• Connecticut
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York


  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Bar Association of Nassau County
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • New York State Bar Association


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, JD
  • New York University, BA, with honors
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Marilyn B. Chinitz


New York, NY v. +1.212.885.5564 f. +1.917.332.3040

Marilyn Chinitz concentrates her practice almost exclusively in family law, with particular emphasis on complex divorce actions. She has been involved in numerous high- profile celebrity cases that have received national and international attention. Ms. Chinitz has over 25 years of experience in handling diverse transactional matters in matrimonial law, including:

  • divorce
  • child custody
  • prenuptial agreements
  • postnuptial agreements
  • separation contracts
  • post-judgment litigation
  • spousal and child support
  • support modification
  • relocation
  • equitable distribution
  • asset valuation

She has successfully argued appeals in the appellate courts of New York and is recognized in negotiation of complex divorce actions and in trial of matters before the family courts and the supreme courts of New York.

Ms. Chinitz also has extensive experience in representing clients in international custody cases and has successfully prosecuted for the return of abducted children in proceedings filed by her under the Hague Convention. She has also cooperated with foreign counsel in cases being conducted abroad.

Ms. Chinitz has participated in seminars on family law issues, and she is frequently asked for commentary on matrimonial and family law by the media. She has appeared on the Today Show, Inside Edition, the Catherine Crier Show, and Hollywood Heat, interviewed by ABC news, as well as local radio shows, discussing issues including child custody and distribution of assets in divorce cases.

Ms. Chinitz brings years of experience in every facet of family law to a setting where the focus is placed on responsive, creative, direct, and efficient communication and representation whether it is within the context of litigation or settlement negotiations.


Ms. Chinitz is extensively involved in children’s programs in her community, and she volunteers her time by offering assistance to several nonprofit organizations.  She is on the benefit committee of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the Food Allergy Initiative, and the Little Orchestra Society.

Ms. Chinitz served as the Keynote Speaker at the 2011 Bedford Democratic Committee's Jefferson Jackson Day Awards Dinner and Celebration of Community Service, and was honored with the Geraldine Ferraro Award.


  • 2013-2017, Family Law in New York, The Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2013-2014, "Top 50 Women Lawyers" in the New York Metro Area, listed by Super Lawyers

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