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Stephen Bilkis
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Free Consultation! New York Family Law Lawyer! Skilled & Dedicated!

I am a knowledgeable family law attorney with experience in a wide range of family law matters. I will advocate for your rights and best interests! Visit my website for more information or call for a free consultation.
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Steven Zalewski
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New York Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience

New York
Valerie S. Wolfman
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New York Family Law Lawyer with 29 years experience

For the past 29 years Valerie Wolfman Esq. has concentrated her law practice on Family, Matrimonial and Divorce Law, Child Custody, Divorce and Equitable Distribution (both simple and complex). Many of her... Read More »
Joseph Andrew O'Shea
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Richmond County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(718) 816-1110 260 Christopher Lane #201
Staten Island, NY 10314
Family, Criminal and Divorce
St. John's University School of Law
Joseph A. O'Shea is a trial attorney with over 35 years of experience representing clients in a wide range of areas. He focuses his practice on divorce and matrimonial law, family law issues in family court as well as criminal defense in the various courts throughout New York and New Jersey.
Mr. O'Shea also advises clients in residential and commercial real estate matters, including contracts and closings. In addition, he has also handled plaintiff's personal injury cases.



Prior to entering private practice, Mr. O'Shea was an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County. In that role, he prosecuted and tried numerous...
Adelola Sheralynn Dow
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Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(347) 273-1285 1000 South Avenue
Suite LL1
Staten Island, NY 10314
Family and Divorce
The City University of New York School of Law
Here at The Law Offices of A. Sheralynn Dow we work with those in New York to obtain positive endings in their family law cases. Our Staten Island divorce lawyer is a qualified individual who grew up in New York herself. She calls this place home and uses her understanding of the law to offer solutions to those she considers neighbors. Our team works in many area of family law, including divorce cases, mediation, or outside matters including seeking a modification or establishing paternity in a case. We work tirelessly for the good of our clients and provide diligent representation...
Fara M. Fiore
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Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney
(718) 816-0005 60 Bay Street
Penthouse
Staten Island, NY 10301
Free ConsultationFamily, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability and Workers' Comp
New York Law School
Fara M. Fiore handles cases in the areas of personal injury, workers' compensation, social security disability, matrimonial law and family law.
Benjamin Haber
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Richmond County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(718) 442-0960 36 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Family, Divorce and Juvenile
I am Benjamin Haber, a compassionate, determined lawyer focusing exclusively on family law matters for the people of Staten Island, New York. I give each of my clients the time and personal attention he or she needs to make the best possible decisions under difficult circumstances. When aggressive action is necessary to fight for your legal rights, aggressive action is exactly what I provide Conveniently located near the Staten Island Ferry. http://www.benhaber.com
Lindsay N. Marturano
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Richmond County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(718) 979-7100 1481 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10305
Free ConsultationFamily, Estate Planning and Probate
New York Law School and Quinnipiac University School of Law
Lindsay Nicole Marturano works as an associate of the firm's Elder Law and Estate Planning Group and the firm's Real Estate Group.
Anne-Louise DePalo
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Richmond County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(718) 351-3748 94 Hancock St
Staten Island, NY 10305
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Albany Law School
James Stephan Kats Esq.
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Richmond County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(347) 451-7318 407 Woodstock Ave Suite 1A
Staten Island, NY 10301
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Robert John Fileccia
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Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(718) 982-1573 496 Willowbrook Rd
Staten Island, NY 10314
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Legal Malpractice
Seton Hall University School of Law
RECOMMENDATION: Robert is one of the most honorable and courageous men that we have ever known. In his representation for us in the court, he fought for our vindication and for justice as if he were defending his own life. He is a man of truth and integrity, a true defender to the end for the defenseless and innocent victims of the "system". The following are some quotes that best represent Robert's character: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind...
Lana Sukhman
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Richmond County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(718) 667-8899 586B Midland Avenue, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10306
Family, Consumer, Divorce and Health Care
Seton Hall University School of Law
Lana Sukhman was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Marlboro, NJ. Lana attended Rutgers University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In 2003 Lana was admitted to Seton Hall School of Law as a Deans Scholar. During Law School, Lana served as a Law Clerk to Honorable James J. McGann in the Family Part of the Superior Court in Monmouth County, NJ. In 2006 Lana earned her Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall School of Law. After receiving her law degree, Lana served as law clerk to the Honorable...
Mr. Robert W. Hiatt Esq., P.C.
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Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney
32 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Family and Divorce
Olga M. Arandia
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New York Family Law Lawyer with 29 years experience

New York Law School and The Rockefeller UniversityNew Jersey and New York
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Hayley A. Chittenden
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New York Family Law Attorney

