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Jacqueline Newman

Managing Partner

Phone: 212-867-9123 Fax: 212-983-8526

jnewman@berkbot.com

Jacqueline Newman joined Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP in 1998 and is now the managing partner of the firm. Ms. Newman’s practice consists of litigation, collaborative law and mediation. She specializes in complex high net worth matrimonial cases and also in negotiating prenuptial agreements. Ms. Newman has taught the Collaborative Family Law class for The NY Association of Collaborative Professionals and the Center for Mediation in Law, as well as the Introduction of Matrimonial Law for Collaborative Divorce Professionals for the New York State Unified Court System. At Fordham University School of Law, she taught Family Law Practice with Barry Berkman. Ms. Newman is also a Lexis Nexis Practice Adviser and has drafted practice guides for matrimonial law.

Ms. Newman has appeared as an expert commentator on various television and radio shows and has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications, including Fox’s Business, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, The New York Times, Woman’s Day, Glamour, the New York Post, Reuters.com, Crain’s New York Business, U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider, Time.com, USA Today, Yahoo Parenting, Woman’s Day, CNBC.com and The Huffington Post.

These activities and her reputation for ethical standards and professional ability among her fellow lawyers have earned her the highest rating, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell.  Ms. Newman is also honored to be selected for inclusion in Thompson Reuters New York-Metro Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Attorneys since 2013 and was included in editions of New York City’s Best Lawyers since 2016.

Areas of practice

  • Divorce Litigation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Marital Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Paternity
  • Post-divorce Actions
  • Appeals

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a divorce take in New York?

The length of time between starting a divorce by filing a summons, and being legally divorced by the State of New York, depends largely on the cooperation (or lack thereof) between spouses. In theory, a divorce agreement can be drafted, signed, and submitted in a day. However, issues such as alimony, property, child support, and custody need to be determined before that agreement can be signed. Going to court, which may happen when spouses cannot agree on some issues, extends the process. Clients also need to take into account processing time of submitted papers. The fastest divorces can be finished entirely within 6 months, while the more complex or contentious ones can linger in the courts for years.

How is property divided during a divorce in New York?

New York is an equitable distribution state. However, note that “equitable” does not necessarily mean “equal.” The court takes many factors and variables into account when determining property and asset division. It is up to a skilled divorce lawyer to explain to a court why a certain division of property is “equitable” under the relevant law.

How does collaborative divorce work in New York?

Collaborative law is a process choice that should be seriously considered when contemplating a divorce. Under the collaborative process, the parties enter into an agreement stating that they will not go to Court while in the collaborative process. Now, the process is voluntary, so either spouse can decide they do not want to do it anymore and should they litigate, they can no longer use the same attorneys that they used in the collaborative process, and they need to start all over. With the assistance of collaborative divorce attorneys, spouses meet together with their collaborative law “teams,” which can include divorce coaches, financial neutrals and child specialists (if applicable). If a couple does not feel comfortable with the mediation process, I would recommend that they learn about the collaborative process as an option to consider before running to Court.

Should I sign a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement, or prenup, is a contract a couple signs before marriage. This contract details how property and assets will be divided in the event of a divorce. Although some people see them as “unromantic,” prenups do not carry the stigma that they once did. In fact, if done properly, I think a prenup can actually strengthen a marriage. Prenup negotiations can be an opportunity for people to learn to communicate about money and have productive conversations even when they do not agree. Prenups also can provide a sense of comfort and security to both people in that the spouse will know what the financial picture will look like in the event of a divorce or death. You should design your prenuptial contract with an eye to the future. Most prenups cover post-marital issues like division of property and spousal maintenance. These are essential issues, especially in high net worth marriages, when a person has children from another relationship, when someone owns a business, when someone actively manages his/her assets, and when someone wants to protect against ever-changing laws.

What’s considered a high net worth divorce?

There are no strict numbers when it comes to defining a high net worth divorce. That said, parties who have assets that reach into the multi-millions can safely consider themselves participants in a “high net worth divorce.” These types of divorces bring unique and complex challenges that must be handled carefully and creatively. Often in high-asset divorce, property division and alimony (called maintenance in New York) can become contentious. The concern for many high net worth couples is that many of their assets are illiquid and can be difficult to value and divide. In addition, compensation packages for business owners or company executives can be complex, and so it is important to work with an attorney who is familiar with these types of income streams. Experienced attorneys can help guide you through this process, consulting with financial experts and other professionals to ensure an equitable division assets and income.

How do I get divorced in New York without losing my financial stability?

Anyone who files for divorce, or who is even considering divorce, must remember it is important to financially protect yourself and your children. What this means is that you should start organizing your finances as soon as possible, even before starting a divorce action. Even before a divorce action is started, our attorneys can help you determine what’s separate property and what’s marital property – and if there’s a dispute, we will advocate for you outside or inside the courtroom.

 

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