Family & Matrimonial Law

Buffalo, New York

Whether you’re building a family or dissolving a marriage, the team of attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC – led by a former family court judge – has deep experience and a wealth of knowledge in helping families navigate these intricate family and matrimonial legal matters. We can help you whether you’re getting married or divorced, adopting a child or sharing custody of one. We’ve handled thousands of cases like yours, and we’re well-versed in the many complex aspects of family and matrimonial law.

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Decisions that affect families may be joyful or sad, satisfying or frustrating. Underlying the emotions, however, are complex legal precedents best left to an experienced family and matrimonial law attorney.

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When it comes to divorce, our lawyers are experienced in representing spouses in legal separations, contested and uncontested divorces, and annulments. We can put you in position to receive fair settlements, equitable distributions of wealth and property, and the support you deserve. We understand your legal rights as a parent or guardian and can help you realize the outcome you want to see.

Many people choose to adopt a child or sibling group as a way to add to their family. Stepparents often adopt the children of their spouse, and family members may also adopt the children of relatives. Our attorneys can provide you with guidance on the adoption process and represent you in court.

With respect to marriage matters, we can protect you against future disputes with legally strong marital agreements.

No matter the family or marital issue you face, the respectful, knowledgeable attorneys at Tully Rinckey handle your legal representation with sensitivity and care. We protect your rights and fight to help you realize the legal outcomes you desire. Let us represent you today.

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The end of a marriage can be extremely difficult for everyone involved. Spouses, children, and even extended family members may struggle with deep frustration, anger, and sadness when a couple decides to separate or divorce. Because emotions can run high at this time, it’s important that individuals seeking a divorce receive reliable legal advice from a competent, experienced family law attorney.

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Family and matrimonial law involves some of our most important relationships. Whether you want to adopt a child, obtain a divorce, legally separate, or seek custody of your children, family law issues can be complex and fraught with emotion.

The experienced team of family law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC stands ready to help. Our attorneys can explain your rights and responsibilities, handle negotiations, and, if necessary, aggressively represent your interests in court. Protect your rights and get peace of mind by working with one of our professional, caring attorneys.

Adopting a child is an exciting event for hopeful parents. However, adoption law can be complex. This is why it’s important to seek the advice and representation of an experienced adoption attorney early in the adoption process. Your attorney can ensure that the law is followed during every step of the way, protecting the rights of all parties, including the adoptive parents, the birth parents, and the child.

There are many different types of adoptions, including domestic and interstate adoptions, private and foster care adoptions, international adoptions, and stepparent adoptions. At Tully Rinckey PLLC, our experienced family law attorneys can help you navigate the issues involving each type of adoption and ultimately help you achieve your goal of expanding your family.

In situations where parents do not live together, joint legal custody with shared parental rights and responsibilities can have immense benefits for both the children and adults involved. However, there are certain situations in which it’s best for one parent to have sole or primary custody.

The experienced family law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC are prepared to provide compassionate yet strong representation in custody and visitation matters. If you need to formalize a custodial arrangement, or modify the one you already have, our attorneys can help. In some cases, we may even be able to assist grandparents and siblings who wish to establish visitation rights or even gain custody of minor children.

When a couple divorces, part of the settlement process includes an equitable distribution of their marital assets. “Equitable” does not mean equal, however, as the courts consider many different factors when determining how to divide a marital estate, including real estate and the division of interests in a business.

Because of the complexity of this area of law, speaking with a competent family law attorney is important. The experienced attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC stand ready to provide you with aggressive representation during your divorce. We make sure your rights and privacy are protected, and that you receive an equitable distribution of assets, especially in cases where your spouse is guilty of wasting or dissipating assets during the marriage.

Many couples experience the need for a marital agreement either before or during their marriage. Prenuptial agreements, entered into before marriage, are probably the best known agreement of this type. However, for those who wish to protect assets or financial arrangements without a legal separation or divorce, it’s also possible to draft a financial agreement after a couple has been married. Cohabiting couples may also wish to protect themselves by drawing up a legal understanding of their financial responsibilities to each other, since they lack the protection of marriage laws.

At Tully Rinckey PLLC, our experienced family law attorneys stand ready to assist you in developing premarital, postmarital, separation, or cohabitation agreements that protect your rights and assets in case there’s a change in your relationship. We make sure that the financial expectations of each partner are clear, and we protect your financial interests if the relationship should end.

When a couple divorces or separates, one spouse may be entitled to receive financial support from the other spouse. Previously known as alimony, spousal support or spousal maintenance can be established by mutual agreement or court order. In general, the goal of spousal support is to help the lower income party to become self-supporting over time. Spousal support is now governed by complex laws and mathematical formulas that help determine both the amount of support and its duration.

