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Advocates For The Family.

Disputes among family members can be messy, complicated, and often, heartbreaking. When emotions are charged, clients need cooler heads to prevail and the wisdom of objective counsel. The stakes are particularly high when children are involved.

Clients often come to us feeling helpless and overwhelmed. In our experience, the more educated a client is, the more empowered they feel. We assess their situation and develop a realistic legal strategy. We discuss potential options with both worst and best-case scenarios. We also collaborate with other attorneys to arrive at a non-adversarial outcome for all parties. If we do have to go to court, we fight passionately for our clients.

​Family law is different from other types of law in that we are representing people—not businesses or corporations—at the most difficult time of their lives. It is a great privilege to be entrusted with details about their children, their finances, and their relationships. Many times, compassion and sensitivity are almost as important as legal acumen. Our goal is always to help families heal and move forward.

​We represent clients in a wide variety of family law matters, including:

  • Divorce - collaborative, litigated, uncontested

  • Mediation

  • Custody

  • Child support

  • Adoption

  • Pre- and post-nuptial agreements

  • Modification and enforcement of custody and child support

  • Family offense proceedings

  • Orders of protection

  • Qualified domestic relations orders

  • Attorney for the Child

For more information about family law, contact Leah Tarantino Cintineo, chair of the practice group.

For more information about family law, contact Leah Tarantino Cintineo, chair of the practice group.


We have represented many clients in family law matters with compassion and strength. The types of matters we have represented clients in include but are not limited to matters of collaborated divorce, litigated divorce, uncontested divorce, adoption, child custody, child support, pre-nuptiual and post nuptial agreements, the enforcement of child custody and child support agreements, family offense proceedings, orders of protection, attorneys for the child, and qualified domestic relations orders.


Leah Tarantino Cintineo

Leah Tarantino Cintineo

Rochester, NY

Jennifer A. Shoemaker

Jennifer A. Shoemaker

Rochester, NY

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