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National Association of Divorce Professionals Conference 2019

National Association of Divorce Professionals Conference 2019 by Deborah E. Kaminetzky

Deborah (on right) with colleague Lisa Ribacoff, a private investigator with International Investigative Group, Ltd.

I just returned from three days at the National Association of Divorce Professionals (I am a divorce mediator member) conference in Fort Lauderdale. It is an organization which has the mission of making the divorce process better by solving all of the parties’ issues. The organization includes professionals in four areas, legal, mental health, financial and residential. I learned a lot about law and procedure in other states, how to tell if a client (or anyone else) is lying to you based on body language and speech patterns, and so much more.

I met many professionals who assist people going through the divorce process all over the country – not just therapists, financial planners and other attorneys, but even an art dealer and a jewelry appraiser. Although I know art and jewelry dealers locally, sometimes getting the perspective of a professional in a different location is helpful and can even lead to a higher appraisal. I believe this new knowledge and expanded network will be invaluable to my clients moving forward.

Many clients do not realize how much time goes into continuing education and forming relationships with people through these types of organizations. When we are setting our fee for representation, it is not just based on our time but rather on our ability to solve the client’s problems. Practitioners who do not invest their time and money in education and other types of activities which ultimately help their clients are not necessarily bad at what they do, they are just not as capable at recognizing issues and helping their clients accomplish their goals because they simply do not have the same resources as those who do.

The NADP has as its motto “It takes a village” which in the divorce process makes a lot of sense. Two people are not just separating, they are also trying to figure out how to start over and eventually be happy. Pursuit of happiness is the reason people seek a divorce. They do not want to be divorced per se; they want to be happy. All the professionals who were at the conference are committed to helping people reach that goal.

Deborah E. Kaminetzky


Deborah E. Kaminetzky, Esq.
Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C.
132 Spruce Street
Cedarhurst, New York 11516
Phone: 516.374.0074

By | 2019-05-14T20:26:57+00:00 March 20th, 2019|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on National Association of Divorce Professionals Conference 2019

About the Author:

Deborah E. Kaminetzky
Deborah E. Kaminetzky is the founder of Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C. located in Long Beach, New York. Prior to starting the firm Deborah worked at a Long Island firm where she learned the practice of Matrimonial and Family law and Estate Planning. Deborah has also worked at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs where she was responsible for prosecuting unlicensed home improvement contractors and negotiating settlements for consumers. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Kaminetzky was the president of a commercial property management corporation in the New York Metro area. Ms. Kaminetzky is a member of the National Association of Divorce Professionals, New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, New York State Bar Association (Business Law, Estate, Family Law, ADR and General Practice Sections), Nassau County Bar Association (where she serves as Chair of the General, Solo and Practice Management Committee and The Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Kaminetzky was appointed to the Committee on Law Practice Management of the New York State Bar Association in 2015 and has been a frequent speaker and author of articles for their journal. Ms. Kaminetzky serves on the Board of Directors of the Yashar Attorney and Judges Chapter of Hadassah as a their Treasurer, and was their Woman of the Year 2012 and Leadership award honoree in 2019. Deborah graduated from New York Law School in 1991 and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1986. Ms. Kaminetzky was admitted to the First Department in 1991 and the United States Supreme Court Bar in February of 2015. Deborah is on the Matrimonial fee dispute arbitration panel for Nassau County. She expanded her alternative dispute resolution practice by completing a Mediation certificate program in December of 2013, an advanced Mediation certificate program in 2015 and most recently a Divorce Mediation certificate in early 2016 from The New York Peace Institute. Ms. Kaminetzky has spoken to various groups on topics including matrimonial law, technology and social media use, and disaster preparedness for business including cybersecurity.