If you have just been served with Court papers in a New York State divorce action, and you live in Southwest Florida (between Tampa and Ft. Myers), you may wish to make an appointment for a personal consultation with Attorney William J. Leininger who will explain all of your legal rights under New York State law for those getting divorced in New York in his Sarasota law office.

Attorney William J. Leininger is a member of the Florida Bar, New Jersey Bar and New York Bar. For the past 37 years, Mr. Leininger has devoted his practice in New York to Divorce, Family Court, Collaborative Divorce and Divorce Mediation matters. He has lectured on New York Divorce Law for over 40 years. He has also appeared on national TV Shows, such as The Today Show on the NBC Network, CBS Morning News on the CBS Network, The Phil Donahue TV Show, Sallie Jessie Raphael TV Show, etc.

If you were served with a New York Summons for divorce in the State of Florida, you have 30 days to serve and file a Notice of Appearance and Demand for Verified Complaint. If you were served with a New York Summons and Verified Complaint for divorce in the State of Florida, you have 30 days to serve and file a Verified Answer to the Complaint for Divorce. On the other hand, if you were served with a legal document known as an “Order to Show Cause” issued by a New York State Divorce Court, you may have less than 30 days to respond. You must read the first two pages of the Order to Show Cause and it will say when the case will be appearing in Court. Generally, your answering papers including Affidavits, Statement of Net Worth, income tax returns, etc. must be served and filed not less than 7 days prior to the return date of the application in Court. Since Mr. Leininger will need 5 to 10 days to prepare answering Affidavits, it is essential that you make an appointment to meet with Mr. Leininger as soon as you have been served with divorce papers!

Mr. Leininger spends two weeks per month in Sarasota, Florida and two weeks per month in Staten Island, New York between October 1 and May 30 every year, and less often in Florida during the summer months. In his New York divorce practice, he is assisted by two experience matrimonial attorneys. His office handles divorces filed in the five boroughs of the City of New York, as well as Westchester County and Nassau County.

If your spouse has sued you for divorce in New York County (Manhattan), Bronx County, Kings County (Brooklyn), Queens County, Richmond County (Staten Island) , Westchester County, or Nassau County, Mr. Leininger and his two associate attorneys can represent you in the New York Court. Our law firm has over 65 years of combined legal experience in Divorce and Family Court matters! The only legal cases we handle are Divorce, Separation, Family Court, Divorce Mediation, Collaborative Divorce and Post-Judgment Modification cases. We believe that by limiting our practice to just Family Law, we can do a much better job for our clients!


We provide similar services for those served in Florida with New York Family Court Petitions, including Custody, Paternity, Visitation, Child Support, and Orders of Protection!


The cost of a 30 minute personal consultation with Mr. Leininger in his Sarasota office, or via video conference from your Florida home to his New York office is only $150.00 for a 30 minute consultation. Telephone conferences are also available. He will explain your options, give you an estimate of legal fees involved, and assist you in planning the appropriate legal strategy.

If you retain Mr. Leininger to represent you in a New York divorce or Family Court action within 30 days of having met with him, either in his Sarasota office, or via video or telephone conference, the $150.00 initial consultation fee will be credited to your first month’s invoice so that your initial consultation will become a free consultation.

Mr. Leininger sees clients both in his Sarasota office and in his New York office on Mondays through Saturdays.. Please call either (941) 727-5555 or (718) 979-5200 to schedule an appointment.

At the conclusion of the personal consultation, Mr. Leininger will urge you to think it over before deciding to retain his law firm. There will never be any pressure on you! What have you go to lose?