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David I. Bliven

David I. Bliven

Family Law Attorney
(Bronx, NY)

Law Offices of David Bliven

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. He then attended New York Law School where he graduated in 1997 with honors and ranked within the top 15% of his class.

Upon graduation, he 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. While at ACS 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% governmental misconduct and administrative 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, and his articles have been published in the New York Law Journal.

David I. Bliven

Family Law Attorney
(Bronx, NY)

Law Offices of David Bliven


Navigating Your New York Divorce Case
Published Date: Mar 2018
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Navigating Your New York Divorce Case

Statistically 50% of all marriages end in divorce. And yet despite the often complex nature of divorce litigation, upwards of a majority of those who have divorce cases represent themselves.

This book is geared to both the pro se litigant (those who choose to represent themselves) as well as the person contemplating hiring an attorney. It’s also useful for those you’ve already hired an attorney, and are looking for general

knowledge as to “how my case is going to play out.” Think of it this way – if you ask your attorney questions which this book provides answers to, s/he will charge you about $300-500 for this information. This book costs a fraction of that amount.

Because this book is geared to the litigants themselves, it will have a minimum of citations and footnotes. I want this book to come across as if you’re sitting in my office and speaking to me. This book is more of a “how-to” guide and one which will arm you with knowledge – both to assist your own attorney as well as to assist yourself.

While there are many resources out there containing articles to assist litigants, there are few known books which gather together much of the basic information one needs to know about the divorce process. As such, I sincerely want this book to help you – the divorcing person – make sense of the divorce process during one of the most stressful times of your life.

I must add that my experience over the past 20 years is mostly within courts in the greater New York City area (including Westchester and Long Island). While many of the ideas and procedures I relate in this book are transferable across the many jurisdictions of New York, one should note that practice does vary amongst counties – and even between judges in a particular courthouse. As such, nothing beats the advice of a well-experienced matrimonial who has practiced for many years in the county where your case is in.