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Kim M. Rayner

Divorce and separation Attorney at Pearl River, NY

4.6   28 reviews

also known as RAYNER LAW GROUP PLLC

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  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 32 years
    New York - NY 32 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kim

Learn Kim’s areas of practice.

EXPERIENCED & DEDICATED DIVORCE ATTORNEY. LET US HELP YOU THROUGH THIS TOUGH TIME.

Kim M. Rayner  has over 30 years of experience as a matrimonial lawyer. As such, she has extensive litigation skills, developed through trials regarding custody, maintenance, child support, and equitable distribution.

 

Ms. Rayner’s experience is shown through her ability to form a trusting and enduring relationship with her clients. She zealously advocates for her client in and out of the courtroom, and is an effective negotiator. Ms. Rayner always implements the best possible strategy in order to best suit her client’s needs and achieve each of their goals. She will guide the client through the entire process, considering each and every issue and explain the potential outcomes to her client. She is honest, caring, and will fight to achieve her client’s goals.

Ms. Rayner is a court approved mediator in New Jersey.

 

Ms. Rayner is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Rockland County Bar Association, and Rockland County Women's Bar Association.

 

 Areas of Admission:

 

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey

Ms. Rayner has practiced in State and Federal Courts throughout New York and New Jersey.

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2016
Client's Choice
2018 2016

