Adelola Sheralynn Dow
Turning Your Fears Into Power When Happily Ever After Fades Away
Divorce and family law issues can be difficult to navigate without the
use of skilled legal counsel. As the child of divorced parents, and having
initiated my own divorce, I understand the importance of counseling my
clients on methods they can use to move their divorce along in a manner
which does not negatively impact their children or their dignity. I also
understand the fear that often comes by engaging in this foreign process
and know full well how to help you harness that fear by turning it into
power while you navigate through this process.
I founded this law practice to bring integrity to the practice of divorce
law in a time when mistrust of divorce lawyers and the matrimonial (divorce)
law system is at an all-time high. The training I received as a law clerk
and law secretary (Judge’s Personal Attorney) to two divorce/family
law judges has given me a unique understanding of the way judges make
decisions in family law matters. I pride myself in providing teaching-based
representation so that you understand the law and the way it will work
in your case. It is that knowledge which we will use to turn your fear
of the divorce process into your power as we work together to protect
your legal interests and the best interests of your children.
If you aren’t yet married and you want to protect your assets in
the event of a divorce, or if you have rekindled a marriage and want to
limit the legal argument you would have in the event of an eventual divorce,
I will help you craft an agreement which fairly and properly protects
your assets and those of your children.
While most cases settle without going to trial, it is important to hire
an attorney who can litigate your matter in the event a trial becomes
necessary. Skilled litigators can advise you about whether your case has
the potential to be litigated and about ways to avoid trial, if that is
possible. Approximately 10% of cases go to trial. If your case is one
of the 10%, we are here to help.
While I am an adept litigator, I also know that it is important to hire
an attorney who can assess when your interests can be better served with
non-litigation tactics, such as collaborative law and mediation. I am
a trained collaborative divorce lawyer and can help you to navigate the
waters of divorce without the cost and emotional expense of litigation.
Born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, New York, I am a truth-speaker
who “keeps it real” even when what I have to say isn’t
necessarily what my client wants to hear. I relocated to Staten Island
at the age of 16 and attended Wagner College, Grymes Hill, where I received
my Bachelor’s degree in English and minored in Sociology. After
taking a few years off to sell real estate and save money for law school,
I attended the City University School of Law in Flushing, Queens, where
I received my Juris Doctorate degree. I have been practicing law for over
a decade and enjoy helping and developing long-lasting relationships with
my clients. I reside with my husband, Michael E. Dow, Jr., a Staten Island
native, and our daughter.
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