New York Family Law Attorney

Expertise You Can Trust: Comprehensive Family Law Services in NYC, White Plains, and Southwestern Connecticut

Family holds a special place in our hearts. When challenges arise, you deserve the support of a trusted New York family law attorney.

At the Douglas Family Law Group, we comprehend the gravity of domestic situations, particularly those involving children. Our aim? To bring you peace and resolution in the most efficient manner.

Why Choose Douglas Family Law Group?

  • No-Obligation Consultation: Begin your journey with clarity and confidence.
  • Over a Decade of Experience: Trust in our decade-long legacy of navigating family law.
  • 24/7 Availability: We’re here for you, any hour, any day, ensuring your concerns are addressed promptly.

Reach out to our White Plains, NY office today at 914-615-9058.

Let the Douglas Family Law Group guide you through the complexities, ensuring your best interests remain at the forefront.

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Douglas Family Law Group

Family Law Services

In the realm of family law, each challenge is as unique as the family it impacts. At the Douglas Family Law Group, we bring a comprehensive suite of services tailored to address the nuanced and deeply personal matters families face.

From the intricacies of child custody to the detailed considerations in high-net-worth divorces, our dedicated team stands ready to guide you with expertise and compassion. Explore our specialized services designed to safeguard your interests and uphold the well-being of all involved.

Child Custody

Navigating child custody cases in New York can be emotionally challenging. At the core of these family law matters is the well-being of your child or children.

The family court system in New York City and throughout the state places a high emphasis on determining what’s in the best interest of the child.

Whether you’re seeking joint custody, fighting for the role of the custodial parent, or addressing the rights of the non-custodial parent, our experienced family law attorneys provide compassionate guidance.

With our deep understanding of the family court and the intricacies of child custody cases, we aim to ensure that your child’s welfare and your parental rights are protected.

Child Support

Child support is a critical aspect of ensuring the financial well-being of a child post-separation or divorce.

In New York, the calculation and enforcement of child support are rooted in specific guidelines set by the family court.

Whether you’re the receiving parent or the one making the payments, understanding these guidelines is vital.

Our family law firm specializes in both establishing child support orders and addressing modifications when circumstances change. By leveraging our vast experience with family issues and the New York family court system, we can guide you through the process, ensuring your child receives the support they deserve and safeguarding the financial interests of both parties.

Cohabitation Agreements

Living together without the formal bond of marriage is becoming increasingly common in New York.

However, even without marriage, couples might still face family law issues.

A cohabitation agreement can safeguard both parties, outlining financial and property rights and addressing potential disputes.

At our law firm, we recognize the importance of clarity in these arrangements. Our adept family law attorneys will help you draft and review cohabitation agreements, ensuring both partners are protected and that all stipulations align with New York state laws.

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Taking the steps to end a marriage is never easy. Divorce encompasses a range of family law matters, each demanding its own unique considerations.

Equitable Distribution

In New York, asset division during a divorce is based on the principle of equitable distribution. This doesn’t necessarily mean a 50-50 split, but rather a fair division based on various factors. Our experienced family law lawyers can help guide you through the process, ensuring that assets and debts are divided justly.

High-Net-Worth Divorce

Divorces involving significant assets require specialized expertise. New York City is home to many high-net-worth individuals, and our team is adept at handling the intricacies of such divorces. From complex property divisions to spousal support considerations, we ensure your financial interests are expertly represented.

Post-Judgment Modifications

Life changes, and so can the circumstances of your divorce decree. Whether it’s child support, spousal support, or custody cases, our team is here to help with any necessary modifications, ensuring they align with New York’s legal guidelines.

Prenuptial Agreements

Starting a marriage with clarity can prevent complications down the line. Our family lawyer experts can draft, review, or enforce prenuptial agreements, safeguarding both parties’ interests.

Spousal Support & Maintenance

Spousal support, often referred to as alimony or spousal maintenance, can be a contentious issue in divorces. Our firm’s in-depth understanding of New York regulations helps clients achieve fair and sustainable support agreements.

Uncontested Divorce

For couples who mutually agree on all divorce-related issues, an uncontested divorce is a swift and less adversarial option. We facilitate smooth transitions, handling all family law matters with utmost discretion and efficiency.

Parenting Time Schedules

In the wake of a separation or divorce, ensuring consistent and nurturing interactions between children and both parents is vital. Parenting time schedules, commonly known as visitation schedules, play an essential role in this process in New York.

Our team at Douglas understands the emotional and logistical challenges these schedules can present. Our attorneys prioritize your child’s well-being, crafting schedules that are both fair and feasible.

Whether it’s a routine weekly schedule or special provisions for holidays, birthdays, and vacations, we tailor solutions that reflect your child’s best interests and accommodate the complexities of modern family life.


The journey to parenthood can take various paths, with surrogacy becoming an increasingly popular and viable option for many families in New York. However, the legal landscape of surrogacy is intricate, necessitating the guidance of seasoned lawyers.

Douglas Family Law Group is well-versed in the nuances of New York’s surrogacy regulations and the family court system. Whether you are an intended parent or a surrogate, our firm provides comprehensive legal support, ensuring all parties’ rights are protected and the process progresses smoothly.

From drafting surrogacy agreements to navigating parental rights and potential disputes, trust us to stand by your side, turning your dreams of parenthood into a reality.

Why Choose Douglas Family Law Group?

