ABA Family Law Section taps Steinberger to chair its Custody Committee

The Family Law Section of the American Bar Association appointed Chaim Steinberger to head its Custody Committee.  The Committee “[s]tudies and strives for improvements in the law relating to child custody and visitation, such as development of a model joint custody statute, standards for relocating children and rights of stepparents and unwed parents.”  Mr. Steinberger… read more

The Attributes of a Great Divorce Lawyer (i.e., “Good v. Great” )

By Chaim Steinberger (c) 2018 For several years I’ve been thinking about writing on the differences between a “good” lawyer and a “great” one. That is, many have written articles with titles like, “How to Pick a Divorce Lawyer” that try to help people select decent lawyers from among the poor ones. That doesn’t interest… read more

Complicated Custody Cases

On February 20, 2018, Attorney Chaim Steinberger presented to a chapter of the American Inns of Court at the Brooklyn Bar Association on the factors that New York Courts consider when determining custody.  Courts must always consider “the best interests of the child,” Mr. Steinberger noted.  That means that anything that affects a child is… read more

What is a “Negotiation Coach”?

A Negotiation Coach?  What’s That? By Chaim Steinberger (c) 2018 From time to time, I’m approached by people who don’t want to do their negotiating through lawyers. They may believe that lawyers might make matters unnecessarily complicated. They might inflame the situation. Or one party doesn’t want to hire a lawyer and doesn’t feel comfortable… read more

How Badly Will Divorce Harm My Children?

By Chaim Steinberger Approximately three times as many children of divorce drop out of school and have children of their own while they themselves are still teenagers than that of children of non-divorced parents.[ref] Taking Stock of Parent Education in Family Courts: Envisioning a Public Health Approach, 51 Family Court Review 131, 138 (2013).[/ref]  Twice… read more

Lucky Boy is Awarded Three Parents

In a recent, unusual decision the Supreme Court, Suffolk County (H. Patrick Leis, III, J.), awarded a 10-year old boy three parents. The unusual facts of the case justified this unusual result. The case, Dawn M. v. Michael M., 47 NYS3d 898, 2017 WL 923725 (Supreme Court, Suffolk Cty., 3/8/2017), involved a husband and wife… read more

Always, Always, Always, Challenge an “Indicated” SCR Report of Abuse or Neglect

Always, Always, Always, Challenge an “Indicated” SCR Report of Abuse or Neglect: The standards are higher for a neglect finding at the administrative review or fair hearing (c) 2016 By Chaim Steinberger New York State has three independent, though interconnected, systems of dealing with parents accused of abusing or neglecting their children. First, there’s the… read more

Eternity with that “Bastard”?

Eternity With That “Bastard”? Who Says the Fun Has to Stop: Decades-old Family Feud Continues After Death In a decision issued two weeks ago, a judge was called on to decide whether a sister may disinter a decedent (a person who died), from where she was buried by her son in Queens, NY, to Jerusalem,… read more

“Should I attend therapy or wait until the custody battle is over?”

Someone just asked me whether she should attend therapy during a divorce and custody litigation or wait until the litigation was done. That is, she wanted to know whether a divorce court deciding custody issues would be biased against a parent who is [diagnosed and] in therapy. Here’s what I answered: The best answer to… read more

Lying Lawyers? “I’m shocked, shocked!”

In Court this morning, opposing counsel said that he didn’t lie in his papers.  “I didn’t say I never signed it,” he claimed.  “I just said I didn’t remember signing it.  That’s something entirely different.” That was the basis for my motion for sanctions.  Based on his attempted deception of the Court. The judge looked… read more