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Neil Richard Cahn

Divorce and separation Attorney at Carle Place, NY

4.8   24 reviews

also known as Neil Cahn

  • Licensed for 48 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1975
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce Litigation

    48 years

  2. Marriage and prenuptials
    Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

  3. Mediation
    Mediation & Collaboration

    21 years

  4. Child custody

    48 years

  5. Child support

    48 years

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Neil Cahn, PLLC
1 Old Country Rd.
Suite 295
Carle Place, NY, 11514


4.8 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
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Posted by Kim | August 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, personal, attentive.
Calm, reassuring, and smart-very smart, are the adjectives that immediately come to mind when I think of Neil Cahn. He gives no knee-jerk or boiler plate responses and he took the time to carefully craft an approach to my divorce that was both personal and tailor-made for my situation. His staff is kind, caring, and attentive. I could not recommend him more highly.
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Posted by Emma | June 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The best of the best
I was given a referral by a friend to retain Neil Cahn and from the first consultation I knew I had made the right decision. He really put me at ease and explained everything to me in such a thorough and knowledgeable manner. He was extremely professional and definitely had the best interest for myself and my son, and always went above and beyond in every way possible. As a young mother going through a divorce, I had many questions, little knowledge about family law, and he was able to answer all of my questions and make me feel comfortable. He has made himself available to me during emergency situations when I needed his expert advice or to "talk me down" from exploding. I would strongly recommend Neil for anybody looking for an honest, genuine, attorney with your best interest. He goes above and beyond in everything he does, and is a BEAST at law.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Recommended with no reservations
I have known Neil Cahn for over 10 years. He represented me in my own matrimonial case, and did a great job helping everyone I referred to his practice. Having consulted for NYS Court System for over 15 years made me aware of many issues one faces whilst dealing with the Law, especially here, in Nassau County. There are only a few attorneys that I trust and respect. Neil Cahn is on the top of the list. His encyclopedic knowledge of the Family Law, amazing memory, attention to details, pleasant demeanor, and ability to do an excelent job representing all kinds of clients are outstanding.
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Posted by Stephanie | February 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
From our first meeting, I knew that Neil was the right attorney for me. Throughout the process, Neil was there to guide me with his expertise and humor. Neil is an extremely patient, knowledgeable and professional attorney. He knows the system inside and out. He can anticipate what the "other side" will say and do, as well as how the judge will react to an issue. When an emergency arose, Neil made himself available. He always knew what to say to restore my hope and to keep me focused throughout the process. My ex and I were able to settle before trial. I was very pleased with the outcome that Neil negotiated. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing a divorce attorney, I highly recommend Neil Cahn.
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Posted by Paula | June 8, 2015
A sincere recommendation.
I felt it important to let anyone know who might need an attorney to handle their divorce that I highly recommend Neil Cahn. He has been more than fair regarding compensation. But most of all I found him to be extremely professional, have an extensive knowledge in his field, very accessible, a great listener and part counselor, part therapist . He has helped to make the best of a difficult and complicated situation.
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Posted by Gail | May 28, 2015
Excellent attorney
Neil Cahn offers guidance, support, and reassurance during a difficult time. He has a great deal of knowledge and is well respected in the courts. I was fortunate to have him represent me in family court. He always looked out for the best interest of my daughter and persevered until a favorable outcome was achieved.
Posted by Teresa | May 11, 2015
Exceptional Divorce Attorney
Neil is a first class attorney and human being. Neil was not the first Divorce Attorney i hired, but thank goodness he was the last. He was compassionate to me and my children , and did his utmost to make sure that i finally was awarded my child support payments to care for them. He went above and beyond for me, and always had my back. I would highly recommend Neil in any Divorce case, he is well experienced and well versed with the court system.
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Posted by John | May 2, 2015
Exceptional Attorney
I strongly recommend Neil Cahn for any and all matrimonial, custodial and family issues. I went through a rather lengthy, complex and messy divorce. Prior to retaining Neil, I wasted a considerable amount of time, money and emotional health on insignificant issues. I felt like there was no hope or end in sight. Neil changed everything. My x-wife’s legal team had one goal - to accumulate as many billable hours as possible. They generated lengthy motion after useless motion, none of which brought us any closer to our divorce. Each of them however played to my emotion and brought me into the fight. I had facts and documentation on my side. The system however is so broken that I could not win these meaningless fights. Time, coin and tears were wasted. I came to Neil emotionally exhausted and my bank accounts were bare. Although we would ultimately argue over significant financial matters, I was broke. Neil took my case and he was more than fair and understanding of my financial situation. I believe Neil was drawn professionally to my precarious situation and he genuinely wanted to help. Divorce is painful, especially when children are involved. I succumbed to emotion and I was not making the most rational decisions for my children or myself. Neil not only helped me deal with my emotions, but he helped me separate them from the difficult decisions ahead. Rational thought prevailed. He immediately changed the direction of my case. We were no longer arguing over minor, secondary matters before a judge. We got right down to issues of custody, decision-making, our marital residence, support and maintenance. My wife and her family were successful in alienating me from my three beautiful daughters. Once daddies’ little girls were turned against me in a vile and vehement way. Neil gave me invaluable advice on how to move forward with my father-daughter relationships. With his help, I have come a long way with my daughters. As for custody, my x-wife would have preferred that I simply vanished from their lives. Neil was successful in getting me more time with my daughters than I expected. For this I am eternally grateful to him!!!!! Neil built a case based on his in-depth understanding of matrimonial law, experience and case law. There were several complex financial issues in my divorce. Neil not only immediately recognized these matters, but he fully understood how opposing counsel would present them in court. I understand that most divorces never make it to trail. Mine was destined to from the start. Neil was a masterful trial attorney. He picked apart the Forensic Accountant’s analysis of my earning potential. It was literally something out of Law and Order. The accountant didn’t know which way to turn on the stand. His “expert” analysis was debunked by Neil in open court. This ultimately brought the other side to the table and we each came to terms with a reasonable settlement. I was on the brink of fatherly and financial disaster. Neil turned my case completely around. I shutter to think of where I would be today without having had Neil at my side. Neil brought resolution to my uncertain situation and calm where there was turmoil. I simply can’t say enough about him. I have personally recommended him to several friends going down this terrible road. You can’t go wrong with Neil on your side!
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Posted by chris | May 1, 2015
Great Divorce Attorney
I was referred to Neil Cahn when I needed help with a divorce issue. Neil was very specific and professional yet very personable. His professionalism, attention to detail and obvious knowledge of the laws served me well. I was also very comfortable while working with Neil. I have, and will continue to recommended Neil to anyone that is in need .
