Jane K. Cristal

Top rated Family Law attorney in Mineola, New York

Jane K. Cristal, P.C.
Jane K. Cristal
Jane K. Cristal, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1987

Education: Hofstra University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023

Jane K. Cristal, P.C.

200 Old Country Road
Suite 400
Mineola, NY 11501 Visit website


Attorney Jane K. Cristal is the founder and owner of Jane K. Cristal, P.C., in Mineola, New York. A top-rated attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience, Ms. Cristal focuses her practice exclusively on family and matrimonial law. She serves the rights and interests of individuals and families throughout Long Island and the greater New York City metro area as well as Westchester and Rockland counties.

In practice since 1987, Ms. Cristal has achieved notable success representing her clients with all of the serious and complex legal issues surrounding their divorces, including child custody and support, visitation, property division, spousal maintenance, and other related matters. She also provides comprehensive pre- and post-nuptial marriage agreements, cohabitation agreements and separation agreements, as well as modifications and enforcement of existing court orders. Additionally, she is a staunch advocate for grandparents' rights and assists domestic violence victims with obtaining the protection orders they need against their abusers.

In all cases, Ms. Cristal delivers the personalized attention and dedicated support her clients deserve while always maintaining a focus on their goals and best interests. Committed to helping her clients resolve their conflicts and to reaching agreements as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, she utilizes collaboration law and mediation whenever possible. However, she will not hesitate to litigate her clients' matters in court when necessary to ensure the best odds of achieving the favorable outcomes they expect.

A 1974, magna cum laude graduate of the City University of New York, Ms. Cristal earned her master's degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1976. She then attended Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1986. Along with practicing before all of New York's state courts, she is also admitted to practice before the New York Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Widely regarded as a leader in her field, Ms. Cristal has several publications to her credit, and she has lectured on topics related to family and matrimonial law. She is also an active member of many local, state and national professional legal organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York.

In addition, Ms. Cristal has served as president of the Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County, and she currently serves on the Matrimonial Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. She holds high peer review ratings on Martindale-Hubbell as well as Superb client ratings on AVVO, and in 2010, she received the Professionalism Award from the Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1987, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.cristallaw.com/attorney-profile/

  • Creator and Editor of the JLA Newsletter for the Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County until 2008, first year of serving as President., Editor, Legal
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Official Sponsor of the Annual Golf Outing & Dinner for Breast Cancer research
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New York State Bar Association, Matrimonial Law Committee
  • Connecticut, rtd.
  • New York 
  • A+ Rating: Better Business Bureau, 2015
  • Admission: New York State Supreme Court, 1987
  • Admission: United States Supreme Court, 1993
  • New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Committee on Legislation, 1999
  • Nassau County Bar Association, 1987
  • Suffolk County Bar Association, 2011
  • Women's Bar Association State of New York, 2014
  • American Bar Association, 1987
  • Nassau County Bar Association Matrimonial Committee, 2003
  • New York State Bar Association, 1987
Educational Background:
  • B.A. Queens College of the City University of New York, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, 1974
  • M.A. State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1976
  • Two-Term President from 2008-2010, President, Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County, 2008
  • Academic excellence, Phi Beta Kappa, Queens College of City University of New York, 1974
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Published in the June 2020 edition of the Nassau Lawyer magazine (p.15), discussed the Legal Issues During The COVID-19 Pandemic. Author: Children as Pawns and Other Legal Issues During The COVID-19 Pandemic, Nassau Lawyer, Legal, 2020, Nassau Lawyer June 2020, Nassau Lawyer, Family Law, 2020
  • This article discusses collection of counsel fees after the conclusion of a matrimonial action, whether that conclusion be by settlement, death of the non-monied spouse or discharge of the attorney without cause., author, Divorce, Death and the Dilemma of Collecting Counsel Fees, Nassau Lawyer, Legal, 2019
  • The article discusses the ease with which attorneys may seek discovery of social media documentation to dispute a litigant’s claim concerning his or her lifestyle and to dispute specific assertions contained in the party’s Statement of Net Worth., Author, Facing the Impact of Facebook and Other Social Media on Discovery: The Court of Appeals Clarifies, Nassau Lawyer, Legal, 2018
  • The article discusses the importance of using legal instruments, including trusts and other estate planning tools and prenuptial agreements, to protect assets and provide for their distribution with regard to marriage or death. Accordingly, estate planning attorneys and matrimonial attorneys should work together in the best interests of their respective clients., Co-Author, Protecting Separate Property During Marriage and Divorce, New York Law Journal, Legal, 2014
  • The article discusses the legal issues impacting divorced spouses regarding their respective obligations to pay for college expenses., Author, College Expenses: A Legal Quagmire for Divorced Spouses, Nassau Lawyer, Legal, 2014
  • The article discusses the need of practitioners to protect their clients from the obligation to pay exorbitant college expenses by drafting precise contractual language., Author, “Student First” and “SUNY Cap”: College Expenses in Divorce, Nassau Lawyer, Legal, 2015
  • The article discusses current weaknesses in the Preliminary Conference process and the need for effective judicial management on a case-by-case basis. For example, it concludes, that the Court may, in its discretion, provide some flexibility in discovery deadlines. However, if one side is compliant with such deadlines, then the other side must likewise be, unless there is a reasonable basis to seek extensions of time to produce the discovery. , Author, The Preliminary Conference Order in Matrimonial Actions: Something's Got to Give, Nassau Lawyer, Legal, 2016
  • The article discusses whether new legislation that was intended to provide an easier path to enforcement of support for a payee-spouse instead provides a path for the payor to obtain a review and possible modification of an unfair and onerous pendente lite award., Author, DRL Contempt Legislation: A Silver Lining For The Payor-Spouse?, Nassau Lawyer, Legal, 2017
Industry Groups:
  • Legal

Office location for Jane K. Cristal

200 Old Country Road
Suite 400
Mineola, NY 11501

Phone: 516-744-1910


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023

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