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Over his many years of practicing law, Steven J.Mandel has not only been quoted extensively as a legal expert by every major New York newspaper publication as well as national publications, but has regularly shared his insights and legal analysis on both TV and Radio.

NYC Divorce Lawyer - Get Here Before Your Spouse Does - The Mandel Law Firm

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Thinking of calling our firm for you divorce? Well, like this 30 second spot says “Just make sure you get here first”. While we have fun in this video, it really is important to make sure you contact us before your spouse does. You don’t want them having the upper...
Interview with Steven Mandel

Interview with Steven Mandel – Founder of The Mandel Law Firm, NYC

Today, I had the privilege of talking to Steve Mandel, a reputable family law attorney and successful business owner of The Mandel Law Firm (MLF) located in central Manhattan. Steve’s story is remarkable and I am in complete awe of his accomplishments and...
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Steve Mandel Appears on Lifetime’s “Marrying Millions”

Did you miss me on last month's Lifetime Show " Marrying Millions? Did Megan sign the prenup I recommended? I won't spoil it for you just yet. Go watch! Marrying Millions Season 1 Episode 7
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Steve Mandel in the News: 7 Common Moments That Couples Who Get Divorced Go Through

There are a lot of different things that go into a couple's decision to get divorced. It's usually not just one thing that makes someone want to start the process — it's typically a combination of the little things that slowly build up and impact the relationship over...
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What is No-Fault Divorce?

10/08/2018 What is No-fault divorce? In August 2010, Governor Paterson signed the bill that finally brought the state of New York’s divorce law up to speed with the 49 other states. Prior to the enactment of the new no-fault divorce provision, unhappily married...

It’s Another World in There

Life in prison is different from life on the outside, to say the least. Two recent court decisions touched on aspects of these differences. An inmate who was serving a sentence for robbery applied to have his name changed and asked that the court filing fees be waived...

Careful! It Might Be Loaded!

Firearms have a long and illustrious history in this country. Two recent New York appellate court decisions add their own color to this history. In New York City, a former NYPD detective accidentally shot himself in the knee at a precinct station house. The detective...

Fresh Air & Exercise

Good health and exercise usually go hand-in-hand. But sometimes engaging in athletic activities can result in injury or even disability. Three recent court decisions highlight the law's view of responsibility for risks from athletic activity. A high school student was...

No-Fault Divorce Doesn’t Necessarily Mean No-Trial

When the New York legislature passed a no-fault divorce statute (Domestic Relations Law §170) last summer, one of its goals was to cut down on lengthy and expensive litigation. Apparently one Essex County judge didn't get this memo. Judith A. Strack filed for divorce...

No-Fault Divorce No Longer a Problem for NY?

Thanks to the State Assembly's approval of BILL NO A09753A, New York finally has the option of no-fault divorce just like the rest of the country. Under this amendment to NY Domestic Relations Law §170, the minimum requirement for divorce will be one spouse swearing...

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The Mandel Law Firm has represented New Yorkers in a range of family-related legal matters, from divorce, child custody, and alimony disputes to LGBTQ family issues, sexual abuse claims, and domestic violence cases.

Our founder, Steven J. Mandel, who began practicing law in the 1980s, is a well-known attorney and legal analyst throughout New York City, regularly appearing on television to share his insight on various legal matters. He is both a skilled negotiator and an aggressive trial attorney who has a long track record of success helping clients obtain their objectives. We need to add Jane and Joe into this as well as the rest of the firm. Summarize our experience!

The Mandel Law Firm has a strong reputation as one of the premier legal practices in New York. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding customer service, exceptional legal advice, and aggressive representation. We are located just around the corner from Grand Central Station in Manhattan, allowing clients from all five New York city boroughs to easily access our offices and services.

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At The Mandel Law Firm, our attorneys have the unique ability to determine when a cooperative approach is most beneficial and, conversely, when aggressively litigating a case is the right path. We know when to compromise and when to fight, a trait that distinguishes us from other firms. We understand that sometimes, the best and most realistic way to achieve our clients’ goals is to seek a meticulously negotiated outcome, but our trial lawyers also have extensive experience litigating civil cases in both state and federal courts. We always aim to help our clients resolve family legal issues in a genial manner, but when that isn’t possible, you can rest easy knowing that we will fight hard for your rights in court. 