Expertise in High-Net-Worth Cases

High-net-worth cases come with their own set of intricacies and demands. It’s not merely about large sums of money or assets; it’s about understanding the layers of investments, business interests, property evaluations, and often, international considerations. Successfully navigating these cases requires an intricate blend of financial acumen, adept legal maneuvering, and an appreciation for discretion. Our team has honed their skills in these arenas, ensuring that each case is managed with the attention to detail it warrants.

Personalized Approach

No two cases are identical, and neither should be their legal strategies. At Douglas Family Law Group, we deeply believe in the importance of understanding our client’s unique situations and intricacies. It’s this understanding that allows us to craft a tailored approach for every individual we serve. From the initial consultation to the final resolution, our commitment is to ensure that our strategies are not just effective but also aligned with the personal and emotional nuances of each client’s journey. This personalized touch, combined with our steadfast dedication, sets us apart.

Client Testimonials

Excellent Attorney! I hired Ms. Douglas to review / negotiate a prenuptial agreement. She is very professional and knowledgeable; but more importantly she really cares about her clients. The service she provided was outstanding. Her work was timely and flawless. I would highly recommend Elizabeth Douglas.


Fantastic Attorney!! | My decision to hire Elizabeth was one of the best decision’s I have ever made. She was very accommodating to my needs. Elizabeth explained everything very well. The proceedings of my custody case went much better than I had even expected. I plan on using Elizabeth Douglas again and would highly recommend her. I can’t thank her enough.


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About Us

Elizabeth A. Douglas and her dedicated team have been expertly serving high-net-worth individuals in White Plains, New York, and its neighboring regions for decades. At Douglas Family Law Group, we delve deep to understand your family’s unique dynamics. Drawing from our extensive experience in New York, we craft a meticulous plan of action and personalize our legal approach to champion your interests. Our areas of expertise encompass child custody, child support, and visitation rights, as well as handling diverse divorce cases — whether through litigation, mediation, or uncontested divorce. Additionally, we adeptly manage pre-nuptial & post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements, ensuring that every facet of your concerns is addressed with precision and dedication.

Service Areas

White Plains / Westchester County, NY

Our law offices in Westchester County and White Plains have long been a pillar of support for families facing legal challenges. Handling a wide array of family law cases and family court cases, our dedicated team of lawyers provides meticulous and compassionate service. As trusted New York family lawyers, we are devoted to ensuring our clients in White Plains receive top-tier representation.

New York City

In the bustling heart of New York City, Douglas serves clients with unparalleled professionalism. NYC families often find themselves amidst complex legal landscapes, and our experienced lawyers are adept at navigating both family law cases and family court cases. We pride ourselves on being an anchor of legal expertise in the city’s dynamic environment.

Southwestern Connecticut

Expanding our reach beyond New York, our team diligently serves clients in southwestern Connecticut. We understand the unique challenges Connecticut families face and approach each case with a blend of local insight and vast legal experience. Our lawyers are committed to championing the rights and interests of our clients across state lines.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What factors do courts in New York consider when determining child custody?

In child custody cases, courts in New York primarily focus on the child’s best interests. They consider various factors such as each parent’s ability to care for the child, the child’s relationship with each parent, any history of abuse, and the child’s own wishes, depending on age and maturity.

How does “full custody” differ from “joint custody”?

Full custody implies that one parent has both legal and physical custody of the child, making them responsible for major decisions and day-to-day care. In contrast, joint custody means both parents share these responsibilities. The legal standard in New York for granting full custody typically involves demonstrating that such an arrangement is in the best interests of the child.

What are the advantages of an uncontested divorce in New York?

An uncontested divorce in New York is usually quicker, less expensive, and less emotionally taxing than a contested one. It means both parties agree on all major divorce matters, reducing the need for lengthy court proceedings.

How is a high net worth divorce different from a regular divorce?

A high net worth divorce involves substantial assets, often making property division more complex. There might be issues related to multiple properties, business valuations, international assets, and intricate financial portfolios. Given our extensive experience, we advise clients with significant assets to seek specialized legal guidance.

Can one attorney represent both spouses in a divorce?

While legally possible, it’s not advisable due to potential conflicts of interest. Each party should have their own attorney to ensure their interests are adequately represented in divorce matters.

I believe I have a high net worth, but my spouse managed our finances. How can I ensure a fair asset division?

It’s essential to have a thorough financial assessment. Our lawyers often collaborate with financial experts to trace and value assets, ensuring you receive a fair share, especially in New York’s equitable distribution framework.

How can I ensure the other parent isn’t relocating my child without consent?

New York State laws typically require the relocating parent to give notice and obtain either written consent from the other parent or approval from the court. If you suspect an unauthorized move, immediately consult with an attorney.

Is DNA testing mandatory in New York state child custody cases when paternity is in doubt?

While not always mandatory, DNA testing can be ordered by a New York court if there’s a legitimate question about paternity. This ensures decisions about custody and child support are made accurately.

Hire an Experienced Family Law Attorney Today

If you’re facing divorce or any related issues in New York, it’s crucial to secure seasoned legal guidance early on. The team at Douglas has stood by clients during some of the most trying moments of their lives, handling child custody, child support, pre-nuptial agreements, and more. We’re here to offer the same steadfast support to you.

Reach out at 914-615-9058 to arrange a no-obligation consultation with a dedicated attorney from our firm, deeply invested in addressing your needs.

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