Pace Law SchoolNew York and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(718) 698-0194 160 Dinsmore St
Staten Island, NY 10314
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Real Estate
Rutgers School Of Law
Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(347) 273-1283 1110 South Ave
Staten Island, NY 10314
Family and Divorce
Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(718) 980-5200 88 New Dorp Plaza
Staten Island, NY 10306
Family and Divorce
Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(718) 761-5749 18 Ramsey Ln
Staten Island, NY 10314
Family, Business and Divorce
Cuny School Of Law At Queens C
Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney with 68 years experience
(718) 761-0700 25 Sheraden Ave
Staten Island, NY 10314
Family, Divorce and Real Estate
New York Law School
Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(718) 979-0632 1475 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305
Family and Divorce
Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(718) 979-7477 43 New Dorp Plaza
Staten Island, NY 10301
Family
Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
96 E Brandis Ave
Staten Island, NY 10308
Family and Divorce
New York Law School
Richmond County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(718) 979-1646 12 Garden Ct
Staten Island, NY 10304
Family, Divorce and Real Estate
Brooklyn Law School
Richmond County, NY Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(718) 351-3000 623 N Railroad Ave
Staten Island, NY 10304
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Elizabeth Crotty Esq.
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Free Consultation! Experienced and Aggressive New York Family Law Attorney!

I am a zealous and aggressive family law attorney. I will work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case! Visit my website for reviews and case results, or call now for a free consultation.
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Andrea Catalina
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Free Consultation! Attentive Service and Exceptional Legal Representation!

I am dedicated to diligently and attentively advocating for those with family law matters. I will fight for your family’s rights and interests! Visit my website for more information and call for a free consultation.
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Bruce Provda
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Kings County, NY Family Law Attorney with 44 years experience
5904 18th Ave
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Brooklyn, NY 11204
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and Harvard Law School
Bruce is atop divorce and family lawyer in New York
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
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Kings County, NY Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(718) 745-3600 1248 85th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11228
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Touro College
Peter Lomtevas is a licensed family law attorney specializing in divorce, child support, and child custody cases in Brooklyn and the New York City region. A graduate of The Kew Forest School, Hofstra, and Touro College Law Center, Peter is also a member of the New York State Bar Association. He is a distinguished and honored military veteran who proudly served his country for more than ten years. Education • The Kew Forest School, 1966 - 1978 • Hofstra University, 1978 - 1981 • Touro College Law Center, 1993 - 1996 Civilian Awards • Distinguished Public Service...
Anatta Levinsky
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Kings County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(718) 837-9700 6924 Bay Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11204
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Our firm handles legal matters in the following practice areas:
Geanine Towers
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Kings County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
179 Bay Ridge Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
David Storobin
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New York County, NY Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(646) 350-0601 291 Broadway, 17 floor
New York, NY 10007
Family, Criminal, DWI and Domestic Violence
Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Rutgers Univ. School Of Law -
David Storobin is a former New York State Senator who is now the managing attorney at The Storobin Law Firm. ?He has been listed on the Thomson Reuters "Super Lawyers" list for the last 4 years. Sen. Storobin has been interviewed and profiled by much of the major media including the New York Times, New York Post and the Daily News.
Kristen Epifania
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New York County, NY Family Law Attorney with 1 year experience
(646) 689-1869 535 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DWI and Domestic Violence
Brooklyn Law School
Kristen Epifania is a second year associate attorney with the Law Offices of Julie Rendelman. She works on both misdemeanor and felony matters with the firm, as well as family court matters.

Kristen graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where she received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, the Lisle Scholarship, and the Lark-Barranco Scholarship. She studied a diverse array of law, including immigration and asylum law and trial advocacy. Focusing on her passion for the criminal sector, Kristen pursued a specialized Certificate in Criminal Law, which required studies in Federal Criminal Investigations, Criminal Procedure and Evidence, Securities Fraud, Law and Police Policy, Forensic...
Julie Rendelman
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Kings County, NY Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(212) 951-1232 265 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Brooklyn Law School
Julie Rendelman began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, Brooklyn, where she investigated and prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases and quickly earned a reputation as a tough and tenacious trial attorney. While in the office, Julie was lead counsel in over 60 felony jury trials that involved a wide variety of crimes, from drug offenses to sex crimes to homicides. Julie quickly rose to the level of Senior Trial Attorney and was eventually promoted to the elite Homicide Bureau where she became the Deputy Bureau Chief.

