My Approach to Your New York Family Law or Divorce Matter


Having worked as a Court Attorney to the Hon. Laura Drager, a New York Supreme Court matrimonial judge and thereafter worked for the renowned divorce lawyer Raoul Felder, Esq., I recognize that  choosing the right divorce lawyer is probably the single most important decision a client must make.  Finding a lawyer that listens to your needs, identifies the strengths and weaknesses your case, and devises a plan is the difference between successfully navigating what can be a difficult, expensive and emotional process and complete disaster.


I believe that my clients are intelligent individuals who know the facts of their case better than anyone.  As a result, I use a very collaborative, down to earth approach in which I  provide 24/7 service, education on the critical issues impacting their divorce and strong advocacy in court.


Naturally,  if a client is paying thousands of dollars for effective representation in their family law matter, it is not unreasonable to expect the attorney to be knowledgeable, reachable and proactive. There is nothing worse  than feeling as if your attorney does not care about your case and is not devoting enough attention  to it.

I often assume cases from other attorneys  in which I am surprised to discover that my predecessor never took the time to:

  1. Sit down with their client for an hour or two to get the specific relevant facts of their case.  Spotting the legal issues which will likely be in dispute well in advance.
  2. Explain to the client how much the process is likely to cost in terms of legal fees, expert fees (if necessary) and other court costs.
  3. Explain to the client the law in  the State of New York  (Domestic Relations Law  “DRL”)  as it relates to a particular topic.
  4. Explain to the client proper behavior inside and outside of the courtroom while going through the process of divorce or dealing with a custody and access issue.
  5. Explain to the client what the realistic outcomes may be in their particular case. Unrealistic expectations ultimately cost the client enormous legal fees chasing an outcome that is simply not attainable.
  6. Explain to the client how we can work together to achieve their goals in an ethical, efficient (both economically and time wise) and legal manner.
  7. Advise the client as to who will be working on their legal matter and make proper introductions to support staff.

Due to the nature of family law, I make myself available to my clients 24/7 via telephone, text message or email and check my messages regularly in the event that a legal matter should need to be addressed immediately. Naturally, I hope that clients recognize that normal business hours are preferred, however I also recognize that my clients are often working themselves and sometimes the best time for them to speak about their personal matters in private is at the end  of their own business hours.


I want my clients to be educated on the law in the State of New York as it pertains to their divorce or family law matter. Whether its a custody and access matter, domestic violence, valuing marital assets, splitting a business, valuing a license, alimony (known as maintenance in the State of New York) or child support, I am prepared to take the time necessary to explain the legal issues facing my client in a manner that an intelligent non-lawyer can understand.

Divorce is a totally foreign and scary process for most people.  As a result, the anxiety that develops from  fear of the unknown is very disturbing.  It is my experience that explaining to a client what to expect from the outset, creates ease and provides the client with the emotional tools necessary to navigate the unexpected turns that may take place during the divorce and which are beyond their control.

I take the time with each and every client to explain:

  1. How we start a divorce, what papers need to be prepared and filed with the Court or whether we can begin negotiating a settlement without going to court.
  2. What a client needs to do before filing for divorce that may place him/her in a superior bargaining position after the case begins.
  3. What financial documents and other financial information are necessary and will help the client’s case.
  4. Domestic Relations Law in the State of New York as it pertains to a particular topic.
  5. What techniques we can employ to negotiate a beneficial settlement.
  6. What happens at a trial and how to properly prepare for one.


From the outset of a divorce, many clients feel as if it is the fight of their life.

I endeavor with each client to be knowledgeable, accessible and available for them  in each and every step of the journey.  I  listen to their needs and advocate for their position at every point in the process so that we are experiencing it together and I am navigating effectively.

Advocacy is supporting your cause by pleading your case before the court.   If the judge finds that your position is more credible than that of your spouse, you will achieve a better result  in your divorce.  If the judge does not “like” you or does not believe your claims, you are not likely to achieve a good result.

Preparation is crucial to effective advocacy. It is important that we both do our homework. Assisting our office in preparing your legal documents and providing us with the information and documentation necessary promptly after it is requested not only reduces legal costs, but makes it easier for us to prepare your case quickly and permits us to focus our time on the strategy of your case.

I work diligently for each of my clients as I find that preparation always helps yield a favorable outcome on their behalf.

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