenance” is the amount of money that one spouse may be required to pay another spouse during a divorce and/or after a divorce has been finalized.

Modifications & Enforcement

Everything from your division of assets, child support, custody arrangements and maintenance can be addressed on your final divorce decree. READ MORE

Domestic Relations Orders

People who are looking to protect their benefits after divorce can do so by obtaining a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO). READ MORE

Grandparents Rights

Divorce doesn’t just impact the spouses involved – it often touches the lives of both children and grandparents in a significant way. READ MORE

Legal Separation

The division of assets, including how property, real estate, debts and pensions will be distributed, is a topic that often causes heated debate in a divorce. READ MORE


In the state of New York, a man who is not married to the mother of a child will not automatically be declared as the father.

Prenuptial Agreements

Many people assume that these legal documents are old fashioned and that they are not for people who are middle-class.

Contested Divorce

No divorce has ever been considered painless and certainly not easy, even in the rare circumstance of both parties agreeing on every aspect. READ MORE


If you are looking to relocate after your divorce, you need to ensure that you are working with an understanding divorce attorney . READ MORE

Protective Orders

An order of protection is used to ensure the safety of you and your family from anyone who is looking to cause you physical or emotional harm.

Dedicated Family Law Representation In Buffalo, NY

At The Law Offices of Smith & Messina, we are committed to providing our clients with the best possible representation for their divorce and family law cases. When you work with us, you work with a Buffalo divorce attorney and staff members who are dedicated to your well-being and helping you secure an amicable resolution to your legal concern. No case is too big or too small for my firm to handle, and I can assist families in all income brackets, including those facing high asset divorces. If you have already finalized your divorce, we’ll assist you in making modifications to existing divorce decrees. With the representation of our firm, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands. We understand that any family law case can be one of the biggest decisions in your life and that change can be stressful; but when you approach divorce, adoption or any legal challenge with an understanding and experienced attorney, you can achieve the results you desire.

Are You Ready To Take The Next Step?

No time is better than the present to take the next step toward changing your life for the better. Although this may be stressful, when you work with The Law Office Smith & Messina, we can help to ease the transition and make the journey to your new life as painless as possible. We are committed to finding the best resolution for your children, your finances and your future. Each family is unique, and when you work with our firm, we evaluate your family dynamics and tailor a solution to fit your individual needs. We’re confident that we can help you get the effective results that you deserve. To enable you to have as much influence as possible over the course of your case, we’ll take all possible actions to settle your case out of court. If, however, your case must go before a judge, we are prepared to effectively defend your rights. Contact The Law Office of Smith & Messina today by completing our online intake form to receive a phone consultation. Or call 716-648-1400.