Additionally, while working as a prosecutor, Julie also...
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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Kings County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 510-3916 41 Flatbush Ave.
Floor 1
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Attorney Shahrestani offers intense, intelligent, and attentive legal representation to individual and business clients in high-stakes, high conflict, and time sensitive litigation, negotiation, and transactional matters. Call today to set a Phone Consultation to discuss your concerns: 800-510-3916.

Fluent Spanish, French, Italian, Farsi. Offering legal representation throughout New York, California, Massachusetts, DC, and Washington State.

(1) DIVORCE & CUSTODY: High Conflict Divorce, Custody & Visitation, Restraining Orders, Abduction, Collaborative Divorce, Property Division

(2) EDUCATION LAW: Academic Discipline, Grade Disputes, Fee Disputes, Special Education, Teacher Contracts, Bullying, School Campus Crimes, Academic Freedom, School Misconduct, School Representation

(3) BUSINESS & CONTRACTS: Breach of Contract, Fraud, Legal...
Naresh Menghraj Gehi
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Queens County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
Liberty Avenue,
Ozone Park, , NY 11417
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Immigration
The University of Georgia School of Law and New Law College
Naresh Gehi is too experienced Immigration attorney licences in the Eastern and Southern district of New York and Connecticut. Mr Naresh Gehi practiced in New York and Connecticut, the US Southern and Eastern District courts of New York. Attorney Gehi holds a master of laws from the University of Georgia, especially sophisticated in Immigration laws. Naresh Gehi successfully challenged many Immigration and deportation cases and helping the Immigrants to get out of the legal problems for the last 13 years in New York. Along with the other Immigration lawyers launched an Immigration law firm called Gehi & Associates. This...
Cari B. Rincker
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(212) 427-2049 535 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10017
New York County, NY Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
Family, Agricultural, Divorce and Estate Planning
Pace Law School
Cari is a licensed attorney in the States of New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and Connecticut while being licensed in the District of Columbia. Cari is a general practitioner with concentrations in food/agriculture law, family/matrimonial law, civil litigation, estate planning and mediation. Rincker Law, PLLC has offices in New York City and Champaign, Illinois. Cari is a member of the Association for the Bar in the City of New York's Matrimonial Law Committee. Before starting Rincker Law, PLLC, Cari was an associate at Budd-Falen Law Offices, LLC in Cheyenne, Wyoming where her broad practice...
Scott Steinberg
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Free Consultation! Experienced Representation for Family Law Matters! Call Now!

I vigorously advocate for those with family law matters. I provide attentive and skilled legal advocacy. I will work hard for the results you deserve! Visit my website for more information. Call for a free consultation!
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Darren M. Shapiro
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Compassionate Family Law attorney with years of experience across New York.

Our firm has years of legal experience handling a variety of Family Law cases across Nassau and Suffolk Long Island, Queens, New York City, the Boroughs and more. Contact us to schedule a consultation.
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Paul Eric Rudder
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New York County, NY Family Law Attorney with 49 years experience
(212) 826-9900 950 THIRD AVENUE, 11TH FLOOR
New York, NY 10022
Family and Divorce
Brooklyn Law School
Paul Eric Rudder, ESQ is a Family and Divorce Lawyer in Midtown Manhattan for the past 35 years. His firm provides all legal services pertaining to Matrimonial Practice. He has earned highest regards from both clients and peers. Services: Contested Divorces, Uncontested Divorces, Separation/Settlement Agreements, High Net Worth Divorces, Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Post Divorce Disputes, Same Sex Pre Nuptial Agreements, and Divorce Child Custody Disputes.
Renata Weissman
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Kings County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(718) 865-8084 3044 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Family and Divorce
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Renata Weissman obtained her JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in 2010. During law school, Renata began gathering her experience in the legal field through her internship with the Hon. Jane A. Solomon, New York Civil Division, New York County, followed by an internship with Jaffe & Koumourdas, LLP and an internship with ICE at Homeland Security. Prior to attending law school, but after obtaining her B.A. in Economics and Psychology from New York University, Renata was employed as a Legal Assistant at Agins, Siegel, Reiner & Bouklas, LLP (now Siegel & Reiner, LLC). Through these...
Jane Freidson
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New York County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(212) 219-3144 11 Park Place
Suite 1715
New York, NY 10007
Family and Divorce
New York University School of Law
Jane Freidson is a New York City divorce attorney/mediator with decades of litigation experience. She regularly appears in Family Court and Supreme Court throughout NYC, handling contested and uncontested divorces, support, custody, paternity, and protective proceedings. Her mediation practice aims to help couples facing separation or divorce make necessary decisions on their own terms and on their own timeline.
Mercedes Cano
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Queens County, NY Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(718) 505-8506 40-26 82nd St
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
The City University of New York School of Law
Mercedes S. Cano is the sole proprietor of the Law Office of Mercedes S. Cano. She has extensive experience in the area of immigration law, and more specifically in matters that involve deportation, political asylum and family petitions. She has represented and obtained green cards for immigrants who have been allegedly abused by United States citizens or permanent legal residents. Ms. Cano has successfully represented immigrants in immigration courts in and out of New York State, and has filed appeals for the Board of Immigration Appeals for those in deportation proceedings. Ms. Cano is also an experienced criminal defense...
Jonna Spilbor
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New York County, NY Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(845) 485-2529 610 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Jonna Spilbor is the founding attorney at Jonna Spilbor Law. An experienced trial lawyer, she has served as a contributing attorney and legal analyst for the Fox News Channel and has lent her voice to various publications, such as Variety Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, and others. Jonna also hosts and co-hosts several radio shows in the Poughkeepsie area. She is one of only a few members of the elite National College for DUI Defense and has handled hundreds of DUI and criminal cases. Her firm assists clients with criminal defense, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and more.
Brian Daniel Perskin
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Kings County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(718) 875-7584 44 Court Street
Suite 1210
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
American University and American University Washington College of Law
While many divorces and cases can be settled amicably, it is to your benefit to have a lawyer stand up for you and your children. At the Law Offices of Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C., we have the experience and skill necessary to protect your family. We also understand the difficulties and confusion that the majority of family law cases present. That is why our team of professional attorneys strives to provide each individual client with the knowledge, communication, attention and dedication they deserve. We value our clients and we fight for successful case results. The Law Offices...
Yuliya Vangorodska
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Kings County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(718) 376-4766 1123 Avenue Z
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
If you are facing a divorce and/or issues of child custody, you need to be certain that you are being represented by a family and divorce attorney who has solid experience and knows exactly how to secure your best interest. With more than 2 decades of experience and thousands of successful representation of clients going through divorce and family issues, Yuliya Vangorodska is one of New York's most experienced divorce and family attorneys.

