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Knowledge & Experience In Complex Matrimonial Law Matters

Legal issues involving marriage can take an emotional toll on all of those involved, especially your family. Addressing these matters in a timely and thorough manner can aid in your ability to move forward with your life.

You do not have to face matrimonial law issues alone.

At Blustein, Shapiro, Frank & Barone, LLP, our Orange County, N.Y. lawyers partner with clients to see that all issues are addressed and resolved in a way that suits their best interests.

We pride ourselves on our ability to provide clients with detailed advice and information regarding matrimonial law matters, allowing them to make educated decisions that will affect their futures.

Contact us today to discuss matrimonial law issues or other legal matters with an attorney at Blustein, Shapiro, Frank & Barone, LLP today.


These are adversarial proceedings that take place if the spouses are not in agreement.  First, a divorce action must be commenced. Next, it may be necessary to obtain temporary relief while the divorce action is pending, including temporary maintenance (“alimony”), custody/visitation, child support, exclusive use of the marital residence, and/or legal fees.  The divorce might proceed all the way to trial, and even post-trial issues. Our attorneys will be with you every step of the way.

Viewed simply, an uncontested divorce just involves preparing and filing the necessary paperwork.  However, it is also important to ensure that our clients’ rights are protected and that all their questions have been answered.  We offer different levels of service depending on our clients’ needs and wishes.

This is a relatively new technique that aims to support the spouses as they proceed toward divorce. The goal is not only to achieve a fair and amicable dissolution of the marriage, but to implement an effective framework for the parties’ post-divorce relationship.  Each spouse has his or her own attorney who is trained in collaborative practice. Additional professionals can be brought in as necessary. These could include mediators, child specialists, and financial specialists. In collaborative divorce, all participants are committed to resolving the divorce completely and fairly, and without litigation.

These are issues that arise after the parties are divorced.  They can include modification of the terms of the divorce, or enforcing terms that one party has violated.


Divorce mediation is a dispute-resolution process that helps divorcing parties to settle their differences sensibly, and to reach an agreement that they both find acceptable.

Mediation makes use of a neutral and impartial third party — a mediator — to guide the parties towards peaceful compromise. Mediation typically takes place over the course of three to five sessions.

Issues that must be resolved involve sharing time with the children, dividing marital assets, and setting appropriate amounts for child support and spousal maintenance. A wide range of other issues can also be addressed during this process.

Matrimonial Agreements

  • Separation Agreements
  • Premarital Agreements (“Prenuptial Agreements”)
  • Post-marital Agreements: These are agreements between people who are currently married.  They can cover such things as how assets will be divided in the event of a divorce, or other issues that the spouses wish to resolve by formal agreement.