Maria Bio PhotoMaria Schwartz is a divorce and family law attorney with over eighteen years of experience in transitioning men and women from marriage to divorce.  She began her practice immediately upon graduation from law school and admission to the New York State Bar.  Electing to “hang a shingle” for herself, she immediately went into the trenches of divorce where she singlehandedly dealt with the demands of a growing practice, fragile clients, and tough adversaries.

Intricate knowledge of divorce and family law coupled with handling hundreds of cases is the the key to her successful and effective advocacy for her clients.  Divorced herself, she has the unique understanding of the process from both the personal and professional perspective.

Having gone into solo private practice immediately upon graduation from law school and admission to the bar, her experience and training has been direct and “hands on” at every level from the initial client meeting to negotiation of a settlement agreement or trial.  She has practiced in nearly every courthouse in the metropolitan area, successfully handling and dealing with all aspects and complexities of contested divorces, including trials and appeals.

Ms. Schwartz attended Hofstra University School of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 1995.  During her course of study there she worked as a Research Assistant on materials for the now mandated, Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness (“PEACE”) Program, including the complete translation of the parent handbook into Spanish.  Her work on the cultural considerations of the PEACE program to the Latino Community was published in the Family &  Conciliation Courts Review.  She subsequently taught there as a Special Professor of Law for nine (9) years teaching negotiation skills.

Ms. Schwartz  has lectured on various matrimonial topics at local and State levels, including trial techniques demonstration.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Women’s New York State Bar Association, and Nassau County Bar Association, including its Matrimonial Committee.  She is also a member of the New York Family Law Inns of Court.

She is a regular contributor on and is currently working on a book which chronicles the trials and tribulations of divorce for both men and women.

Her approach to divorce and clients is straight-up and no-nonsense and is best exhibited through her thoughts, reflections and advice on divorce on her blog:
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