Divorce and Family Law

The Bousquet Holstein PLLC divorce and family law team seeks to distinguish itself by finding solutions that best meet the needs of each client.  Whether those needs are best met through Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, negotiations under traditional divorce concepts, the use of Collaborative Law in seeking a divorce, or traditional trial methods, we tailor our process and seek creative solutions to each person’s individual divorcing needs.

Bousquet Holstein PLLC Divorce and Family Law team
Our Divorce and Family Law Team: (Front L-R) Bridget McHale, Rosemary Lepiane, Sharon McAuliffe (Back L-R) Ryan Suser, Cameron Bernard, Steven Paquette
Not pictured: Jonathan A. Orkin and Laura T. Hedge (Ithaca Office)

During this emotionally charged time, areas outside the divorce law field often require a simultaneous resolution.  Our divorce law team has expertise in many areas that require resolution in solving “simple divorces” and more complex divorce actions.  Some issues in more sophisticated cases include:

  • Asset valuation
  • Tracing of assets
  • Valuing closely held businesses
  • Executive compensation and benefit plans
  • Tax planning
  • Complex support arrangements

Divorce and Family Law Experience

The firm’s breadth of experience and resources in areas relating to divorce and family law include: employee benefits, trusts and estate, tax planning and advocacy, business transactions, bankruptcy, and other substantive areas allow us to provide a comprehensive set of options to our divorcing clients.

Matters requiring resolution in both “simple divorce” and more complex divorces commonly include:

  • Custody
  • Parenting time
  • Support
  • Alimony
  • A fair division of property
  • A fair division of debt
  • Planning for college costs
  • Keeping or selling the marital residence
  • Dividing pensions and retirement plans
  • Life insurance and estate planning
  • Child care
  • Medical expenses
  • Special needs children

Retirement assets are the largest asset that must be divided in divorce actions. Many practitioners are overwhelmed by the vast body of law and regulations, as well as individual plan rules regarding the division of retirement plan assets. The QDRO attorneys at Bousquet Holstein PLLC will provide you with a toolbox for negotiating the division of retirement plan assets and to address the division of those assets.

Complex Matrimonial Litigation

  • Evaluating and resolving disputes concerning child custody and support, spousal maintenance (alimony), and the equitable distribution / division of all marital assets and debt.
  • Often with the assistance of expert consultants / witnesses, identifying and valuing businesses and other complex assets;
  • Engaging in complex discovery to identify and distribute marital debts and assets;
  • Obtaining excellent results for our client after trial or as part of a negotiated settlement outside of court.

Collaborative Law And Mediation

  • Collaborative Divorce offers the coordinated services of legal, mental health, and financial professionals working together as a team to help couples going through a divorce.
  • Everything conducted in the meetings is private and in a non-confrontational setting where your team of professionals will only suggest options, solutions, and compromises to assist.
  • Mediation resolves divorces entirely through settlements negotiated with a mediator alone, or with the assistance of attorneys , family law “facilitators” and occasionally other expert professionals;
  • Avoiding litigation and resolving matters in a non-adversarial environment.
  • Our trained attorneys do not represent either party in a mediation – they are a neutral to both you and your spouse and as such will not provide direct legal advice to either party within a mediation.

Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements

  • Often with the assistance of expert consultants, negotiating the rights and obligations of the parties in the event of a divorce, with respect to some or all of the issues which may arrive in a divorce action;
  • Agreements may be reached before or after the marriage.

Jurisdictional / UCCJEA Litigation

  • Litigating, at the trial and appellate level, custody disputes involving parents in different states / countries;
  • Special focus on personal jurisdiction / Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act / parental kidnapping disputes.

LBGT / Non-Traditional Custody And Divorce Proceedings

  • Focusing all of our services towards the unique circumstances facing LGBT / Non-traditional families;
  • Litigating, at the trial and appellate level, contested custody disputes on behalf of non-biological parents;
  • Advising and consulting with LGBT / Non-traditional families in family / estate planning to avoid future conflicts.


  • Obtaining relief and sanctions resulting from failure to transfer assets pursuant to divorce / family court decrees;
  • Pursuing new actions in the Family Court for violations of child support and child custody orders or agreements.

Your divorce law team stands ready to meet your needs in uncontested divorces, typical divorces, and also in the most complex of divorce matters.

Types of Divorce and Family Law work we do:

  • Enforcement
  • Jurisictional/UCCJEA Litigation
  • LGBT/Non-Traditional Custody and Divorce Proceedings
  • Matrimonial Litigation
  • Matrimonial Negotation
  • Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements