Nicholas E. Arazoza


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Mr. Arazoza boasts a decade of expertise in handling complex matrimonial and family law matters with a focus on divorce cases, ranging from straightforward to intricate. His proficiency encompasses valuations and equitable distributions of businesses and professional practices, contentious custody disputes, and the diligent enforcement of spousal and child support.

Prior to his tenure at Picarello & Saciolo, PLLC., Mr. Arazoza excelled as an associate in a prominent Long Island-based matrimonial and family law firm. His vast experience extends beyond trial-level litigation, where he has served as lead counsel in several highly successful appeals, securing favorable outcomes for his valued clients, including the Matter of Cook v. Cook, 162 A.D.3d 674 (2d Dept. 2016), where Mr. Arazoza skillfully persuaded the Appellate Division to modify the Suffolk County Supreme Court’s decision, leading to the transfer of custody of both children to his client.

In another remarkable case in 2019, Mr. Arazoza appeared before the Appellate Division, Second Department, (175 A.D.3d 1540 (2d Dept. 2019)), where he successfully secured substantial spousal maintenance for his client, a forty-two-year-old woman, until her sixty-seventh birthday, amounting to $10,760 per month.

Recognized for his exceptional legal acumen, Mr. Arazoza has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the practice of matrimonial law every year since 2019. His distinguished academic background includes a JD from Albany Law School and a BA from Boston College. He holds licenses to practice law before the Courts of the State of New York, as well as the esteemed United States Supreme Court.

Deeply committed to the advancement of matrimonial law, Mr. Arazoza is an active member of the Suffolk County Matrimonial Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association. He consistently contributes to the legal community by imparting his knowledge through lectures on various topics related to matrimonial litigation. His expertise and contributions have earned him the utmost respect from both his peers and clients alike.

Awards & Certifications

Rising Star
2016, 2019-2023
Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys

Appellate Decisions

Chiarello v. Chiarello, 214 A.D.3d 853, 185 N.Y.S.3d 307 (2d Dept. 2023)
The Appellate Division confirmed that the award of counsel fees to Mr. Arazoza’s client in the amount of $20,000.00 was appropriate under the circumstances of the case.
Sabatino v. Alagona, 214 A.D.3d 664, 182 N.Y.S.3d 917 (2d Dept. 2023)
In a Family Offense proceeding, the Appellate Division agreed with Mr. Arazoza’s arguments by holding that a motion to dismiss a family offense may be granted where the petitioner has failed to outline the occurrence of a family offense, even after being given every favorable inference.
Roberts v. Roberts, 212 A.D.3d 672, 182 N.Y.S.3d 701 (2d Dept. 2023)
The Appellate Division affirmed the decision of the Suffolk County Supreme Court granting Mr. Arazoza’s client summary judgment and directed that a commercial building and real estate holding company had to be liquidated and the proceeds paid to a trust under the control of his client.
Forman v. Forman, 211 A.D.3d 698, 179 N.Y.S.3d 718 (2d Dept. 2022)
The Appellate Division held that the Suffolk County Supreme Court properly denied the Wife’s motion to vacate her divorce stipulation of settlement, agreeing with Mr. Arazoza’s argument that the Wife had accepted the benefit of that agreement and had thus ratified its terms by collecting over a million dollars from her husband before challenging the agreement’s validity.
Murphy v. Murphy, 175 A.D.3d 1540, 109 N.Y.S.3d 429 (2d Dept. 2019)
The Appellate Division affirmed the decision of the Suffolk County Supreme Court, awarding Mr. Arazoza’s permanent spousal maintenance in the amount of $10,760.00 per month.
Cook v. Cook, 142 A.D.3d 530, 36 N.Y.S.3d 222 (2d Dept. 2016)
The Appellate Division reversed the trial decision of the Suffolk County Supreme Court and granted the Father custody of both children based on Mr. Arazoza’s arguments on appeal that same would be in the children’s best interests.

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