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

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

Do Judges Know All the Law?

(c) 2016, Chaim  Steinberger, Esq. Many people think that a judge knows all the laws.  That they’re presented with issues, and like the oracle, pronounce the law, correctly, every time, from on up high. Unfortunately, our society, and the laws that govern us, are too complicated for any one person to know it all.  Moreover,… read more

Pre-nuptial Agreements: Protection or Peril?

Prenuptial agreements are on the rise (see, e.g., WSJ article).  But do you really need one?  Is having one a good idea or a bad one?  Does it offer you protection or will it hurt you and your family-to-be by creating a self-fulfilling prophecy? Most people don’t realize that negotiating and signing (“executing,” in legal… read more