The Law Office of Ellen B. Holtzman, Rockland County, New City, New York, 845-627-0127  



Ellen's Update on the Courts and COVID-19

I am pleased to let you know that our offices in New City remain open as we work to move your matrimonial and family law matters forward. We are still meeting with our current and prospective clients in person or virtually, as you prefer.

As a result of New York's improved metrics, revised protocols that allow for increased in-person proceedings in the Ninth Judicial District (that's us) have gone into effect. The "normal" remains mostly virtual for now, but in cases where access to justice and court operations require in-person proceedings, such as matrimonial and family law trials, the new protocols enable the courts to accommodate in-person appearances.

Court conferences (preliminary conferences, status conferences, compliance conferences and pre-trial conferences) remain for the most part virtual. I will update you as this situation evolves.

As we continue to observe the "new-normal" protocols, you can be confident that the mission of the New York courts — and of our law offices — remains unchanged: to deliver just and timely resolution of all matters and the best outcome for your situation.

If you are a current client, Christina, Meryl, Colette, and I continue to use email and the phones to keep you updated about your matter. Please call us if you have any questions or need to meet.

If you are a new or prospective client, please feel free to call the main number, 845-627-0127. Our offices have a 24/7 answering service. We respond to all calls.


18 Laurel Road (at the corner of Route 304)
New City, New York 10956

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Rockland's Top Divorce and Family Law Team

Rockland County New York Divorce Lawyer

Divorce is one of the most difficult experiences in the life of a man or woman, especially if a custody dispute is involved. Rockland County, New York divorce lawyer Ellen B. Holtzman's 30+ years of experience and her wealth of legal knowledge can't make your divorce painless, but her personal approach and the wisdom gained through experience can certainly make the process less difficult.

A Statewide Reputation in Family Law

Known and respected statewide, Ellen Holtzman is a Past President of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. Her cases range from relatively straightforward divorces to complex interstate custody, relocation actions, late-life divorces, grandparents rights, major asset distribution matters, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Contested and Uncontested Divorces

Ellen's reputation for results brings clients from all walks of life to her offices. Many professionals, including doctors, lawyers, accountants, business owners, and well-known authors and entertainers seek Ellen's help in protecting their rights and assets. Ellen also represents many salaried clients such as teachers, police officers, and others whose financial situations are different, but no less important to their futures.

A Successful New York Trial Lawyer on Your Side

Each case that comes to Ellen's office, whether complex or straightforward, has one thing in common: it receives the unwavering attention of Ellen and her extremely competent team. Ellen takes the time to understand all of her client's goals and concerns. If needed, she calls on leading consultants, including mental health experts to address custody issues, and appraisers and forensic accountants to identify hidden assets. Ellen B. Holtzman has a record of success in litigation.

Role as a Divorce Arbitrator

Sometimes couples and their attorneys who are unable to negotiate all or part of a settlement decide to take the dispute to an arbitrator rather than a judge. The parties agree in advance to comply with the arbitrator's decision. Their respective attorneys then designate a third party, someone with deep knowledge and experience in the law and the ability to listen with a fair and open mind to the testimony presented by both parties. Of course, the most important qualities that attorneys want in the arbitrator are sound judgment and absolute judicial impartiality. There are various reasons for preferring divorce arbitration. The process is private, unlike the courts, which are open to the public. Any evidence, including financial documents and documentation prepared by professionals, such as forensic accountants or child therapists, is not available to anyone outside the process. Unlike a court case, arbitrations do not continue for months or years. Ellen B. Holtzman is an experienced matrimonial arbitrator. In that role, she has resolved a number of complex divorces. The attorneys who have called on her to arbitrate their cases respect Ellen's stature in the legal community as well as her extensive knowledge, her wisdom, and her ability to reach a fair and neutral decision after hearing the evidence.

Service to the Profession and the People of New York

In addition to her thriving family law practice, Ellen is Director of Legal Education for the Washington Square Institute, an innovative interdisciplinary Family Law and Family Forensics Training Program for attorneys, judges, and mental health professionals. She recently moderated a distinguished panel of international experts on the issues of relocation, parental alienation, and parental child abduction. She is a sought-after speaker on all aspects of child custody and the best interest of the child, the standard upon which all child custody determinations are made. Ellen is actively involved in advancing her profession. To help the Center for Safety and Change, she mentors new attorneys in representing victims of domestic abuse in matrimonial actions. Ellen B. Holtzman also serves the people of New York as a Commissioner on the New York State Legislative Ethics Commission.

Responsive Personal Attention

Ellen Holtzman's clients speak of her compassion and the courtesy and respect with which she treats them. They say Ellen never has to raise her voice to get them what they want. That is because Ellen B. Holtzman is a strong and successful negotiator and, when necessary, a strong and effective litigator. Ellen and Meryl are also trained and experienced in Collaborative Divorce Law. Collaborative Divorce Law is an innovative and increasingly popular way of getting divorced through negotiation and compromise. At the Law Office of Ellen B. Holtzman, Ellen and her dynamic Associate Christina are also available to review and consult with clients who have chosen mediation.

Get The Facts You Need

Whether you are just beginning to think about divorce or have definitely made up your mind, you should get the facts you need to know for your particular situation. To set up a confidential consultation, call the Law Office of Ellen B. Holtzman at (845) 627-0127.