Contact Kim

RAYNER LAW GROUP PLLC
One Blue Hill Plaza
5th floor
Pearl River, NY, 10965

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Michele | October 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Kim Rayner is an exceptional and knowledgeable attorney. She worked very diligently on my difficult case and was able to get me the results I wanted. I will always recommend her whenever someone is in need of a strong attorney.
Posted by Sue | May 4, 2022
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Fabulous
Kim has been my lawyer from the divorce to post judgement child support issues. She is very experienced and well informed in her field. I always felt secure in the way she handled my case. Kim is supportive to clients and their families especially in difficult cases. I would highly recommend Kim for your legal needs.
Posted by John | January 31, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A Good Experience
Kim was highly recommended to me by my previous attorney when I needed to find an attorney who was licensed in both NY/NJ. Kim was able to settle my post-judgement matrimonial issue out of court; I was happy with the outcome. Kim was also able to reduce my child support obligation which my previous attorney told me was VERY unlikely to happen. Kim was professional throughout and honest with her billing practices. The staff at the office was also very courteous and got back to me in a timely manner whenever I had a question. Matrimonial issues are emotional and stressful, having a knowledgeable and intelligent attorney on my side helped me through a difficult process.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2021
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Look No Further - The Best
It is with great enthusiasm that I can say without a doubt that Kim Rayner is one of the finest people anyone can ever be lucky enough to have as their attorney. It’s not just her calm reassuring professionalism—it’s her contagious winning attitude. When I first met Kim, I was confused, nervous and scared to go through the divorce process. From my very first contact, she made me feel that she was there for me. Kim was honest from the beginning and guided me through what we both knew would be a very difficult process with me ex. She navigated through 7 different attorneys hired by my ex spouse over almost 4 years, every unethical tactic thrown our way and all while keeping calm and professional throughout. She is outstanding in the courtroom and I could tell right away that she was well respected by the judge and her peers. She was organized, knew my case inside and out and that showed whenever we were in the courtroom or during conferences with the other side. Kim always kept my best interest and more importantly my children’s best interest at the forefront. My case was a very difficult one that required forensic evaluations, kids attorneys and many other professionals. Kim guided me through all of it! She took the time and explained all of it to me so there were no surprises and made me feel as comfortable as one can during this difficult process. Kim worked with all parties extremely well and was able to show and demonstrate the truth of what was taking place in my case. She absolutely exceeded my expectation and was able to deliver much better results than I was ever expecting. She saved my relationship with my children and I can never thank her enough for that. Her entire staff, specifically Christie and Donna are outstanding and extremely professional and responsive. A true extension of the team. I feel extremely fortunate that I had Kim on my case from the beginning and would absolutely recommend her to anybody going through a divorce or custody case.
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Posted by Ramona | April 23, 2021
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Amazing
We hired Kim for a very complicated custody case, grandparents Vs parents. She was honest and upfront wtih us letting us know its is extremely difficult case, but after listening to our circumstances she took the case and guided us every step of the way. After 2 long years we final got custody of our grandson. Kim is worth every penny.
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Posted by Emily | April 30, 2020
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The best
I hired Attorney Kim Rayner for a child support case in NY while I lived in GA. From the first few minutes of speaking with her, I knew she was who I wanted representing me while I was so far away. Kim is blunt, she knows the law. She is a fighter in the court room and doesn’t back down from the best interest of her clients. She won me all I wanted and so much more. I filed for child support after years of not having financial assistance from the absent parent. I was completely clueless having to be in court over the phone for each date. I would’ve lost my case if I hadn’t found Kim. Not only was she fearless in the courtroom but she also gave me my fighting strength back. It was personal to me and made me realize all I had missed out on giving my child. There isn’t a better Attorney in the NY/NJ area than her. Donna at the office was also extremely helpful to me after I was served from another state from the same absent parents of visitation/custody lawsuit. She took the time to answer my questions and when she didn’t know the answer, she got in touch with Kim who once again told me what to do. I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done for me and my child. Look no further, there isn’t anyone better.
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Posted by Jill | January 14, 2020
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Truly Supportive
I came to Kim with a situation that had so many extenuating circumstances, many lawyers would have turned their backs on me. Ms. Rayner and her entire staff are supportive, informative and caring resulting in successful representation.
Posted by Kenny | July 10, 2019
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Highest Praise Possible
Unfortunately I have been divorced twice and over the years was represented by 4 different attorneys. Kim, by far, was over and above the others that I had. She was my only attorney for my 2nd divorce and I cannot express how well spent the money was. She knows the laws and TRULY cares for her clients and does not back down. She is strong and vocal when she needs to be and laid back as well. She follows up on things and keeps in touch with you. She takes the time to explain everything to you and goes out of her way to try and right any wrongs. The confidence and trust I have in her to do whats right by me is immeasurable. I was completely at ease with her by my side and you cannot put a value on that! I highly recommend Kim to anyone looking for a competent, aggressive, highly intelligent attorney that represents her clients to the utmost of her abilities! BTW, I know with such praise you might think Im related to her but Im not! Shes actually a wonderful attorney!
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Posted by Rachel | March 15, 2019
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The best of the best
I knew I needed a bad ass lawyer in my tough divorce/custody case. Also one who was certified in New York and New Jersey. When I met with Kim, I knew she was the one. She listened, understood what I needed and answered any and all questions I had. She is no nonsense, tenacious in the court room and will not accept losing as an option. I am so glad she is on my side!!!
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Posted by Marcus | February 20, 2019
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Strong advocate for client's position
Ms. Rayner provided fierce advocacy for my position in a contentious divorce case. While we eventually proposed and accepted a settlement, we had begun trial proceedings and it was readily apparent that the other side was completely overwhelmed by her. If I could make one criticism of Ms. Rayner's work for me, it is only that she be more attentive to her clients' need to communicate and discuss relevant issues; she was often too busy to communicate outside of court meetings.
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Response from Kim Rayner February 21, 2019
Although I may not always be available due to my court schedule, my associate and staff were always available to answer questions and take care of clients needs. Each of my clients gets my undivided attention when their matter is presented to the court which is when it is needed most to obtain the best results!
Posted by Galina | November 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Kim was a strong and effective advocate for me.The court clearly respected her representation of my case.In addition to her excellent legal skills and many years of experience Kim is a very warm and a compassionate person.I would highly recommend Kim if you need the services of a highly professional attorney.
Posted by Rachel | October 4, 2018
