Joseph H. Nivin

Joseph H. Nivin

Compassionate, reliable representation at The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin PC
  • Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence...
  • Connecticut, New York
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Joseph H. Nivin, Esq. Family Law Attorney

The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, P.C. is a general practice law firm with a focus on family law. Attorney Joseph H. Nivin, Esq. and his team have years of experience with the New York City Child Welfare Agency, Family Court, and Supreme Court. Mr. Nivin represents families in court, litigation, hearings and appeals. He has argued successfully before the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department.


Mr. Nivin has been repeatedly recognized as a respected attorney in his field. He has been named a Rising Star every year since 2015 by Super Lawyers, an award that is given only to 2.5% of attorneys annually in New York State. Mr. Nivin was also named one of the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction in 2015 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. He was named Top 40 Under 40 in 2016 by The National Advocates and is also rated as “Superb” by Avvo.
In 2015, Mr. Nivin wrote two chapters in Onward and Upward: Guide for Getting Through New York Divorce & Family Law Issues.


Admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut and before the U. S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of NY
J. D., Brooklyn Law School. President-Unemployment Action Center
B. A., University of Pennsylvania
Member Queens County Bar Association, Serving on Juvenile Justice Committee and Family Law Committee
Member Assigned Counsel / Attorneys for Children Appellate Panel for Second Judicial Department
Member, formerly on Board of Directors for Brandeis Association of Queens County
Member New York City Bar Association
Member New York State Bar Association, Serving on Committee on Families and the Law
Mr. Nivin is a family law attorney available to represent clients in Queens Family Court, Brooklyn Family Court, Manhattan Family Court, Nassau Family Court, and Westchester Family Court. He is available to represent clients in divorces in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Nassau, and Westchest

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin PC
- Current
New York City Administration for Children's Services
Brooklyn Law School
J.D. (2007) | Law
Honors: Fellow, Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest
Activities: President, Unemployment Action Center
University of Pennsylvania
B.A. (2004) | International Relations and Hispanic Studies
Activities: President, Circle K
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Every year since 2015
"Superb" and "10/10" Rating
Top 40 Under 40
The National Advocates
10 Best in Client Satisfaction
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
Professional Associations
Brandeis Association of Queens County
Board of Directors
- Current
Queens County Bar Association
Member, Family Law Committee and Juvenile Justice Committee
- Current
New York State Bar Association
Member, Family Law Committee and Young Lawyers Committee
- Current
New York City Bar Association
Member, Committee on Lawyer Assistance
- Current
New York State Bar # 4580742
- Current
Articles & Publications
Onward and Upward: Guide for Getting Through New York Divorce and Family Law Issues
Rincker Law, PLLC
The Jurisprudence of Parental Alienation
When Domestic Violence Constitutes Child Neglect
Speaking Engagements
The Changing Juvenile Delinquency Practice: The “Close to Home” Placement Initiative., Jamaica, NY
Queens County Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered

Q. What if I’m not sure I’m the father?
A: Sorry to hear that you are going through this. If you were married to the mother at the time of birth or conception, you signed an acknowledgement of paternity (the paper given to you at the hospital where you say that you are the father), or if you registered with the Putative Father Registry, then you are legally the child's father, regardless of biology. If none of the above are true, then you can seek a DNA test, unless there has already been a court order stating that you are the father, or you have already developed a father-child relationship. If you are the legal father, or you are found to be the legal father, then what is called basic child support (child support that is meant to help pay for the child's basic needs) will be based upon your income. In addition to the basic child support, you will have to pay a percentage of the child's unreimbursed medical expenses and child care, so long as the child care is necessary for the mother to work or go to school. Additionally, you may, under certain circumstances, be ordered to pay for a percentage of the child's educational expenses (usually private school tuition). Hope this helps.
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Contact & Map
122 East 42nd Street
Suite 2100
New York, NY 10168
Telephone: (347) 642-0376
Fax: (347) 923-3359
118-35 Queens Boulevard
Suite 1220
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Telephone: (347) 642-0376
Fax: (347) 923-3359