Garden City, NY (PRWEB) March 26, 2009
In the difficult world of family and matrimonial law experience helps to guide attorneys and provides them with a clearer lens in which to view the endlessly unique situations that come with matrimonial and family law cases. The Law Offices of Sari M. Friedman has reached an important experience milestone this month as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Friedman's own legal history goes back 25 years. Friedman obtained her BA in 1977 from Hofstra University, then she "graduated Hofstra Law School with honors as a member of the law review in 1980," she said, "I then went to work at the Appellate Division, second judicial dept., in Brooklyn as a law clerk."
Four years later Friedman went into private practice, concentrating on matrimonial and family law. In 1989 she opened The Law Offices of Sari M. Friedman in Garden City.
"My firm concentrates on matrimonial and family law. We serve Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City as well as Westchester County," she said.
Friedman says that she's seen certain changes in matrimonial law during her career. "The main change I see is the evolution of shared parenting and greater involvement of fathers after a divorce," she said. This is an important issue to Friedman, who said "43 states in the U.S. have shared custody requirements, and New York is not one of these. In fact, joint custody is only awarded if both parents agree upon this. It is an unfortunate fact that many times parents do not agree to joint custody." Friedman has been a driving force behind the Father's Rights Association of New York State for 20 years.
The current economic climate is thought to have curbed the number of divorces due to cost but Friedman says that only a small percentage of people will delay their decision due to the economy and most people won't.
A major change Friedman has seen has to do with gender issues in divorce cases. "I would like to see the continuing evolution of decisions based on fairness rather than gender bias," she said, " I think when we get to a point of having gay divorces it will start to affect decisions being made more on merit and fairness rather than gender."
Ultimately, her experiences have given her the gift of perspective: "I think during a divorce people should realize they will not get everything they want and be prepared to compromise."
Besides providing excellent service to her clients, Friedman lectures for Marino/Bar Bri continuing legal education seminars for attorneys. She has also written and published numerous articles on family law matters. Additionally, Friedman has been interviewed on radio and television involving matters dealing with divorce, visitation, child custody and child support.