Family Law

Family law cases often represent an ending or a new beginning for the entire family. Matrimonial cases are unique. Each client has his or her own needs. To meet your needs and to properly protect your rights, you deserve an experienced family law attorney who understands the emotional, as well as the financial impact of any family law case - an attorney who understands that issues such as child custody disputes, parenting time, alimony and child support, and equitable distribution of property will affect you and your children for years to come.

The goal of the Family Law Team at Ruta, Soulios & Stratis is to help you and your children begin the next chapter in your lives, confident and ready for new opportunities. By first helping you to define your goals and objectives, our matrimonial attorneys are able to develop strategies to achieve those goals. As an important member of the team, you are part of the decision-making process.

Regardless of the complexity of your dispute or the approach you choose, our philosophy remains constant - to zealously represent you to achieve your goals. Our team's area of focus is complex matrimonial litigation, including:

  • Adoption
  • Alienation of Affection
  • Alimony
  • Annulment
  • Appeals of Family Law Judgments
  • Battered Spouse Syndrome
  • Breach of contract
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emancipation applications
  • Equitable Distribution of Assets and Liabilities
  • Factors for College Expenses Contributions
  • Grandparent's Legal Rights
  • Motions
  • Parenting Time/Timesharing Arrangements
  • Post-Judgment Enforcement and Modification Applications
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Property Settlement Agreements
  • Reimbursement Alimony
  • Relocation Applications

We are experienced in handling complex and sophisticated financial aspects of divorce, such as identifying, valuing and distributing assets and liabilities subject to equitable distribution. We frequently deal with difficult child-related issues, including parental alienation, abuse of children and the right of parents to remove children from the state or country. We are committed to protecting your rights and to serving the best interests of your children.


Some matrimonial cases can be settled without litigation; couples may choose mediation, an increasingly popular process in which a mediator facilitates the resolution of the matter. In many circumstances, mediation is mandated by the court. In other cases, couples may arbitrate disputes by retaining an independent person to adjudicate the case. These alternative approaches can reduce legal fees and expedite the process. Our matrimonial attorneys have extensive training and experience in divorce mediation and arbitration.

The many referrals we receive from clients, experts and other lawyers confirm our reputation for successfully handling complex cases in a compassionate and professional manner. We are uniquely positioned to draw upon the firm's Commercial Real Estate, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Corporate Finance, and other teams, when needed.

When you, your company or your loved one needs help in a family matter, the attorneys in the Family Law Team of Ruta, Soulios & Stratis are here to fight to protect your rights, fight for your interests and those of your children, and to negotiate on your behalf when appropriate.

For more information on our family law practice, please contact us at (212) 997-4500 or email us at