We Protect The Interests Of Individuals And Families

We work with our clients to determine the needs and goals of the family and then create a strategy for achieving or surpassing them.

Practice Areas

Family And Matrimonial Law

Family And Matrimonial Law

We handle all types of issues including divorce, custody and modifications


We tailor our approach to fit the needs of the client, high-asset, uncontested or same-sex divorce

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution

This can include mediation, arbitration and other approaches

Modifications Of Agreements

Modifications Of Agreements

We can help families change their agreements as circumstances change

Offering Quality Family Law Guidance

Combining the relative style, ability and strengths of the region’s top family law attorneys the law firm of Mattingly Cavagnaro, LLP, in Buffalo, New York, is ready to help families across the area with their most important and sensitive legal issues.

Attorneys Christopher S. Mattingly and Melissa A. Cavagnaro possess over 30 years of combined legal experience focusing solely on family and matrimonial law, and they established their boutique law firm to deliver the highest level of advocacy and support possible to litigants facing divorce or other family conflict.

Handling all areas of family law, they can help you navigate through all areas of your divorce, including child custody and support, property division, alimony and other related matters, and they have extensive experience handling high-asset divorces and complex property distribution. Utilizing a vast network of professional resources and financial experts, they can help you properly valuate your business and other important financial assets to help ensure you receive your fair and equitable share.

Along with handling all aspects of divorce and property valuation, they can devise prenuptial and postnuptial agreements to help you protect yourself and your assets in the event of a divorce, as well as represent your interests during any modifications or enforcements of existing court orders. If you are looking to expand your family through adoption, they can help with that, too.

No matter how complex your needs or the specific goals you wish to achieve, you can count on Mattingly Cavagnaro, LLP, for the personalized compassionate and experienced counsel you deserve during your difficult and uncertain time.

Advocating For Your Rights As A Parent And Individual

Every family is different, so the issues within each family law matter. Family law is a complicated mix of human feelings and emotions and finances that often result in legally binding agreements that impacts lives for years to come. Our firm balances these issues to find a workable plan that looks after the best interests of the children while protecting the individual and parental rights of our clients. We always strive to do what is best for the family.

After practicing family law and matrimonial law in the western New York area for a combined 30-plus year, attorneys Christopher S. Mattingly and Melissa A. Cavagnaro established Mattingly Cavagnaro, LLP, in 2014 as a boutique law firm to better serve our clients. We are devoted to helping individuals and families navigate the sometimes-difficult roads of divorce, child support, custody issues and other family law matters.

We help clients face these matrimonial challenges by providing clear and knowledgeable counsel and tough representation during negotiation and, if necessary, litigation. Mattingly Cavagnaro, LLP, focuses solely on matters that affect families and marriage, and understand the challenges involved for the parents, the children and other family members.

Our Experienced Team Is Here For You

Our attorneys possess extensive experience and superior litigation skills in handling complex divorces involving substantial assets and debts. Managing partner Christopher S. Mattingly receives many referrals from peers and past clients familiar with his ability as a divorce lawyer able to handle the tough cases. Our firm also utilizes a network of financial experts, accountants and tax professionals when necessary to perform business valuations, real estate appraisals, pension valuations and professional practice valuations.

Managing partner Melissa A. Cavagnaro has a unique and sensitive insight when approaching custody, support and visitation issues. She have been appointed by the courts as an attorney for the child in numerous family court cases throughout western New York (including Erie and Niagara counties).

Contact Us To Arrange A Free And Confidential Consultation

If you are dealing with a family law matter in the western New York area, please contact us to arrange a free and confidential consultation. Call  or use our intake form.