David I. Bliven

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in White Plains, NY

Law Offices of David Bliven
19 Court St, Ste 206
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-468-0968
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1998
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile


As the sole practitioner at his own firm located in White Plains, New York, David I. Bliven works closely with clients who require an advocate in family law. Mr. Bliven offers insightful counsel to individuals and families concerning a range of considerations, including divorce, separations, prenuptials, child support, child custody and visitation, grandparents' rights and child abuse. He also handles matters of neglect, foster care, adoption, loss of parental rights, order modifications, alimony, relocation and domestic violence.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Bliven attended Syracuse University and in 1993 received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with honors. He then served as a judicial intern and statistician with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct with the Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge before obtaining his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1997 from New York Law School, ranking within the top 15 percent of his graduating class. Mr. Bliven is admitted to practice before all New York state courts.

Before establishing his current firm in 2000, Mr. Bliven worked in private practice and then prosecuted child support, child abuse/neglect and foster care cases as a staff attorney with the New York City Administration for Children's Services.

Mr Bliven has an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell (the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards), a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo ("Superb" rating) and is listed in the "Super Lawyers" directory by Thompson Reuters (a distinction given to less than 5% of all attorneys in each field of practice).  He is also a Certified Financial Litigator by the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators - which is particularly helpful in high net worth divorces & support cases.  Mr Bliven also authors "Cases That Help" - an annual caselaw newsletter distributed to Family Court Assigned Counsel panels throughout the State of New York.  Finally, he has been published at such periodicals as Nolo.com, New York Law Journal and Westchester Lawyer, and is the author of the book "Navigating Your New York Divorce Case."

He is an active member in several legal organizations, including the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association. Mr. Bliven also participates in the Attorneys for Children Program of the Appellate Division of the Second Judicial Department.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021

About David I. Bliven

Admitted: 1998, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.blivenlaw.net/About/David-Bliven.shtml


  • These are articles published in my monthly newsletter, distributed to prospective divorce & family law litigants.

    , Newsletter Articles

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Westchester Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • New York, 1998
  • New York State Bar Association, Family Law Committee

Educational Background

  • Syracuse University, B.A., with Honors, in Sociology, 1993


  • Cum Laude, New York Law School, 1997
  • Highest possible rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Top Contributor, Avvo, 2013
  • Super Lawyers Listing
  • 10.0 out of 10.0 rating, Superb Rating, Avvo, 2014
  • Ranked within the Top 15% of his Class, New York Law School
  • Client's Choice, Avvo, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Participant, Law Day community forum on Divorce & Family Law, Bronx Supreme Court., 2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • David Bliven addresses some deficiencies he's come across in reviewing separation or settlement agreements done in divorce cases, and recommends various clauses practitioners may implement in their own practices., Best Practices in Drafting Divorce Settlement Agreements, New York Law Journal, 2017
  • Book published in 2018 as an introductory guide to assist litigants and potential litigants in sifting their way thru a New York Divorce case., Navigating Your New York Divorce case, Speakeasy Publishing, 2018
  • A synopsis geared towards legal practitioners handling a child abuse case involving shaken baby syndrome., Trying a Shaken Baby Syndrome Case, Nolo.com, 2018
  • Article which calls the appellate courts to clarify the new modification statute for child support cases.  As argued, the 3 bases for modification should be seen as stand-alone factors - if one satisfies just 1 of the factors, one should receive a de novo hearing., Raab v Raab: A Call for Clarification of Child Support Modification, Westchester Lawyer Magazine, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Financial Litigator - awarded by the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators.  The multi-session course culminantes in a rgiorous examinaiton.  The course itself covers topics such as understanding tax returns, understanding financial statements & business tax returns, determining income for support purposes, accounting for lawyers, investment types, business valuation and tax considerations.

    , 2018
  • Attorneys for Children Panel, Westchester Co. (previously was on Law Guardian panel in Queens Co. from 2000-2005)., 2008


  • Isichenko v Isichenko, 161 A.D.3d 833, 75 N.Y.S.3d 530 (2d Dept 2018) - reversed trial court and ordering a trial on the issue of downward modification of maintenance in a high income & high net worth case - it should be noted that the parties had a CAMP conference at the appellate court in which a prominent retired Justice from the Appellate Division advised mr Bliven & his client that they had "almost no chance to win" - yet Mr Bliven still won the appeal on behalf of his client! 

    , 2018
  • Matter of Nevaeh R. (Veronica B.—Rueben M.)139 A.D.3d 602, 32 N.Y.S.3d 154 (1st Dept 2016) (upheld trial court; putative father failed to establish requisite relationship with child so as to thwart proposed adoption), 2016
  • Backhaus v. Backhaus, 128 A.D.3d 872, 9 N.Y.S.3d 618 (2d Dept 2015) (reversed trial court; held plaintiff provided reasonable excuse for his failure to oppose the defendant's motion; he also proffered a potentially meritorious opposition to the motion, namely that, in light of certain proceedings conducted in the Family Court concerning the same subject, the defendant's claim for child support arrears may be precluded by the doctrine of res judicata), 2015
  • Ito v. Ito, 73 A.D.3d 983, 900 N.Y.S.2d 665 (2d Dept. 2010) (reversed trial court; defendant's default not wilfull), 2010
  • Khan v. Dolly, 6 A.D.3d 437, 774 N.Y.S.2d 365 (2d Dept. 2004) (trial court reversed; held error as a matter of law to make a custody order based upon controverted allegations without full hearing), 2004
  • Matter of Delehia J., 93 A.D.3d 668, 939 N.Y.S.2d 570 (2d Dept 2012) (holding that trial court erred in entering into evidence a Child Protective Services intake report of the Office of Child and Family Services with the identity of the reporter having been redacted), 2012
  • Scott v. Scott, 62 A.D.3d 714, 879 N.Y.S.2d 488 (2d Dept 2009) (reversed trial court; held that the Support Magistrate abused her discretion in twice denying the request of the father's newly-assigned counsel for an adjournment. Counsel needed an opportunity to confer with his client before he testified, investigate service of the judgment of divorce, and secure medical evidence in support of the father's defense that he was disabled and thus unable to pay support. Accordingly, the father was denied his right to counsel and a new hearing must be held and a new determination made), 2009
  • Laland v. Edmond, 13 A.D.3d 451, 785 N.Y.S.2d 718 (2d Dept. 2004) (upheld trial court; fact that trial court omitted written finding that violation impeded, impaired or prejudiced the rights of the respondent is mere irregularity which may be corrected on appeal), 2004
  • Barnette v. Blair, 57 A.D.3d 893, 870 N.Y.S.2d 409 (2d Dept 2008) (reversed trial court; contempt proceeding should have been dismissed where M relocated 39.9 miles yet prior order prohibited her from moving beyond 40-mile radius), 2008
  • Matter of Cory M., 307 A.D.2d 1035, 763 N.Y.S.2d 771 (2d Dept 2003) (reversed trial court; parent always has right to 1028 hearing so long as same is invoked prior to an adjudication of abuse or neglect), 2003
Show More
Office Location for David I. Bliven

19 Court St
Ste 206
White Plains, NY 10601

Phone: 914-468-0968

Last Updated: 3/17/2021

Page Generated: 0.85410904884338 sec