James D’Elicio


James D’Elicio is a partner at Chemtob Moss Forman & Beyda practicing domestic relations/family law and has over twenty years’ worth of experience achieving desired results for his clients. James, who came to the practice of matrimonial and family law from the world of commercial litigation, has taken his experience litigating complex commercial matters and applied it to all aspects of matrimonial and family law.

James’s priority is providing specialized, attentive representation to his clients. James understands that the practice of domestic relations law requires skillfully managing the dual roles of an attorney: that of a counselor, whose role is to make the client fully aware of the law and to provide necessary guidance and advice, with that of an advocate, who is prepared to move a client’s case forward and litigate the matter in court if necessary.

James knows that the hallmark of an effective family law practitioner is having an understanding of both the law as well as the realities and intricacies of family relationships. James not only has a deep understanding of the relevant law, but the empathy required to balance these intertwining dynamics.

James shifted his practice from corporate litigation to family law in order to focus on the more human side of the legal profession. He earned his undergraduate degree from Villanova University, his master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He lives in Manhattan with his husband and spends weekends in the Catskills.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce matters
  • Child custody, access, and visitation cases
  • Financial cases involving high net-worth individuals and complex assets
  • Negotiating comprehensive settlement agreements
  • Prenuptial, post-nuptial and modification agreements
  • Spousal support (alimony) and child support issues
  • Divorce and custody trials
  • Motion practice and court appearances
  • Issues arising in same-sex marriages and LGBTQ relationships
  • ACS or other child protective services investigations

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