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Family Law

Family law covers a broad range of legal issues affecting couples and families, whether married or unmarried, with or without children, and even, couples who are about to get married.

Common family law issues include:

  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Divorce
  • Custody of minor children
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Modification of child custody arrangements
  • Orders of Protection
  • Division of marital assets
  • Distribution of pensions and other retirement assets
  • Enforcement of existing agreements and court orders

The issues are not only legal, but also very personal and emotional, especially where the well-being of children is a concern

There are many options available to families in conflict, including:

*The Collaborative Process and

When a couple is separating, they often find it difficult to work together for the best resolution.  Despite this difficulty, an experienced attorney can assist their client in resolving issues without going to court; and if an amicable resolution cannot be reached, an experienced attorney can help their client find relief through the court system.

You have the right to make an educated decision about how your family disputes can be addressed.  It is important for you to choose an attorney who is willing to listen to your concerns, and to take your values into account when exploring the many options available to you.

Diana Bangert-Drowns has had over 30 years experience in the practice of law.   She has assisted clients in Albany and throughout New York’s Capital Region with legal issues affecting their families.  Diana understands how difficult it can be to make decisions when your family’s well-being hangs in the balance.  To speak to her about your family law issues or to schedule a free consultation, contact her at 518-432-1243.


Data shows that approximately one-half of first marriages end in divorce. The statistics are even more daunting for second and third marriages, with up to three quarters of those marriages failing. Though many divorces are bitter and destructive, it is possible to end a marriage with dignity, and where there are children, to restructure the family in a way that is best for everyone.