Successfully completed 3-parent adoptions
Succeeded in having home study requirement waived for same-sex couples in stepparent adoptions
Completed first known case in NYS successfully converting kinGAP into an adoption and retaining adoption subsidy
Succeeded in obtaining an order directing posthumous sperm retrieval for decedent’s parents to use for future reproductive purposes:
- News 12 Westchester, Ethics questions swirl over legal rights to West Point cadet’s ‘genetic remains’, March 21, 2019.
- Peter D. Kramer, Rockland/Westchester Journal News, West Point cadet Peter Zhu’s parents lose son, but win promise of future grandson, March 4, 2019.
- Peter D. Kramer, Rockland/Westchester Journal News, Family wins court order to extract sperm from West Point cadet fatally wounded in ski accident, March 4, 2019.
Handled high-profile adoption of slain child’s biological siblings, Mary Wilson, Albany Local News, Siblings of Kenneth White adopted, May 10, 2019.
Successfully litigated countless birth parent consent/abandonment hearings in private-placement adoptions
Successfully negotiated and drafted a comprehensive custody schedule for client to “co-parent” a dog following a breakup
Successfully handled several interstate adoption proceedings involving the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
Successfully argued appeals before the Third and Fourth Judicial Departments and sought leave to appeal to the New York State Court of Appeals
Succeeded in overturning custody order on appeal based on misconduct of the forensic custody evaluator
Succeeded in obtaining an annulment of a marriage based on fraud
Successfully litigated numerous highly contested step and second parent adoptions
Successfully litigated complex custody disputes involving allegations of physical/sexual abuse and parental alienation
Successfully obtained countless orders of protection (including 5-year orders) for victims of domestic violence
Successfully litigated several divorce proceedings for same-sex and/or transgender clients
Represented clients in international re-adoptions and registration of foreign adoptions
Succeeded in obtaining leave to serve court documents via Facebook, text message and Instagram when the opposing party’s location was unknown
Successfully obtained a certification order for an adoption application with a significant criminal history
Successfully represented minors in proceedings to obtain child support from their non-supportive parent(s)
Successfully handled several interstate custody disputes involving the Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
Succeeded in obtaining name change orders for children over the objection of the other parent
Successfully negotiated contested matrimonial and custody proceedings to settlement to avoid costly litigation
Successfully represented clients in complex matrimonial actions including business valuations and distributions
Succeeded in obtaining name change for minor whose parent was a convicted felon without providing notice to the parent
Successfully represented clients in high net worth divorces resulting in spousal support and child support awards above the guidelines amount
Successfully represented non-parents (including non-relatives) in obtaining custody and/or visitation of minor children
Represented several minors in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases to obtain predicate orders to apply for United States citizenship
Represented several transgender adults and minors in changing their name and gender marker on government-issued identifying documents