Jo Ann E. Coughtry Esq.

A Top Rated New York Divorce Attorney

Jo Ann is a highly rated divorce attorney with over 30 years of experience successfully representing clients exclusively in matters of Matrimonial and Family Law in New York.

Whether your case is complex, contested or uncontested, Jo Ann E. Coughtry has the experience to counsel you properly and advise of the best approach to accomplish your goals. You as a client deserve, expect and are entitled to attentive, competent, zealous representation regardless of the level of complexity of your case. Jo Ann strives to be the divorce attorney you are looking for near you in New York.

Her legal office is based in Albany, NY but she regularly provides legal services to all parts of New York State.

Credentials

Jo Ann received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the Russell Sage College (Troy, NY)  in 1987 and attended and graduated from Albany Law School (New York) with a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1991. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association. She also served as an Assistant Public Defender for Albany County for over 30 years providing services to the indigent accused of a crime.

Not Every Case Requires a Courtroom

Jo Ann E. Coughtry is recognized for handling complex and contentious family law disputes in matters pertaining to divorce, custody, complex division of assets, child and spousal support. She is highly regarded of her knowledge of divorce law. She is an experienced litigator and has negotiated countless divorce and family law matters, and is known for her ability to get results for her clients while maintaining the sanctity and privacy of the family.

Ms. Coughtry’s primary goal is to assist her clients in resolving difficult divorce and family matters and helping move forward with their lives in a dignified and a respectful manner. Ms. Coughtry recognizes that some cases can be resolved through negotiations. She approaches her cases as warranted by the particular circumstances of the clients individual needs.

Family Law Legal Services

There are many things to consider prior to getting a divorce. Jo Ann will help you work through your legal options and obligations to and protect your assets and rights. 

Whether you’re trying to learn how to file for divorce, working to dissolve your marriage, considering how you and your spouse will split your joint assets (property division), child custody arrangement (if you have children), and/or determining spousal support (alimony), Jo Ann will be there to guide you. 

Jo Ann works hard to ensure that all parties in a custody dispute remember that the real focus is the child. Jo Ann represents parents in New York reach a result that is in the best interests of the child and works for all interested parties and stakeholders. 

It’s heartbreaking when a child caught in the middle of a custody battle. Jo Ann is a parent herself, and she understands the importance of child custody & visitation as well as both the joys & trials and tribulations of parenthood. Contact her today to get a New York child custody attorney who will provide compassionate representation.

When parents are looking to establish or modify child support in New York they often have questions and need to find help. That’s when they should turn to Jo Ann. As an experienced New York Child Support Lawyer she knows just how contentious battles in Family Court & Divorce proceedings surrounding child support can be. These cases can often complex and be more involved than just Child Custody or Visitation.

Jo Ann will ensure you get the counsel you need at this crucial time.

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Jo Ann handles difficult family law matters not only appropriately, but masterfully.

Matthew – Divorce Case in New York

After choosing Jo Ann based on her informative and trustworthy consultation, she fought a tough fight showing no signs of weakness during my child custody case.

Toni – Child Custody Case in New York

Despite my busy job, Jo Ann somehow managed to accommodate my schedule by meeting with me and taking my calls to answer questions about my child support case whenever I needed her.

Ethan J. – Child Support Case in New York

Jo Ann Coughtry fought long and hard for us, awarding important equitable healthcare expenses for our special needs daughter.

Shawn – Child Support Case in New York

Jo Ann Coughtry Law Office is a competent, kind, and compassionate law firm in Albany that I would definitely hire again if a family law legal situation arose.

Denise – Child Support Case in New York

 Jo Ann guided me through the complexity of my divorce with ease and confidence, and was responsive and available 24/7.

Kevin – Divorce Case in New York

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at my initial consultation?

From the moment you begin your family law consultation with Jo Ann you’ll get access to 30+ years of experience. 

Whether your case is complex, contested or uncontested, Jo Ann has the experience to counsel you properly and advise of the best approach to accomplish your goals. You as a client deserve, expect and are entitled to attentive, competent, zealous representation regardless of the level of complexity of your case. She strives to be the attorney you are looking for.

Do you exclusively practice divorce & family law?

The Law Office of Jo Ann E. Coughtry practices Exclusively Matrimonial, Divorce and Family Law. 

 Jo Ann E. Coughtry has over 30 years of experience has successfully represented clients in the matter of Divorce, Matrimonial and Family Law including separation agreements, custody, and support, relocation, and adoption matters. Jo Ann E. Coughtry is also experienced in providing pension and IRA distributions as well as Wills, Trusts & Estates, and Probate and Income Tax Services.

Does every family court case end up in the courtroom?
Jo Ann E Coughtry is recognized for handling complex and contentious family law disputes in matters pertaining to divorce, custody, complex division of assets, child and spousal support. She is highly regarded of her knowledge of divorce law. She is an experienced litigator and has negotiated countless divorce and family law matters, and is known for her ability to get results for her clients while maintaining the sanctity and privacy of the family.
 
Ms. Coughtry’s primary goal is to assist her clients in resolving difficult divorce and family matters and helping move forward with their lives in a dignified and a respectful manner. Ms. Coughtry recognizes that some cases can be resolved through negotiations. She approaches her cases as warranted by the particular circumstances of the clients individual needs.
What areas of New York do you practice law?

Jo Ann represents clients all across New York but primarily in the following counties: 

Albany County, Green County, Columbia County, Johnstown County, Fulton County, Warren County, Rensselaer County, Schenectady County, Saratoga County, Troy County

If you have any question about if Jo Ann can take your New York Family Law case contact her today. 

Can child support be modified in New York?

It’s a normal child support question for a  parent to inquire about how to modify child support in NY, either higher or lower. A modification petition of child support can be filed, but requesting a change doesn’t guarantee you’ll get one.

Jo Ann will work with you to get the best result for your case. 

Do you have experience with same sex divorce cases in New York?

Jo Ann has been handling same sex divorces and civil union dissolutions prior to New York passing same sex marriage. If you and your partner were legally married in New York and/or you currently reside in New York Jo Ann can help you get divorced in New York .

With over 30 years of legal experience, Jo Ann is well equipped to navigate the relatively newer same sex divorce laws as they relate to child custody, support and visitation. Many same sex clients have children either biologically conceived or adopted. Property, asset and debts are also divided upon divorce through equitable distribution.

Jo Ann will work very hard to resolve your divorce through settlement and negotiation. If settlement is not an option, Jo Ann will effectively litigate your case.

Are you certified in Mediation?

Jo Ann is certified in mediation, and has been in the practice of divorce and family law since 1991. She brings her experience and training to mediation/dispute resolutions in Albany and the surrounding areas. 

Areas We Serve in New York

Serving Albany, Greene, Columbia, Johnstown, Fulton, Warren, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, & Troy Counties

Call Jo Ann now