Contact: Andrew Rush
Director, Media Services & Public Affairs

June 30, 2008


The New York State Bar Association and the New York State Unified Court System today announced that a video explaining the basics of the divorce process in New York is available on both the Association and Court Web sites for anyone to view free of charge. The 40 minute video, narrated by Tony award winning actor Len Cariou, will better educate clients about what to expect during a divorce case and enhance the attorney-client relationship.

The free video, "The Divorce Process in New York : What you Need to Know," was produced by the Association's Family Law Section and provides the public with basic information on New Yorkdivorce law and domestic violence. The video provides an overview of the law and covers topics such as child support, maintenance, equitable distribution and domestic violence. It is available at the Bar Association's site at and the Unified Court System's site at .

New York State Bar Association President Bernice K. Leber (Arent Fox, LLP) said, "Educating the public about the law and their rights is an important part of the Association's mission. We strive to provide the public with information they need when facing difficult times, such as divorce. Our Family Law Section produced an excellent video, which provides guidance to families that are going through this stressful and sometimes complicated process. We are very pleased to join with the Court System to distribute this information to the public."

The Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Matrimonial Matters said, "We are pleased to be able to partner with the Bar Association and provide the public with information about the divorce process. Divorce can be a painful, and is often times a complex process, so providing people with essential information will allow them to make informed decisions as they decide what is best for their family."

The Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Matrimonial Matters is responsible for the production and distribution of information and services relating to matrimonial matters to the Judiciary, non-judicial employees, matrimonial counsel and litigants throughout the State. Effectively managing the matrimonial litigation process remains one of the top priorities for this Office.

The 74,000 member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New Yorkand the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, NYSBA programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.