The matrimonial and family law department handles settlement negotiations and litigation in contested divorce actions, custody and relocation litigation, enforcement litigation, paternity actions, and the negotiation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

As matrimonial and family law have evolved, certain areas have become considerably more complex. Equitable distribution and valuation issues in high-asset marital estates now require experience and depth.

Our attorneys are actively involved in a range of matters related to matrimonial and family law, including:

  • Pension and retirement plans
  • Tax shelters and investment entities
  • Professional practices and licenses
  • Closely held corporations
  • Stock options and grants
  • The valuation of enhanced earning capacity and celebrity status

    Matrimonial and family law cases often precipitate issues relating to other areas of the law. As part of a small, full-service law firm, we have easy access to partners in tax, trusts and estates, real estate, and litigation. Our clients know that should these other issues arise, they will receive the personal attention of a trusted colleague who works with their matrimonial lawyer regularly.

    We know that the matrimonial cases we handle are not just about money, but also about the well-being of our clients and their families. Among us is a certified Law Guardian who acts as a court-appointed advocate for children in custody cases. We make a point of providing sensitive advice and counsel to the individuals we represent, knowing that they require our assistance at a critical time in their lives.

    While attorneys in the department have been successful in the trial and appeal of matrimonial litigation, the department believes that litigation is the least effective way to achieve a desirable solution. The department has succeeded in settling well over ninety percent of its cases.

    As an outgrowth of our commitment to achieving private settlements is a special alternative dispute resolution process created by the department’s partners. In this process, a partner meets with both parties in an attempt to craft a dissolution of the marriage that is fair, equitable, and to the parties’ mutual benefit.

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