Cases of Note

Cases of Note

With over 85 years of collective legal experience, Jeffrey S. Schecter & Associates, P.C. has handled numerous cases that are at the forefront of developing areas in matrimonial and family law, many of which have been published and/or cited in case reporters and/or legal periodicals. A few examples of cases that exemplify our expertise are as follows:

Custody and Parenting Time

Custody matters can be significant areas of contention in matrimonial and family law in which our firm has a wealth of experience. In the matter of J.F.D. v. J.D., 45 Misc.3d 1212(A), in a decision described as having established “new policy” in litigated custody matters involving forensic experts, our firm successfully applied for the release of raw data and the notes of a court-appointed forensic expert for review to facilitate the preparation of cross-examination at trial in a contested and complicated contested custody matter. Prior to this decision, the generally accepted principle was that pretrial disclosure of such materials could not be compelled without a showing of special circumstances. This decision issued by the Nassau County Supreme Court was viewed as potentially establishing a new path with respect to access of forensic evaluations in contested custody matters and has been cited in multiple legal periodicals since its issuance, including the New York Journal, as well by other trial courts. This case was the also the subject of an article written by Leigh Baseheart Kahn, Esq. in the December 2014 edition of the New York Family Law Monthly entitled, “Opening the Door”;

In a complicated matter that was decided by the Nassau County Family Court in March 2020, after a fourteen day trial, our firm secured custody for the mother of a ten-year-old child against the child’s paternal grandparents whose son had custody of the child but had passed away.

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    I wanted to sincerely express my gratitude and thanks to you and Joey. I cannot tell you how much this has meant to my family and me. In the very beginning I was so scared and wasn’t sure how things were going to play out. Joey is very special, she went over and beyond assisting to my needs and continues still. I understand how much your establishment has done for me. Thanks, Jeffrey and Joey.
    - S.R.
  • “I’m always very appreciative of the work you do to help me to win this case.”
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    - S.S.
  • “Without her in my world, I am not sure where I would be today. I do know I am in a much better world because of her!”
    Thank you for being so kind and understanding over the past few years while Joey handled my divorce. I appreciate all you and Joey have done for me, as a matter of fact, Joey has been and always will be my “My Rock”! She has an extraordinary handle on me, she has kept me grounded, sane, professional, informed, educated and taught me the importance to handle the marital conflicts with the utmost maturity, and kept me out of trouble with any frivolous charges my ex may have tried to put me in. I owe it all to Joey!!! Without her in my world, I am not sure where I would be today. I do know I am in a much better world because of her!!!
    - P.B.
  • “I always knew you had my back and that was so reassuring for me.”
    I can’t thank you enough for your support and help during this time. I always knew you had my back and that was so reassuring for me. I can’t say how pleased I am by only words. You made this process easier for me.
    - M.A.
  • “I am so grateful for your help”
    Thank you so much for your time, strength, knowledge and kindness. I just finished reading the motion you submitted. I am so grateful for your help. You did such an incredible job.It was terrific and I really appreciate all you have done. Wishing you all the best and hope you and your family are feeling and doing well.
  • “Great Lawyer-Joey is smart and very calm”
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  • “Excellent Attorney!!”
    Excellent Attorney!! I highly recommend Attorney Michaels. She is sharp and prepares well for court. I was glad to have her on my side as she fought off the numerous and unfounded attacks of my ex with vigor and expertise.
  • “Thanks for your really hard work and support”
    Thanks for your really hard work and support, most of all, your compassion.
    - Allison

Attorney Disqualification

Attorney disqualification issues have been a ripe area of litigation in matrimonial law. In a decision issued by the Appellate Division in the matter of Cohen v. Cohen, 125 A.D.3d 589, our firm successfully obtained an order disqualifying the wife’s attorney from representing her in the pending matrimonial action because the husband’s brother, who was in business with the husband, previously consulted with the wife’s attorney and had discussed details of a business in which the husband had an interest. The decision issued by the Appellate Division was also the subject of an article that was published in the New York Law Journal on February 9, 2015 entitled “Panel Says Divorce Counsel Should Be Disqualified” written by Andrew Denney. This case has also been cited in a number of orders subsequently issued by various courts as well as in various other legal publications in matters dealing with attorney disqualification.

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