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​Interview with Martin Pollak

Why did you choose to practice family law?
I entered into the area of Family Law primarily as a result of my personal experiences growing up as a child and my desire to assist others in resolving both their personal conflicts as well as financial issues that are the essence of divorce and Family Law issues.

What is the most common question that your clients ask you during an initial consultation?
There are a number of questions frequently asked during an initial consultation. With the recent change in New York law regarding the elimination of fault as the necessary basis to dissolve a marriage, the primary focus is focused on who will get custody of the child or children of the marriage and the manner in which the assets accumulated during a marriage will be divided. The latter is frequently a concern of the spouse who has accumulated the majority of the assets due to the requirement in New York that marital assets be equitably divided.

Martin A. Pollak

What is the most common concern that you see among your clients?
Once again, custody and parenting time of the parties child or children and the division of marital assets. To a lesser extent, the issues of spousal support and child support need to be discussed with a client to make them aware of the overall financial consequences of a divorce.

What is the most common obstacle you see in divorce cases?
The single most contentious issue in divorce actions is frequently the issue of custody and parenting time with the parties' child or children. There has been a growing trend in New York Courts in recent years to encourage joint custody of children as well as a fairly equal division of parenting time between the parties.

What percentage of your cases goes to trial vs. settling out of court?
A very small percentage of cases actually proceed to a full trial. With knowledgeable counsel representing each party, it is more likely than not that a comprehensive resolution of all issues may be achieved in lieu of what is generally a very costly trial.

How would you describe your role as a divorce attorney?
My role as a divorce attorney is to counsel and advise. Having practiced for almost 37 years, I am in a position to provide comprehensive knowledge of the laws of New York as well as vast practical experience of the manner in which Courts approach divorce cases, thereby providing clients with an accurate picture of what the ultimate disposition of their case will be. If a client is properly advised of what expectations he or she may achieve, the likelihood of negotiating a settlement which is beneficial to the client is enhanced.

What motivates you?
My motivation is to obtain fairness and the best possible result for my client in each and every case. Since each matrimonial case is different from any other, each case has different nuances from that of any other case, so that the motivations change from situation to situation. This variance in facts also makes each case unique in the manner in which I handle it.

What is your mission in representing a client in a family law case?
I have only one goal in each family law case that I handle and that is to achieve the goals of my client in the most expeditious and least stressful manner. I am also practical in my approach and will advise each client on the likely result that I believe may be achieved in his or her case. Providing realistic expectations to a client at the outset of their case provides a client with goals that are to be reached and allows the client to more closely monitor his or her expectations, while minimizing the stress and emotion of the case as it proceeds through settlement to trial.

About Martin Pollak


  • B.A. From Queens College of the City University of New York – Graduated 1973
  • J.D. From New York Law School – 1976
  • L.L.M. from New York University School of Law – 1983


  • Admitted to Bar in State of Florida December 1976
  • Admitted to Bar in State of NY in April of 1977
  • Admitted to Bar in State of Connecticut in 1983


  • The Florida Bar
  • The Queens County NY Bar Association - The Family Law Committee

Former Lecturer at Queensborough Community College of the City of NY

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