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Tully Rinckey, PLLC

Peter Charnetsky, Esq. is Binghamton Managing Partner for Tully Rinckey PLLC, one of New York State's largest full-service law firms. The firm operates seven office locations, including five spanning from Albany to Buffalo, one in Washington, DC and another in San Diego, CA.

Tully Rinckey PLLC offers FREE consultations at its Binghamton office for all divorce and family law matters. Call (607) 722-1520.

Peter's 30 years of combined experience on the bench and as an attorney allows him to approach legal cases with knowledge of the court system that most other attorneys simply lack. With nine years of experience as an Acting Supreme Court Justice and a decade of experience as a Broome County Family Court Judge, Peter is able to use his unique perspective and courtroom knowledge for the benefit of his clients, particularly with respect to divorce and family law matters.

After spending ten years deciding thousands of cases from the bench, Peter will use his comprehensive knowledge of the courtroom to develop customized case strategies for his clients that provide them with the best chance of success in their legal matter. Simply put, Peter's judicial courtroom experience and knowledge are now on your side of the argument.

During his judicial career, Peter resolved over 25,000 cases, and the Broome County Bar Association and Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission both rated him as "highly qualified." From 2005 to 2014, Peter served as a Broome County Family Court Judge. In this position, he heard cases involving child neglect, child custody, parent, sibling and grandparent visitation, juvenile delinquency, orders of protection, adoption, persons in need of supervision (PINS), paternity and child support.

From 2006 to 2014, Peter presided over Integrated Domestic Violence Court for all Broome County courts. He routinely heard cases involving child support, visitation, child neglect, family offense petitions, no-fault divorces, contested divorces, and related criminal matters. Before becoming a Judge, Peter for 15 years ran a solo law practice in Vestal, where he practiced family and matrimonial law and criminal defense,

As Tully Rinckey PLLC's Binghamton Managing Partner, Peter represents clients in divorce and family law matters throughout New York's Southern Tier, including Broome, Tioga, Elmira, Chemung, Delaware, Chenango, Cortland, Onondaga and Tompkins counties. Call (607) 722-1520 to schedule your FREE consultation with Peter Charnetsky regarding any of the following matters:

Contested and uncontested divorce

Child visitation and custody

Spousal support

Marital agreements

Equitable distribution


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