At Tully Rinckey PLLC, our experienced family law attorneys stand ready to help you navigate the spousal support playing field. We make sure you receive all the spousal support to which you’re entitled from your higher-earning spouse, or that you pay only what you’re obligated to pay to your lower-earning spouse. As always, we protect your rights and your privacy in all these matters.

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When you choose Tully Rinckey PLLC, you aren’t just assigned an attorney. Your legal matter will be cared for by our entire legal team and support staff. With offices throughout the country, coast to coast, we make sure you receive legal counsel and representation you can trust. A number of the partners in our firm have earned the highest possible ratings for their exceptional legal ability and high ethical standards, including the AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and top ratings from Avvo, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.

Commitment to Our Clients

Our team-oriented philosophy encourages open and ongoing communication with every attorney, paralegal, and other support staff working with each client ensures we understand their goals. Our commitment to you means meeting your objectives, working attentively and persistently toward your success, and efficiently adjusting to your changing needs.

Our Experience

Our highly knowledgeable law team comes to the table with attorneys who have 20 to 30 years of experience representing hundreds of clients. With hundreds of years of combined experience in appellate, international and U.S. business and corporate commercial law, litigation, criminal law, immigration, bankruptcy, employment law, estate planning, our team has what it takes to ensure your success.

Proud Veterans

Tully Rinckey PLLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned law firm founded by military veterans Mathew B. Tully and Greg T. Rinckey, and now employs attorneys who are veterans of the Armed Forces. The military ranks and roles of our attorneys range from a Brigadier General, former Judge Advocates of all Officer ranks, and attorneys who have served as enlisted and Non-Commissioned Officers. The principles of the U.S. military carry over into how we operate our firm. These include leadership, character, technical and tactical proficiency, strong communication skills, seeking and taking responsibility, understanding assignments, choosing the right people for the job, and teamwork.


“How does one even begin to say thank you to someone that applied her uncommon professional and interpersonal skills, and took the human interest to “hold my hand”, and guide me through unfamiliar and emotionally loaded waters. So often you were called upon to do the work of two attorneys (given the circumstances), and you did so repeatedly, comporting yourself each time with class, ethics and professionalism that are just a natural part of you. The caring, class and finesse often required in this case seem to come to you as naturally as breathing. While you may not fully appreciate your value, those of us that have been fortunate enough to have retained your services must surely walk away with a sense of gratitude (if not awe), equal to mine.”

J.A. on Partner Barbara King, Esq.

“Let me begin with my continued respect and heartfelt thanks for all you did for me when a “simple divorce” spiraled out of control. As wounded as I was, I was painfully aware of the emotional toll the litigation was taking on you too. It was that empathy, accompanied by your phenomenal legal skills that kept me together during what was perhaps the most traumatic chapter of my life. I hope I am able to convey an impression of the depth of gratitude I have for you.”

G.H. on Partner Barbara King, Esq.

“I retained Tully Rinckey PLLC for a child support modification, which became necessary following domestic violence incidents, my own disability as a result, and my children’s increased needs. Tully Rinckey PLLC is professional, proactive and, most importantly, does not suffer fools. They focused on the legal arguments of the case and applied appellate decisions which were directly related. Most importantly to me, they took my case personally. As one who has seen many people promised the sun, moon and stars by attorneys who then treat them as a number, Tully Rinckey PLLC was invested in my case from the beginning. They were able to go directly to the heart of the matter without needing to “destroy” the other party. They kept the focus on my children’s needs and, when the other party refused to settle and hired an attorney, Tully Rinckey PLLC went into overdrive making sure my children would get a fair hearing of the facts in court. They kept the main thing the main thing and her arguments on point. They also ensured that my disability accommodations were honored and was sensitive to the needs my disability created, which was incredibly important for my testimony. I have already recommended Tully Rinckey PLLC several times and will continue to do so.”

L.H. on Tully Rinckey PLLC.

“This was the first time that I needed to hire a lawyer for a family court case and I was understandably nervous. Looking online I found Tully Rinckey and I will forever be grateful for their help, professionalism and support. When I spoke with them and eventually met in person; I knew that I was dealing with professionals who had my best interest in mind. Through their professional conduct and work we were able to settle the case outside of court.”

J.B. on Mario D. Cometti, Esq.

“Thank you it was a pleasure doing business with you. Honestly, you made this experience painless. Much appreciated happy customer.”

J. A. on Partner Barbara King, Esq.

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