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2015
I should have hired Neil the first time around!
I retained Neil when my ex-wife took me to Family Court seeking increased maintenance she was not entitled to. His professional handling of the case, which ended with the petition being dismissed, made a daunting process easy, and in the end even my ex-wife had respect for him! I should have retained him for my divorce in the first place! J.W.
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Posted by D.A. | April 29, 2015
Excellent Attorney!
Neil Cahn is an outstanding family law attorney. He is very professional, knowledgeable and competent. I found him to be most efficient in negotiating my divorce stipulation. In addition I couldn't ask for a more compassionate attorney. He always had my best interests at heart and was very fair in his fees. I would recommend him highly to anyone who is looking for an attorney who really cares about his clients. He is top in his field as far as I am concerned!
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2015
Excellent attorney
Neil Cahn is an excellent attorney who is able to get complex divorces resolved without having to resort to a scorch-the-earth approach. He was mindful of billing, while also being very accommodating in terms of being available to meet in person or by phone. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Posted by Donna | April 28, 2015
A Very Messy Divorce
I met Mr. Cahn through a friend many years ago. I was young and going through a very messy divorce. Previously, I had hired a very well-advertised law firm. The retainer they charged was every penny I had in my savings. Almost 6 months had gone by, I called them, wrote them and even showed up at their office, yet my attorney was never available and never responded to any correspondence. Upon meeting with Mr. Cahn, he accepted my case even though I did not have money for a retainer. He listened to my story and wanted to help me. I was fearful as I was being bullied & threatened by my husband and broke. Within a day Mr. Cahn obtained and order of protection for me. By that week's end he hand written a letter to my previous attorney, explaining he had taken the case. Within 60 days, the previously law firm refunded 100% of the retainer I had given them, Mr. Cahn had somehow managed to get my divorce case on the court calendar. When my court date arrived I was very nervous about seeing my husband. Mr. Cahn waited for me in the court parking lot, escorted me into the building and brought me to a conference room to wait to be seen by the judge so I wouldn't feel intimidated by my husband. As I suspected, the case would be postponed several times by my husband's attorney. I was concerned about the legal fees that could mount up however Mr. Cahn assured me that if for any reason my husband did not pay the attorney fees, he would work something out with me. By the time the case was resolved, I had agreed to pay my own attorney fees because I wanted to get out of the situation. Mr. Cahn's words were seared in my head, he said "Donna, I am fully aware of your financial position, I will bill you monthly, just send what you can"! Mr. Cahn billed me monthly and I sent him what I could. There were months I could only send him $25. However every month the bill would come in, I sent him "something". Years later I needed Mr. Cahn's services again. He pulled my previous file and joking mentioned that he had stopped billing me. I had no idea! I asked him how much I still owed him. He hesitated. I pursued the matter and he eventually told me it was $800.00. Mr. Cahn is a true gentleman. He did not want the money. His primary concern was and has always been for me and my safety. I trust Mr. Cahn with ALL my affairs. He has always done the right thing by me and my family. I still use his services today. And I am proud to say that Mr. Cahn has always come through for me. Mr. Cahn is honorably and fair. I wouldn't have come through many difficult situations over the years without him.
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Posted by D.B. | April 27, 2015
Highest Commendations For Neil Cahn
Not only is Neil Cahn a brilliant attorney but he is honest, concerned, kind and caring as well. I was referred to Mr. Cahn through a friend who had dealings with him during her divorce. She held him in the highest regard as I now do after having been represented by him through my divorce. I was properly guided by Mr. Cahn throughout the entire divorce process. I was not knowledgeable about many financial matters but he took the time and had the patience to make sure I understood each and every matter that we discussed so that I, with his guidance, could make smart and informed decisions. As well as being sharp, insightful, and extremely knowledgeable on the law, he added the right touch of compassion and humanity to a very difficult and emotional process. I don't believe I would be where I am today without having had Mr. Cahn as my attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone who would like to be represented by an attorney with honesty, integrity, professionalism and impeccable skills.
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Posted by Margie | April 27, 2015
Excellent lawyer
Excellent lawyer, Mr. Cahn was very helpful and kept me fully informed. He handled many court dates with me by phone, so that I did not have to travel out of state. He showed genuine concern for my family situation and was invested in a positive outcome. I would recommend him to anyone seeking legal help.
Posted by michael | April 27, 2015
above and beyond
My name is Michael , and unfortunately, a short while back , I had to make the decision to contact a lawyer to divorce my wife of 18 years. Neil Cahn came highly recommended and I am thankful I used him. He made a truly horrible time in my life as painless as possible with his knowledge and expertise as well as his compassion for me and my children. He also worked with me financially , for which I am truly grateful. I have and will continue to recommend him to everyone that is need of an excellent divorce lawyer
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Posted by Donna | April 27, 2015
excellent experience!!!
I am a client of Neil Cahn who was recommended to me by another woman who had a terrific review of him. My experience with Neil was not only excellent but he became a close friend as well, during a tumultuous time in my life! His expertise and demeanor always made me feel so confidant in our decisions. It made the very hard part of dealing with all this , seem so much better. I was able to laugh when i did not think i had it in me and having Neil on my side was calming. Most importantly, the feeling of being so confidant and trustworthy in Neil just made this hard time that much better! My outcome was a success!!!! He has not forgotten me now after the fact and always willing to answer any questions i have! i am forever grateful!
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Posted by Justine L. | April 26, 2015
Awesome Lawyer!
I am recently divorced. Neil Cahn made it happen with his amazing knowledge. He explained every detail with English I understand :) I highly recommend this man to represent you!
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2015
Excellent representation
I've retained Neil Richard Cahn first for my separation agreement, and then for my divorce. I find that Mr. Cahn is highly intelligent, thorough and knowldgable about all issues concerning these matters. I felt that he had my back in every way possible, and looked out for my interests without prologing the divorce unnecessarily, and I find him to be a person of good character and moral values in this regard. I feel I was very lucky to have had Mr. Neil Cahn as my attorney and would highly recommend him to anybody in my situation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2015
Excellent guidance from pre-divorce through entire divorce process
Neil had a common sense approach combined with tremendous legal knowledge that guided me through the divorce process from pre-divorce issues througha final agreement. Neil provided options that were comfortable and was focused on the final goal of a reasonable settlement and agreement throughout an emotional and difficult process. I would highly recomend Neil to any with divorce or family issues.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 375-550 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Neil Cahn, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor/Instructor
  • Hofstra University School Of Law
  • 2000 - 2017
  • Partner
  • Newman & Cahn, LLP
  • 1983 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Edward Newman
  • 1975 - 1983
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  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • Yale University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971


