Our attorneys Diana Adams and Andy Izenson are internationally-known leaders in the field of family formation for LGBTQ+ and non-nuclear families. Both attorneys have advanced training in mediation, collaborative law, trauma-informed practice, and restorative justice facilitation. Diana and Andy are also prominent divorce and custody attorneys, practicing mediation and collaborative law to deescalate even the most complex cases and keep families out of court.
Our practice areas include:
Known sperm donor and egg donor agreements, and gestational surrogacy.
Securing parental rights for non-biological parents through second-parent adoption or Judgment of Parentage, and agency adoptions.
Our Senior Associate Attorney Andy Izenson is a leading educator for other attorneys on transgender cultural competency and legal service, and we are honored to support these communities.
Facilitated discussion to design families with intention and create a personalized legal agreement, essential for platonic co-parents, multi-parent families, or polyamorous families who plan to share finances or child-rearing.
Many lawyers draft combative Prenuptial agreements intended to benefit their client most in divorce, that cause tension for a couple right before a marriage. Our approach is to facilitate a prenup discussion that helps prevent divorce and plan for a positive marriage, by getting on the same page about whether and how you intend to share finances and financial interdependence, and discussing which of the default marriage laws suit your partnership and of which you would prefer to opt out.
We innovated estate planning and advance medical directive documents to support our LGBTQ, transgender and gender non-conforming, non-nuclear family, and polyamorous clients. All parents of children under 18 need a Will to declare guardianship, and Wills are essential documents to state your intentions for sharing your assets with loved ones, as well as your requests for treatment of your body and funeral. Our advanced medical directives are essential for our transgender clients, and also for anyone in an unmarried or polyamorous partnership. We make this comprehensive set of documents affordable at a flat rate because they are so essential. See our page on Will and Estate Documents HERE.
We offer a flat fee for preparation and filing if no children, no property to divide, & both parties are willing to cooperate.
If you’re looking for an aggressive lawyer to punish your ex, unfortunately, there are many divorce lawyers available to foment discord and rack up billable hours at your expense. If instead you hope for a peaceful resolution without litigation, we are here to support you. Our lawyers are experienced mediators and have additional training in collaborative practice, with mental health professionals and financial specialists if needed, to de-escalate even the most complex cases, with the goal of an amicable settlement without court intervention. Both Diana and Andy are active members in LGBTQI Family Professionals of NY, a practice group of experienced LGBTQIA collaborative professionals who are available to work as a team to support families in transition.
Both Diana and Andy are experienced in divorce, child custody, and child support litigation, and will take these cases (or co-counsel on cases) in exceptional circumstances relevant to our experience, such as cases in which a parent’s consensually non-monogamous or consensual adult sexuality is being used against them in a child custody case. Our principal attorney Diana Adams has argued many of these cases successfully to defend these parents, and consulted on these cases nationwide. We are also available to support in cases in which a parent is being attacked for supporting their child in being LGBTQIA.
Both Diana and Andy educate other attorneys about supporting clients through trauma as well as issues in intimate partner violence and abuse. In particular, Diana Adams has 20 years experience supporting clients who have been affected by intimate partner violence. We work comprehensively through legal and extralegal avenues, including Orders of Protection, divorce and attendant work, safety planning, and strong connection to New York City's survivor resources and services, to give our clients the support they need. As well as extensive legal background in this area, Diana has also been a rape and domestic violence crisis counselor and a self-defense/empowerment educator and coach. See their bio for more information.