The most prophetic things any judge ever said to me about custody was “do you hate the other person more than you love your child? If so, you will do anything that hurts him/her.”  Consider: are your negative feelings towards the other parent greater than your love for your child? Many people come into my…

Mediation. Many of you have heard of it. Some of you may have experienced it. In this article, I will discuss what mediation is, what it is not, and the positives and negatives of mediation in the context of a matrimonial or family law matter. What is mediation? Mediation is an alternative method to resolving…

I have had men in my office from ages 18 to 80 crying crocodile tears over their shock and displeasure of finding out that they will be a father. As this is a family publication, I will not go through the obvious ways to insure that fatherhood does not occur. If you are on either…

With the onslaught of alternatives to litigation, clients often come in with agreements that they have reached through alternative processes, such as mediation. Unfortunately, in New York State mediation is an unlicensed vocation, and anyone can hang up her shingle and call herself a mediator. There are mediators that have training from intense seminars and…

We have received a lot of positive feedback about our columns in Our Towne. Many readers have told us that the issues discussed and the advice given has been eye-opening. The inspiration for the articles comes from our experiences representing people from all socio-economic backgrounds and education levels. However, the inspiration for this article came…

The job of a lawyer is to advise her client as to his options. While the lawyer must advise as to the pros and cons of each option, ultimately, it is for the client to decide for him or herself as to what s/he wants to do, and what the consequences will be. In making…

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