Matrimonial and Family Law

Barton’s Matrimonial and Family Law team handles all aspects of matrimonial and family matters. These include divorce, property distribution, child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, and pre-and post-nuptial agreements (including the modification and enforcement of these issues).

Our team practices in all five boroughs of New York—as well as in the surrounding counties—and we represent clients in both NY Family Court and NY Supreme Court.

Barton offers highly individualized, responsive, and cost-effective representation to achieve our clients’ goals as efficiently and favorably as possible. We counsel clients regarding their range of options and work collaboratively with them to design a strategy to resolve their disputes. Although most of our cases have resulted in advantageous settlements for our clients, we have extensive experience litigating cases when the need arises.

Because Barton includes attorneys who handle corporate transactions, commercial litigation, wills, trusts and estates, immigration, employment matters, and a variety of other client services, we offer a variety of resources unmatched by many family law firms in the New York metropolitan area. The attorneys on the Matrimonial and Family Law team consult with Barton’s other practitioners on a regular basis to draw upon their knowledge and experience to deliver the best possible results for our clients.

We serve a diverse set of clients from all walks of life and we understand that sensitivity and discretion are of utmost importance to those going through separation, divorce, and other family issues. We are always conscientious about protecting the privacy of each client and family member affected by the matters we handle. Our Matrimonial and Family Law team handles matters across the full range of legal family issues, including:

  • Divorce, separation, and annulment
  • Custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Division of assets
  • Spousal support/maintenance
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Postnuptial agreements
  • Relocation cases
  • Paternity cases
  • Post-judgment enforcement and modification proceedings
  • Appeals
  • International custody disputes
  • Grandparent visitation
  • LGBT issues
  • Domestic abuse
  • Situations involving substance abuse
  • Mediation
  • Mediation coaching
  • Divorce planning
Work in this Area

Matrimonial and Family Law

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Representative Matters
  • Represented Spouses in Litigated Divorce Matters
    • Represented husbands and wives in litigated divorce cases in New York, Kings, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties involving all aspects of divorce, including child custody and access, child and spousal support, and equitable distribution of marital property, from inception through settlement or trial.
  • Counsel Regarding Valuation of Business Interests
    • Counseled clients through the valuation of their or their spouse’s business interests.
  • Favorably Resolved International Custody Disputes
    • Achieved favorable outcomes for clients involved in contentious international custody disputes.
  • Litigated Post-Divorce Custody and Financial Disputes
    • Represented clients in post-divorce custody and financial disputes.
  • Obtained Enforcements of Divorce Decrees
    • Obtained orders and negotiated agreements enforcing domestic and foreign divorce decrees.
  • ConsultantDuring Divorce Mediation
    • Served as a consulting attorney for clients engaged in divorce mediation.
  • Settled Favorably Through Mediation Proceedings
    • Participated in the mediation process to achieve clients’ favorable settlements.
  • Negotiated Pre-and Post-Nuptials
    • Negotiated pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
  • Litigated Cases on Appeal
    • Prosecuted and defended cases on appeal.
  • Litigated Complex Divorce Actions in NY Supreme Courts
    • Litigated complex divorce actions in New York Supreme Courts to achieve optimal outcomes for clients in New York, Kings, Queens, Westchester, and NassauCounties, including favorable awards of custody, equitable distribution of marital property, child support, spousal maintenance, and attorneys’ fees.
  • Obtained Favorable Orders of Spousal Maintenance
    • Obtained favorable orders of spousal maintenance in New York Supreme Courts, under both prior support statutes and the new support statutes.
  • Conducted Discovery to Identify Hidden Assets and Income
    • Conducted extensive discovery in divorce and support matters to identify hidden assets and sources of income.
  • Successfully Protected Clients’ Property Assets
    • Represented clients in divorce property matters by successfully protecting clients’ separate property assets—including premarital property, inherited property, and gifted property—from spouses’ potential claims.
  • Obtained Favorable Child Custody Decisions in Litigation
    • Has represented both mothers and fathers in New York Family Courts, litigating child custody matters and obtaining favorable custody decisions, including sole legal and physical custody.
  • GuidedClients Through Child Custody Process and Trials
    • Guided clients through the child custody process, including the procedures involved in forensic evaluations and custody trial in New York Supreme Courts and Family Courts.
  • Counsel on Custody Matters Involving Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse
    • Has represented various clients and achieved favorable outcomes in child custody matters where domestic violence, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues have been present.
  • Represented Payors and Payees in Child Support Actions
    • Represented payors and payees in child support actions and child support modification actions in New York Family Courts.
  • Obtained Full Stay-Away Orders of Protection
    • Represented clients in New York Family Court by litigating family offense proceedings and obtaining full stay-away orders of protection.
  • Obtained Orders of Filiation to Establish Paternity
    • Obtained orders of filiation in New York Family Court to establish paternity of children born out of wedlock.
  • Negotiated Separation and Settlement Agreements
    • Negotiated separation agreements and settlement agreements to streamline the divorce process and to avoid lengthy litigation.
  • Mediated Multiple Divorce Matters
    • Barton has successfully mediated multiple divorce cases, including those involving custody issues, property issues, and support issues.
  • Provided Mediation Coaching to Clients
    • Provided mediation coaching to clients involved in divorce mediation in order to help them achieve more favorable outcomes from the mediation process.
  • Negotiations Pre-and Post-Nuptial Agreements
    • Represented clients in the negotiation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements to preserve assets and to clarify the rights and responsibilities of spouses.