Matrimonial / Family
We represent clients in all phases of matrimonial and family law, from the preparation of prenuptial agreements through and including obtaining a judgment of divorce. Our firm is dedicated to protecting your rights and advocating on your behalf throughout your matrimonial/family law matter. We recognize that each case involves a unique set of important and sensitive considerations ranging from child custody, visitation and support, to maintenance, equitable distribution and the protection of marital assets.
Regardless of the issues and complexities involved, our firm possesses the requisite experience and resources necessary to effectively represent you. Over half of our practice is dedicated to matrimonial and family law, and we regularly practice in the New York State Supreme and Family Courts. When necessary, we consult with highly regarded experts in the fields of psychology, accounting and actuarial science. While we will make every attempt to negotiate an amicable settlement on your behalf, we are at home in the courtroom and remain fully prepared to utilize the courts to guard your rights.
Our Collaborative Law Department was formed based on a relatively recent innovative technique employed in settling divorce disputes. Collaborative Law is a practice area where attorneys for both parties in a divorce dispute agree to assist in resolving conflict based upon cooperation rather than adversarial contact and litigation. Our emphasis in collaborative law is to find a way to work in a cooperative manner to reach a satisfactory divorce settlement for our clients. In doing so, we utilize the method of “four way” settlement conferences during which the parties and their collaborative lawyers meet to work on a personalized settlement to meet the parties’ particularized needs and circumstances. We believe in this collaborative approach, as it is ultimately less costly and time consuming, and a process in which a respectful settlement can be reached without the confines of the courtroom. In the event that no settlement can be reached through the collaborative-law approach, the collaborative lawyers must withdraw and the parties must retain trial attorneys to pursue a traditional divorce. Hence, it is in the best interest of all parties involved to make the collaborative law process as efficient, peaceful and productive as possible.