If you hire our team, we do everything in our power to help you seek the resolution you deserve. You can read more about our legal philosophy here.

Steven J. Mandel is one of the most qualified and decorated family law attorneys in the United States. He has been selected as a “Top 100 Lawyer in the United States” and a “Super Lawyer.” He received a 10.0 rating from Avvo, as well as an “AV Preeminent Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell. He is also a member of the Matrimonial Section of the American Bar Association.

What We Do

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At The Mandel Law Firm, our attorneys have extensive experience helping New Yorkers with a variety of family law issues, including:
Divorce

Whether you are pursuing a basic no-fault divorce or are going through a contested divorce, having an attorney to advocate for your interests can be incredibly beneficial. At The Mandel Law Firm, we have decades of experience helping clients with:

  • Complex high net worth divorce
  • Contested divorce
  • Lightning fast no-fault divorce
  • Division of marital assets
  • Annulments
  • Post-divorce disputes
  • Settlement & separation agreements

Pursuing a divorce can be an emotional and sometimes contentious legal affair. Without competent legal representation, you could walk away from your divorce with an unfair deal. At The Mandel Law Firm, our lawyers are dedicated to protecting our clients’ parenting and property rights, resolving conflict, walking you through every step of the process, and even helping you prepare for life after your marriage ends. While we believe in negotiation, we are also willing to fight your corner in court when disputes arise. You can trust us to be candid and realistic with you about your needs and goals.

Child Custody and Visitation

Our New York child custody and visitation lawyers all have children, so we understand the importance of putting a child’s best interests first when creating a custody arrangement and visitation schedule. We have helped clients with various custody and visitation-related issues in the past, including:

  • Helping parents obtain custody and/or visitation of their children
  • Grandparent & non-biological parent visitation rights
  • Parental relocation requests & abductions
  • International family law & Hague Convention cases
  • Pet custody matters

At The Mandel Law Firm, our primary focus is always on the child when it comes to custody and visitation matters. Whether you are seeking to establish, modify, or enforce a custody or visitation arrangement, our attorneys have a strong reputation for helping our clients achieve a desirable outcome.

Family Law

Going through a divorce can be emotionally and mentally exhausting, especially when a couple disagrees on fundamental issues like property division and alimony. The New York family law attorneys at The Mandel Law Firm can advise you on a broad range of family legal matters, and act as your support system even as your marriage ends. We can help with issues such as:

  • Spousal support
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Immigration for family members and fiancees
  • Impact of divorce on immigration status
  • Family law for military families
  • Non-traditional adoptions

At The Mandel Law Firm, we understand that family legal issues are sensitive. That’s why we are fiercely committed to ensuring that each of our clients gets the personalized service they deserve, and to that end we take time to understand your family situation and your personal needs.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious issue, and at The Mandel Law Firm, we advocate for victims of domestic assault, as well as individuals who have been wrongly accused of committing domestic violence. We can help with:

  • Orders of protection
  • Defending against false allegations of abuse in divorce or family-related actions
  • Child abuse, neglect & removal proceedings

If you are a survivor of domestic violence, The Mandel Law Firm will work tirelessly to help you seek the temporary legal protection you need while working toward a long-term resolution in your case. If you were wrongly accused of domestic assault, we will work hard to help you fight the allegations lodged against you and protect you from criminal and civil consequences.

Gay and Lesbian Family Law

As proud allies and supporters of LGBTQIA equality and same-sex marriage, queer, non-binary, and transgender individuals can trust our attorneys at The Mandel Law Firm to handle their cases with the utmost sensitivity and compassion. We have helped LGBTQ+ clients in New York with issues such as:

  • LGBTQ divorce
  • LGBTQ child custody issues
  • Non-biological parents’ rights
  • Second parent adoptions
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Wills, trusts, and estate matters
  • Name and ID changes for transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming individuals

Steven Mandel and The Mandel Law Firm have a strong reputation for their work in the field of same-sex marriage and same-sex divorce. While many attorneys in the New York area are friendly to LGBTQ+ folks, not all attorneys understand the queer community and their specific needs the way that Steven Mandel and his staff do.

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