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Debra Ann Whitson

Debra Ann Whitson

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  • New York
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Biography

Former prosecutor, who spent the last 27 years specializing in matrimonial and family law. An experienced mediator, Certified Divorce Specialist and collaborative divorce practitioner as well as a recognized expert in working with victims of domestic violence.

I believe that legal battles are more harmful to families than helpful, and am passionate about helping people find ways to make their own decisions for their families, rather than leaving their outcomes in the hands of a stranger in a black robe. When court is unavoidable, I aim to educate and support people to make the legal process less costly, scary, uncertain, and stressful.

In my spare time, I work with Zonta International to improve the lives of women and girls in my local community and around the globe. I love travel, tennis, good food and wine, and spending time with my husband and children enjoying all of the outdoor activities available in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State where we make our home.

Training and Experience:

Cornell University Graduate
Pace University School of Law Graduate
27 years as a New York Attorney

Practice Area
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Video Conferencing
  • Google Meet
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 2627297
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Whitson & Tansey
Current
Education
Pace University
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Pace Law School
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Awards
Excellence in Domestic Violence Awareness and Advocacy Award
Essex County New York Multidisciplinary Task Force Against Domestic Violence
Two-time recipient of the Excellence in Domestic Violence Awareness and Advocacy Award from the Essex County New York Multidisciplinary Task Force Against Domestic Violence
Recognized for excellence in appellate advocacy
Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation
Recognized for excellence in appellate advocacy from the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation
Professional Associations
New York State Bar  # 2627297
Member
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Child Custody Guide
Whitson & Tansey
Considering Divorce Guide
Whitson & Tansey
Personal Estate Planning Guide & Record Book
Whitson & Tansey
Prenuptial Agreements Resource Guide
Whitson & Tansey
Spring Cleaning Your Relationship: 5 Tips to Keep Your Marriage Happy from a Divorce Lawyer
Military Moms Collective
How To Revive A Tribe Post-Divorce
Medium.com
Dealing with Divorce: 5 Tips for People Who Don’t Like to Journal
Medium.com
Women’s History Month: 5 Fierce Inspirations in Life and Love
Medium.com
Mediation and Modification of Court Orders: What You Should Know
Medium.com
Marriage and Money: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Military Moms Collective
Love and Relationships After Divorce: 6 Books to Lean On
Medium.com
5 Reasons to Settle Spousal Support with Mediation
Medium.com
Cohabitation Agreements: Can’t Live with Them, Without One of These
Medium.com
The Benefits of Child Support Mediation Versus Litigation
Medium.com
Sticking Together for the Kids? That Might Be a Bad Idea
Military Moms Collective
Minimizing Conflict With Child Custody Mediation
Medium.com
New Year, New Goals for Your Co-Parenting Agreements: How Mediation Can Help!
Medium.com
Quarreling During Quarantine - How Mediation Can Help Solve Problems Before and During Divorce
Medium.com
Websites & Blogs
Website
Whitson & Tansey
Website
Mediated Online Solutions
Contact & Map
WHITSON & TANSEY
8279 River Street
PO Box 38
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Telephone: (518) 412-4111
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Mediated Online Solutions, LLC.
PO Box 16
Keene, NY 12942
Telephone: (518) 413-1200
Fax: (518) 413-1300
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
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