As an attorney in private practice, I have advocated for clients and their families in Family Court, and in Supreme Court. I have experience in all aspects of litigation involving matrimonial law and family law, including equitable distribution of assets, custody, child support, spousal support, mothers’ rights, fathers’ rights, adoption, domestic violence, and all related family law issues. I have also been a Law Guardian representing children in custody, juvenile delinquency, PINS, and in child abuse and neglect circumstances. Additionally, I have recently served as staff attorney for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services reviewing applications for the appeal of indicated reports of child abuse and maltreatment.

I served as a Principal Court Attorney for a Family Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice for ten years. This decade of Court Attorney experience has enabled me to understand the family law legal process from the important perspectives of judges and the court system itself. I know how both sides approach a family law case, what Family Court judges are looking for, how decisions are made, and what a person from a neutral perspective such as a judge sees in a dispute that is vigorously contested.

My unique experience helps me to develop creative solutions to serve the always-unique and complex needs of my clients. I am prepared and qualified to represent you in every aspect of matrimonial law, including the most difficult problems and circumstances you are likely to face. I have resolved hundreds of complex family law cases and I am committed to assisting each of my clients to achieve the most satisfactory results for themselves and their children. I am the mother of three daughters and have specialized in divorce and family  law for more than 25 years.  I have represented clients in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Columbia counties, and in courts throughout New York state.

Please contact me at 518-427-7000, or via e-mail, to schedule a free initial consultation. Our office is conveniently located at 18 Corporate Woods Boulevard, 2nd floor, Albany, NY, 12211-2522. You may also visit me in Troy, if that is more convenient. My e-mail address is:

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Joanne Monagan Albany NY Divorce & Family Lawyer Attorney