LEARN ABOUT OUR TEAM AND OUR APPROACH
The Miller Law Group is not a typical family law, divorce, or business law firm. While many other firms focus on litigation, attempting to obtain results for their clients through aggressive litigation tactics, we understand and respect the emotional complexity of divorce and other family law disputes. We focus on the humanity of our clients, treating every individual who walks through our door as a person—not a case file. We believe in using collaboration and conversation to reach results that are fair for all parties involved in a range of family law matters.
We help our clients resolve disputes related to issues such as:
- Child custody issues and the creation of parenting plans
- Child support and alimony issues
- Visitation rights
- Distribution of marital property
Meet Our Team
I developed a unique perspective in the practice of family law while litigating family law cases and working through my own divorce. Traditional divorce encourages resentment between spouses. My experience with non-traditional divorce gives me the ability to provide my clients with support and compassion they need to work through their legal issues. I think outside-the-box to achieve positive results for my clients and their families—solutions that work over the long-term.
Collaborative Practice and mediation are the focus of my work because I believe these processes provide lasting solutions. Because both parties agree to the terms of the settlement, the rates of compliance are much higher in the long run. Many of the techniques I have learned to work with and the conflict experience I have in divorce and family situations are transferable to non-family conflicts and I have opened my practice to include other types of disputes.
Sarah Hechtman has practiced matrimonial and family law for over a decade and is a trained collaborative lawyer and family mediator. She has handled complex divorce cases involving substantial financial assets as well as highly contested child custody cases. Sarah has tried divorce and child custody cases in both the Supreme and Family Courts of New York State. Having witnessed the damage that the court system can do to families, she is committed to helping clients resolve their family disputes without the need for such intervention.
Before practicing family law, Sarah worked as a civil rights lawyer prosecuting class action cases on behalf of children, both at Children’s Rights (representing children in foster care) and at Advocates for Children of New York (seeking educational services for New York City public school students). She also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she was a member of the Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes Units. Additionally, Sarah has worked as a consultant on policy matters to the New York City Department of Education.
Sarah’s interest in the welfare of children is what led her to train in alternative methods of resolving family law disputes. She was trained in mediation at the Center for Family and Divorce Mediation in 2003 and in Collaborative Law in 2006.
Inspired by the humane principles of mediation and collaborative law, Ivan Alter guides clients through difficult family law issues in ways that rebuild respect and place children first. As a former litigator, Ivan has witnessed the tremendous costs—both personal and financial—of divorces fought in the courtroom. In his practice Ivan helps clients find solutions that spare them and their families from the destructive consequences of acrimonious divorce.
Ivan understands the feelings of anger, hurt and uncertainty that arise when a marriage breaks down. He counsels his clients with compassion as they work through these emotions and make sound decisions for the future. Ivan employs his extensive experience in litigation to offer clients a real-world assessment of the potential impact of a court proceeding so they can make informed choices. Helping clients understand their options, he works with clients to develop creative solutions to reach their goals that might not be possible in the court system.
CONTACT THE MILLER LAW GROUP
Contact our law office in New Rochelle, New York, by calling (914) 738-7765 for a confidential consultation about your divorce or other family law matter. Attorneys at our New Rochelle office serve clients throughout Westchester. We also have Manhattan offices that serve clients in New York City.