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Family & Matrimonial Law

Complicated divorce and custody issues threaten everything our clients hold dear: where their children live and who makes their decisions, what will happen to the marital residence, how all assets and finances will be divided, and who should keep the family business, to name a few. Our firm provides zealous advocacy to help navigate these tricky waters and ensure that our clients’ interests are protected during this difficult time.

Family law issues are by nature difficult and emotionally complex. Our family law practice group provides years of domestic relations litigation experience in all aspects of family law. Although every case is different, we recognize that all family law matters require a combination of compassion and a formidable command of matrimonial law.

We work closely with our clients to develop a “big picture” approach so that we can navigate a path to the best possible outcome for each individual situation. When it is appropriate, we are skilled at using negotiation and mediation to resolve divorce or custody issues. If it is necessary, we are competent and aggressive litigators, who will take all the necessary steps to achieve our client’s goals. We select the approach that is best for each client and each individual situation.

The care, concern, and attention that we provide for our clients is unparalleled. Services include:

  • Divorce
  • Custody/Visitation
  • Child support
  • Property valuation & division
  • Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Domestic violence orders of protection
  • Maintenance (Alimony)
  • Enforcement of orders/Contempt
  • Post-judgment modifications
  • Mediation
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
  • Tax planning


Clayton H. Hale, Jr.

Partner and Co General Counsel

Ami S. Longstreet

Partner and Co General Counsel


Megan K. Thomas Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Megan Thomas has joined Mackenzie Hughes LLP as an associate attorney and will concentrate her legal practice on civil litigation, including medical malpractice, construction and architectural defense, and appeals. Thomas spent six years as a Teach for America Corps Member prior to becoming an attorney. She currently is a member of the…

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