Her specific areas of specialty include divorce and separation, marital property, child custody, support and maintenance, domestic violence and uncontested divorce. Very few divorce attorneys in New...
Kenneth A. Eiges
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New York County, NY Family Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(347) 848-1850 233 Broadway
Suite 2205
New York, NY 10279
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Brooklyn Law School
Attorney Kenneth Eiges has handled more than 3,000 divorce cases over the last 35 years. A skilled divorce mediator and an equally powerful litigator, he has earned an AV®Preeminent™ Rating with Martindale-Hubbell® - the highest rating possible from this trusted service - as well as a perfect 10.0 “Superb” rating from Avvo. Ken has a keen understanding of the interplay between the legal system and the emotional needs of his clients – an insight which makes him an effective advocate who is able to craft strong, lasting divorce settlements. He has appeared on television and hosted radio shows, and has...
Joseph Harris Nivin
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New York County, NY Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(347) 642-0376 122 East 42nd Street
Suite 2100
New York, NY 10168
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Brooklyn Law School
Joseph H. Nivin, Esq. Family Law Attorney

The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, P.C. is a general practice law firm with a focus on family law. Attorney Joseph H. Nivin, Esq. and his team have years of experience with the New York City Child Welfare Agency, Family Court, and Supreme Court. Mr. Nivin represents families in court, litigation, hearings and appeals. He has argued successfully before the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department.

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Mr. Nivin has been repeatedly recognized as a respected attorney in his field. He has been named a Rising Star in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by...
Ingrid Gherman
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New York County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(212) 941-0767 225 Broadway
Suite 307
New York, NY 10007
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
For over 30 years Ingrid Gherman has dedicated her New York family law practice exclusively to all aspects of matrimonial law, focusing on divorce and child custody. This specialization has enabled her to accumulate extensive knowledge and robust experience in matters including divorce, child custody and visitation, marital agreements, equitable distribution of marital property, child support, spousal support and maintenance (alimony), prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, enforcement and modification proceedings, same sex marriage and divorce, contempt of court proceedings, domestic violence, and interstate and international child abduction. Her skill as a litigator and appeals attorney is equaled by her ability...
Daniel A. Singer
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Free Phone Consultation! Determined & Dedicated Family Law Attorney! Call Now!

I am a result-driven family attorney. I strive to provide affordable solutions, hand-tailored to the unique needs of each client. I work for the best possible outcomes! Visit my website or call for a free consultation.
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Elliot Green
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New York Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience

My name is Elliot Green. Born and raised in Brooklyn, I am proud to serve as a family law attorney for people throughout New York City. I am proud to use my experience to help people like you get through... Read More »
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.