Joel R. Brandes, of the New York Bar, concentrates his practice in New York divorce and family law appeals. He also consults with and advises attorneys on appellate, trial court and international child abduction matters in all of the New York state and federal courts. He has been recognized by the New York Appellate Division as a "noted authority and expert on New York family law and divorce ” (See Matter of Brandes, 2015 WL 4664743, 2015 N.Y. Slip Op. 81096(U) (2d Dept.,2015)). He is the author of the treatise Law and The Family New York, 2d (9 volumes), Law and the Family New York Forms 2020 Edition (5 volumes) (both Thomson Reuters), the New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook (Bookbaby) and the New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook Courtroom Edition(Amazon). His ”Law and the Family” column is a regular feature in the New York Law Journal. He wrote the Digest of Equitable Distribution Cases and Equitable Distribution Case Law, both published by the New York State Bar Association, and has been a contributor to several law books. Mr. Brandes has written and lectured extensively on family law and international child abduction. He has authored more than 500 published articles that have appeared in legal journals. Mr. Brandes was counsel in the landmark Court of Appeals cases of Morone v. Morone, Tucker v. Tucker, and McSparron v. McSparron, and has more than 120 reported New York trial or appellate decisions. He earned his J.D. at Brooklyn Law School and his LL.M. at New York University.