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Elliot  J. Wiener


Matrimonial & Family Law
Private Client Services


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D.
  • Boston University, B.A., magna cum laude


  • New York
  • District of Columbia
Elliot J. Wiener
Tel: (212) 841-0726
Fax: (212) 262-5152
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Elliot J. Wiener Chairs the firm's New York Matrimonial & Family Law Department.  A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers with more than 40 years of experience practicing family law, he concentrates his practice in the areas of matrimonial and family law including divorce, custody/visitation, support, and related matters.  He has a particular interest in child custody and visitation issues and in trial work.

Mr. Wiener is also a trained mediator and has been selected by other matrimonial attorneys to act as the mediator and the Neutral Evaluator in numerous cases in New York County.  He is also trained in collaborative law.  Mr. Wiener has a broad range of experience in family law having been the attorney for hundreds of children in proceedings which span the entire range of family law.  He has also successfully defended parents falsely accused of “shaken baby syndrome”. 

Speaking Engagements

  • Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law (numerous)
  • Westchester County Bar Association’s Domestic Relations and Family Law Section, presentation on “The Spectrum of Parental Alienation and Estrangement: Challenges for Mental Health Professionals, Attorneys and the Court” (May 2006)
  • New York State Judicial Institute presentation on “Parental Alienation” (2007)
  • New York State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education program, "Matrimonial Law: New Legislation, Counsel Fees, Relocation and Ethics," (2010)

Representative Sampling of Published Articles

  • "The Separate Property Credit in Divorce Actions" (New York Law Journal, Matrimonial Law Special Report, July 31, 2017)
  • "Conflict-Ridden Homes, Harm to Children, and Reform of DRL 234" (Family News & Views, a publication of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts/AFCC-New York, 2017 Volume 2, Issue 1)
  • "The Impact of Internet Pornography Use and Cybersexual Behavior on Child Custody and Visitation" (Journal of Child Custody, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2013)
  • "Collecting Support from a Payor Who Has Filed Under Chapter 11"  (The Matrimonial Strategist ALM Law Journal Newsletter, November 2007)
  • "Court-Ordered Psychotherapy In Custody Disputes: Do parties benefit when they are forced to participate?"  (New York Law Journal, Matrimonial Law Special Section, July 30, 2007)
  • "Reforming the Language Of 'Custody' Law: Let's remove that term as well as 'visitation'"  (New York Law Journal, Matrimonial Special Section, August 7, 2006)
  • "Our Dual System To Modify Child Support"  (New York Law Journal, Matrimonial Special Section, June 6, 2005)
  • "Unconscionable Separation Agreements in New York" (New York State Bar Association Family Law Review, June 1999)

Peer Review Rating

AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Member)
  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section; Member, Executive Committee)
  • New York County Lawyers' Assn. (Co-Chair, Matrimonial Law Section)
  • New York College of Matrimonial Trial Attorneys (Faculty Member)
  • FamilyKind Ltd. (Chair, Board of Directors)
  • Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law (Immediate Past Co-Chair)
  • The Matrimonial Strategist, ALM Law Journal Newsletter (Member, Board of Editors)


  • The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Family Law (2010 - 2024)
  • Super Lawyers® - New York Metro Edition (Family Law), (2006 - 2023)
  • Selected as one of "Ten Leaders" in Matrimonial & Divorce Law in the New York City (Manhattan) region