  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York Assoication of Collaborative Professionals
  • Secretary (Executive Committee); Director;
  • 2005 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • New York Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2001 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Matrimonial Law and Commercial Litigation Committees
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Family Law and Aletrnative Dispute Sections
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • NY Metro Area Super Lawer (Family Law)
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2021


Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney, dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Neil for many years. I am a criminal defense lawyer, but often get inquiries about family law, divorce, or complex business problems. I always refer people to Neil, and everyone I have referred has been extremely pleased. Neil is a consummate professional, a very hard worker, and always has his client's interest in the forefront."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Neil Cahn professionally for many years, both as an adversary and as a colleague. He is not only exceptionally thorough and detail oriented, but has the rare ability to both fiercely advocate for his client in court yet remain reasonable and effective in resolving matters outside of court. I hold him in the highest regard."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Neil Cahn for over 30 years. We have litigated cases against each other and, in the last 10 years, we have worked on collaborative divorce cases. I endorse Neil without hesitation as a professional who adheres to the highest standards of prcatice. He represents his clients with vigor and keeps a keen eye on detail. He is smart, ethical and thorough."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Neil is a superb attorney who was a big part in showing me that collaborative law is a process that works. I had the opportunity to work with Neil on a collaborative project through the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals. He was the attorney for the other party on the collaborative team. Through his expert guidance, contentious issues were overcome to facilitate the settlement process with positive feelings and excellent results. Neil has further impressed me with his depth of matrimonial and family law knowledge which he regularly shares through his blog. Whether a client needs a litigator or is interested in alternative dispute resolution such as collaborative law, I recommend Neil Cahn, Esq. without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Over the years I have had several cases with Mr. Cahn and found him to be a zealous advocate for his clients. Although skilled at trial,he seeks creative ways to settle cases which save those clients time,money and emotional pain."
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Carle Place Divorce and separation Lawyer Neil Richard Cahn
Neil Richard Cahn
Divorce and separation Attorney
Carle Place, NY
Licensed for 48 years