A Singular Focus On Family Law

The Law Offices of David Bliven opened its doors in 2000 with the intention of helping individuals and their families when they most need legal help. Ever since, we have remained true to our aim.

We have made family law our singular focus. Our firm possesses a thorough understanding of the law, a thorough understanding of the court system, and a thorough understanding of how best to help our clients achieve their legal goals.

A Legacy Of Service Throughout New York

Whether entering divorce proceedings or negotiating child visitation schedules, our firm has the resources and the knowledge to assist. Some couples can settle matters easily and need a lawyer only to handle technical documents. Others, however, find themselves in need of comprehensive legal help to protect their interests and their relationships. In all concerns, we work closely with our clients and tailor our representation to fit their needs.

Serving in White Plains and the Bronx, we provide guidance for a range of family law considerations, including:

  • Divorce
  • Alimony/maintenance
  • Same-sex family law
  • Child custody and support
  • Grandparents' rights
  • Adoption and foster care
  • Domestic abuse

Who We Are

David Bliven

Attorney David Bliven graduated with honors from Syracuse University in 1993 with a B.A. in Sociology. He went on to serve as a judicial intern and statistician with the NYS Commission on City Court Judicial Reallocation with the Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge.

David Bliven then attended law school at New York Law School, where he graduated in 1997 with honors and ranked within the top 15% of his class.

He then worked in private practice for a year, doing mostly matrimonial work, before serving as a prosecutor for nearly 3 years with the NYC Administration for Children's Services. There he prosecuted child support, child abuse/neglect and foster care cases on behalf of the City of New York.

After leaving the prosecutor position, Mr. Bliven opened his present practice in 2000. His philosophy is to provide quality legal representation at affordable prices. His practice is approximately 99% divorce & Family Court cases, along with 1-2% police/governmental misconduct cases.

Mr Bliven has an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell (the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards), a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo ("Superb" rating) and is listed in the "Super Lawyers" directory by Thompson Reuters (a distinction given to less than 5% of all attorneys in each field of practice). Mr Bliven also authors "Cases That Help" - an annual caselaw newsletter distributed to Family Court Assigned Counsel panels throughout the State of New York.

A sampling of the Continuing Legal Education courses Mr Bliven has taken is below (a complete list can be provided):

  • How to Prepare Your Divorce Case: For Trial or Settlement;
  • How to Handle a Custody Trial;
  • Matrimonial Trial Institute,
  • Handling Support and Family Offense Proceedings in Family Court;
  • How to Handle a Matrimonial Case from Start to Finish;
  • A Matrimonial Motion Practice Odyssey;
  • How to Try Your Divorce Case: Grounds, Equitable Distribution, Support;
  • The Use of Mental Health Professionals in Contested Child Custody Cases;
  • How to Analyze and Challenge Custody Evaluations;
  • Drafting Settlement Agreements – Life Insurance and Estate Provisions, Common Mistakes We All Make and Pitfalls to Avoid;
  • Divorce Economics Institute: Review & Analysis of Selected Financial Issues;
  • Negotiating & Drafting Matrimonial Agreements;
  • Cutting Edge Matrimonial Issues: The Money, The Children and Separate Property;
  • Analyzing an Equitable Distribution Action for Settlement and Trial;
  • Handling a Child Custody Case From Intake to Trial;
  • Courtroom Evidence;
  • Family Court Trial Institute.


Kadubel Bonilla-Neris works as a legal assistant with the firm. She graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in May, 2012 with a degree in International Criminal Justice and minor in Economics. She has over four years of experience as a legal assistant. Her primary responsibilities are client intake and follow-up, administrative tasks and document preparation.

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An Attorney Who Will Provide Legal Support To Your Family

If you would like to learn more, please reach out to our office. You can call us at 914-368-7580 or schedule an appointment online. We offer initial assessments and can arrange full consultations at your convenience.