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Excellent
I hired Ms. Raynor to handle my messy, contentious divorce and other family petition issues. She is exceptionally adept at making this whole scary process easy to understand and manageable. She is highly skilled with years of practice and I feel lucky to have found her. She understands how stressful these situations can be and makes herself accessable, regardless of how small your questions are. She has helped my children and I get everything that we deserve by being the ultimate professional and by not letting us get lost in this complicated legal system. I can't recommend Ms. Raynor highly enough.
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Posted by jesse | September 7, 2018
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None Better
Kim Rayner represented me in my divorce. Divorce is no fun but I believe that Kim has a unique ability to keep the process as positive as possible. She has superb litigation abilities and is a strong negotiator. I am very grateful to Kim for the results she achieved in my case. Kim was always supportive, knowledgeable, prepared and available to talk. I have been a litigating lawyer for 36 years. It is my personal opinion as client and professional opinion as lawyer that you will not find a better lawyer to represent you in your divorce than Kim Rayner.
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Posted by Sean | May 4, 2018
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Extremely professional
What can I say about the services I received from Kim Rayner . Well I’ll start by saying she was very comforting and sincere . She asked all the right questions and she was a great listener . She seemed very focused and on point at all times . I definitely felt I hired an extremely professional and qualified attorney . I would recommend her in a split second and would call her first if I needed an attorney . She won my case , and I could not have been more pleased with her services .
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Posted by Lauren | April 23, 2018
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Wonderful Team By My Side
Working with Kim and her team was a very supportive, informative, and smooth process. Kim worked hard to make sure she understood my specific case, the history, and what I was seeking in the final custody agreement. She informed me of all decisions and made sure to communicate with me every step of the way. Her team was also very assistive. I received a call before every hearing as a reminder, was guided on all paperwork throughout my case and they were there to answer any questions I had when I called. I highly recommend Kim to anybody who is going through a custody agreement!
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Posted by Sue | January 6, 2017
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Top Notch Lawyer
Kim Rayner is an experienced lawyer who represented me in my divorce case. She is professional and extremely knowledgeable in her field. The divorce was a most awful experience and Kim remained attentive to my needs and that of my family. She is calm and confident in the court room as she advocates for her client. Kim kept on top of my case as my ex was not being compliant. She helped expedite the judicial process and divorce was final in a year. I could not have asked for a better lawyer! Would highly recommend Kim Rayner!
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Posted by Mallory | September 9, 2016
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Don't think twice - Hire her
I feel like it was divine intervention finding Kim to represent me in my custody case. Kim is very skilled, professional and truly does fight for her clients. Because of my naive and trusting character, I was truly put into a horrible situation by my ex-husband that seemed impossible to win. Kim took my case from the ground up and literally got me everything I was fighting for. Her skill level isn't even comparable to other attorneys with how she conducts herself and strategically positions her clients to win. I would highly recommend hiring Kim Rayner for any legal matter. Don't think twice.
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Posted by paul | August 30, 2016
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Excellent Representation!
Handled case from beginning to end with utmost professionalism. Kept me in the loop every stem of the way and returned all phone calls promptly.
Posted by KL | April 5, 2016
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Fantastic Representation
I cannot say enough about Ms. Rayner and her ability to strategize and litigate. While I was focused on the immediate road ahead, Ms. Rayner saw what twists and turns awaited months down the road and positioned me for success when everything seemed as though it would fail. Any attorney will say that they "fight" for their client, but few have the knowledge, ability and legal weapons to not just fight, but strategically position their clients to win. I was blindsided when my wife asked for a divorce, shock and confused by her baseless allegations throughout the proceedings and was facing an uphill battle from the very beginning. Any other attorney would have looked at my case and believed it to be impossible to win custody of my children or even have a successful financial settlement. For most clients, a divorce is their first substantial interaction with an attorney and a courtroom...their first time being the subject of motions and briefs, being the focus of a deposition and probably one of the most personal, heart wrenching "uncouplings" possible. I can't say enough about Ms. Rayner's ability to navigate through the paperwork, through the personalities of the court, interacting with the opposition and knowing how the LAW would protect me and my children. There is something to be said for hiring experience. There is something to be said for hiring intelligence. There is something to be said for hiring confidence. Nobody truly "wins" in a divorce. Both parties are left bruised from the battle....and both parties have times of triumph and times of loss. Ms. Rayner stayed true to me, true to my case and true to the law in conducting herself with the utmost professionalism. She was tactical in her approach and proved that sometimes the best action was inaction, simply put, the best offense is sometimes the best defense. I can say, without an ounce of doubt or regret, that one of the smartest decisions I have ever made was hiring Kim Rayner. While I understand these reviews are to leave out identifiable information, i will leave you with this...if you are considering hiring Ms. Rayner - do it now. I suspect there are hundreds of past clients who would gladly praise her efforts and abilities and you can certainly count me as one of them.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2016
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PHENOMENAL ADVOCATE IN FAMILY COURT
I have more than benefited from Kim's legal prowess regarding issues of custody, visitation, and child support. Frankly, words cannot possibly express the strength of my recommendation for Kim Rayner. Ms. Rayner is a brilliant courtroom advocate for her clients. Earliest on, and throughout my court experience, Kim listened and empathized as I shared my reasons for seeking sole custody of my special needs child. In turn, she presented my situation as well as my child's situation to the judge and I was awarded sole custody. Kim Rayner is a consummate legal pro who is highly respected by her peers as well as by the family court judges who are familiar with her work. Moreover, she is a caring human being. Kim works passionately for her clients and her work is thorough. She makes herself available to the client 24/7. Knowing that legal matters create great stress in the lives of those involved in a case, Kim is efficient and keeps her clients up to date with the process. In the courtroom, Ms. Rayner makes sure that all valid points are heard and understood by the judge. A client can trust that all procedures will be followed and that there is nothing erroneous to worry about; you can be assured of proper filing/protocol/you name it. In addition, Kim considers the fact that good legal service is not inexpensive. She will never waste your money by venturing down fruitless legal paths. She knows the law and what the law will allow or prohibit. She delivers always. It is important to know that her office is exceptionally knowledgeable as well as helpful. If you cannot reach Ms. Rayner, you can be assured that she will get your message and respond ASAP. Life can present many challenges. Unfortunately, sometimes one must secure legal services. Selecting Kim Rayner was a choice that changed my life for the better. P.S. I recommended Ms. Rayner to a friend who also achieved a positive outcome.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Goldstein & Rayner
  • 1995 - 2022
  • Associate
  • Aronwald and Pykett
  • 1994 - 1995

