The purpose of this Section shall be to bring together, for the furtherance of their mutual interests, and the public interest, members of the New York State Bar Association who are concerned about matrimonial and family law.

The Family Law Section, alone or in cooperation with other sections and committees of the New York State Bar Association, or in conjunction with other bar associations or organizations, shall:

  • Plan, coordinate and conduct continuing legal education programs;
  • Publish a Family Law Review and distribute it to Section members;
  • Provide a forum through which matrimonial and family law practitioners may cooperate with, encourage and assist each other in the resolution of problems and practice issues;
  • Enhance the skills and competency of New York attorneys practicing matrimonial and family law;
  • Formulate professional opinion in the areas of matrimonial and family law;
  • Review legislative and administrative proposals, rules and statutory changes and, where appropriate, initiate legislation and legal reforms in the areas of matrimonial and family law;
  • Serve as a resource to civic, governmental and public organizations in matters affecting matrimonial and family law;
  • Undertake all such other activities as may be authorized, from time to time, by the Executive Committee of the Section for the purpose of accomplishing the foregoing goals.


Meet the Chair

Rosalia Baiamonte of Gassman Baiamonte Gruner, located in Garden City, who practices primarily matrimonial and family law, is the new chair of the Family Law Section.

Baiamonte also serves as a co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, a position she has held since 2014, as well as program co-chair of the Section’s Annual and Summer Meetings and Sponsorships. In 2017, Baiamonte was installed as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter.  She is also a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.

Since 1994, Ms. Baiamonte has been and remains an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association.  She served on the Executive Committee of the Matrimonial Law Committee since July 2009; and she is the immediate past Chair of the Matrimonial Law Committee, serving a 2-year term July 2015 – June 2017.  In June 2014, she received The Richard J. Keidel Memorial Award in recognition of her contributions as a skilled advocate, leader and her professionalism in the practice of Matrimonial Law.

Baiamonte is a graduate of Brandeis University and Syracuse University College of Law.

Contact the Family Law Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Lisa Bataille
(518) 487-5680

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Family Law Review

The Family Law Review features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of family law on various topics including divorce, equitable distribution, prenuptial agreements, child custody and adoption. Also featured are Selected Cases and Recent Legislation, Decisions, and Trends. Edited by Lee Rosenberg, Esq., the Family Law Review is published by the Family Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

The Family Law Review is published as a benefit for members of the Family Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission. © New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 0149-1431 (print) ISSN 1933-8430 (online)

The Family Law Review encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise in such areas as divorce, equitable distribution, prenuptial agreements, child custody and adoption. Readers are also invited to submit decisions of general interest that have not been published elsewhere.

MCLE credit may also be earned for legal-based writing directed to an attorney audience upon application to the CLE Board. NYSBA Guidelines for Obtaining MCLE Credit for Writing as well as a Publication Credit Application are available.

If you have written an article and would like to have it considered for publication in the Family Law Review, please send it in electronic document format (pdfs are NOT acceptable), along with biographical information to its Editor:

Lee Rosenberg, Esq.




Fellowship Program

The Family Law Section is committed to increasing the diversity of its membership in both personal diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and geographic location, and professional diversity such as type of practice and area of practice.


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