Alton L. Abramowitz


Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP


Main Office
444 Madison Avenue 6th Floor
New York NY, 10022
Phone: (212) 743-7000
Fax: (212) 743-7001


Recognized by his peers for many years as one of the leaders of New York’s matrimonial bar and an accomplished divorce lawyer, he  serve as National President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2012-2013) and is listed in both annual publications Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. Alton is currently the Chair of the 2,600 member Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.  His opinions and comments on a range of divorce and family law topics are often quoted by the national and local news media. He has lectured and written on many family law subjects for numerous bar associations and for various legal publications, and is one of the foremost advocates favoring the reform of New York’s divorce laws by the enactment of “no fault divorce.” Throughout his career, spanning forty years, Alton has held and continues to hold important positions in leading bar associations. He is also a Diplomate of the prestigious American College of Family Trial Lawyers, which limits its membership to 100 lawyers from across the United States. Alton is a member of the Matrimonial Practice Advisory Committee of the New York State Judicial Institute, Office of Court Administration. From the earliest days of his career until the present, Alton has represented clients in divorce and other family law matters, for which he seeks to find well-reasoned and comprehensive solutions to serious problems that have a long term impact on the lives of the people who have chosen him as their advocate. He employs all of the tools that are at the fingertips of matrimonial lawyers – from negotiation to litigation to appeals. His name appears as counsel of record on a wide-ranging group of reported court decisions. When asked why he does this kind of work, Alton often responds that helping people from a wide variety of backgrounds, possessing vastly divergent personalities, while learning the intricacies of all kinds of businesses and professions is interesting, challenging and rewarding. He views himself as extraordinarily fortunate to have had the opportunity to represent individuals, who are prominent in their own fields. Alton tries to never lose sight of the fact that each of his clients is important in their own right. He strives to treat each case with the thoughtfulness that clients expect of him, while keeping in mind the often sensitive issues that must be addressed in a confidential and delicate manner. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. With his wife and daughter, Alton resides in Manhattan


All aspects of divorce, separation and annulment, including alimony (spousal maintenance and support), child custody,child support, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial or antenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, property division, equitable distribution,



  • Bronx, New York
  • Kings, New York
  • Nassau, New York
  • New York, New York
  • Putnam, New York
  • Queens, New York
  • Richmond, New York
  • Rockland, New York
  • Suffolk, New York
  • Westchester, New York

Legal Organizations

American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomate 1998-Present; New York State Bar Assn. (Family Law Section, Chair 2013 - 2015; Executive Committee 1986-1996, 2001-Present, Co-Chair Committee on Legislation 2001-Present, Secretary 2010-2012; Co-Chair Committee on Pensions & Retirement Benefits 1986-1989; Special Committee of the Association to Improve Courthouse Facilities 1985-1987; Trial Lawyers Section; Special Committee on Balanced Lives in the Law 2004-2006); Assn. of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee on Matrimonial Law 1983-1986, 2004-2008 [Chair 2005-2008]; Committee on Family Court and Family Law 1986-1987; Committee on State Legislation 1988-1991; Committee on Lectures and Continuing Education 1991-1993; Long Range Planning Committee 1993-1996; Long Range Planning Committee 1993-1996; Delegate to New York State Bar Assn. House of Delegates 1993-1996, 2008-2011); American Bar Assn. (Family law Section, Litigation Section); Westchester County Bar Assn. (Family Law Section); New York County Lawyers Assn. (Co-Chair Matrimonial Law Section 2001-2004).


Best Lawyers in America 2006-2014; New York Super Lawyers, 2006-2014; Ten Leaders (, 2006-2014.

CLE Presentations

New York City Bar Association, "Child Custody Forensic Evaluations: Science, Art or Neither?",2004; "Divorce in New York in the 21st Century " Who Gets What and How Much", 2007; New York State Bar Assn."Analyzing an Equitable Distribution Case for Settlement or Trial", 2000, "No Fault Legislation", 2003; New York County Lawyers Association, "Psychiatric Evaluations in Child Custody Litigation- A View from the Couch, Bench & Bar", 2001; "Drafting Prenuptial Agreements", 2001; "Everything New York Lawyers Should Know About New Jersey & Connecticut Divorce Law", 2004; Practising Law Institute, "Drafting Matrimonial Agreements", 2000,2001; "Understanding Child Custody and Support" (Chair), 1998, 2000; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers- National, "Hot Tips", 2001; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter, Spring Seminar, 2000; "Cross-Examination of a Child Custody Expert", 2001; Rockland County Bar Assn. & National Assn. of Certified Valuation Analysis, "Examination of a Neutral Business Appraiser at Trial", 2001; Suffolk County Bar Ass. Academy of Law, "Matrimonial Agreements (Pre-nups, Post-nups, & Everything in Between), 2007; Association of Family & Conciliation Courts - NY Chapter, "Post Marital Income Guidelines" 2010.


"Matrimonial Disclosure" (co-author with Henry S. Berman), Annual Survey of Matrimonial law, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991 editions, New York Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Divorce Magazine, Advisory Board, 1996-1998; New York Family Law Monthly, Board of Editors, 2005-present. Articles include: "Enchanced Earning Capacity", August 2005; "The Jurisdictional Conundrum", September 2005; "Whither Same Sex Marriage", August 2006; "To Trust or Not to Trust", December 2006 (Co-author - George Santana); "Reconstructing Alimony and Spousal Maintenance" September 2008; "New York's Post-Marital Compensation", October 2008; "Challenging the Post-Marriage Compensation Guidelines", November 2008; "His, Hers of Theirs", February 2009 (Co-author - Karen M. Platt).

AAML Chapter

President, New York Chapter, 1997-1999; Vice President, New York Chapter, 1994-1995; Board of Managers, New York Chapter, 1991-1994, 1996-Present.