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Political science
  • 1986

Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Rockland County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Rockland County Women's Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (6)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer! Kim is a strong adversary and fights hard for her clients!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is an experienced, skilled and knowledgeable divorce attorney who can handle a case effectively from beginning to end and is always seeking to obtain the best results for her clients. I am happy to endorse her!"
Child custody Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an excellent attorney. She is smart and a fierce adversary."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kim and I were Opposing counsel on a highly contentious divorce matter and I must admit that she was a formidable opponent. She zealously advocated for the rights of her client while keeping mind that settlement was probably best for everyone involved. I would and have recommended Kim."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable family law attorney, dedicated to her clients' success."
Family Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kim Rayner is an accomplished, tough litigator in both NY and NJ. I have handled numerous matters across from her and witnessed her argument and trial skills in court as well as her extensive negotiation skills. If you are not hiring me, you cannot do better than to hire her."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. She is highly skilled and an accomplished attorney. I have watched her try cases and have walked away feeling extremely impressed with her court room presence and skills."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kim Rayner is an excellent attorney who is well respected by the bench and bar. Whether she is advocating at the negotiating table or in the courtroom, Ms. Rayner has the experience, tenacity and knowledge to provider her clients with the professional representation they deserve and should demand. I have litigated a number of cases with Ms. Rayner and always found her to be a courteous and talented adversary against whom I needed to bring my "A" game. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking quality representation in a family or criminal law matter."
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. a fierce fighter with compassion and skill. She is also a fine mediator. I highly recommend her."
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Pearl River Divorce and separation Lawyer Kim M. Rayner
Kim M. Rayner
Divorce and separation Attorney
Pearl River, NY
Licensed for 32 years
Virtual consultation available