About Mara Bernstein

FAMILY AND MARITAL ATTORNEY
COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE ATTORNEY
DIVORCE MEDIATOR
GUARDIAN AD LITEM

About Mara Bernstein

FAMILY AND MARITAL ATTORNEY
COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE ATTORNEY
DIVORCE MEDIATOR
GUARDIAN AD LITEM

After attaining a baccalaureate degree in social work from Cornell University and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School, Mara began her career in 1988 as a divorce litigation attorney with a preeminent New York City divorce law firm, representing celebrities and public figures in high-asset divorce and child custody matters.

Presently, Mara is the managing partner of the Boca Raton office of the Law Offices of Barry I. Finkel, PA, a marital and family law firm with offices in Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton. Mara’s practice focuses exclusively on divorce; child custody and relocation; equitable distribution; alimony; child support; and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Mara understands that divorce and family law matters are not “one size fits all.” For this reason, Mara assesses her clients’ needs, objectives, and goals and clearly lays out a strategy and legal approach designed to create the best results possible while minimizing the negative impacts of divorce. In addition to her years as a seasoned divorce litigator, Mara is a well-regarded and experienced Collaborative Divorce attorney and trained divorce mediator. She is also a guardian ad litem representing the rights of children in high-conflict divorce cases.

Her clients describe her as “very accessible,” and an “advocate who gets results without unnecessary fees and drama.” Opposing counsel describe Mara as “unwavering and relentless in pursuit of her clients’ interests.”

Mara is on the membership board of the South Palm Beach County Collaborative Law Group, a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Florida Association of Collaborative Professionals, a former board of trustee of the Faulk Center for Counseling, and a member of the Faulk Center for Counseling Professional Advisory Council. She is a founding member of the Sophia Grace Fund and Free Arts of NYC.

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section; Mediation and Collaborative Law Committee, Member
  • The New York State Bar
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • My Collaborative Team Member
  • South County Bar Association: Family Law Section
  • Broward County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution section, Family Law Section

Award and Presentations

  • Community Impact Advocacy Award
  • Faulk Center for Counseling: Collaborative Law Seminar
  • Florida Psychological Association: Continuing Education, Options in Divorce: Collaborative Divorce
  • Florida Paralegals Association: Continuing Education, Collaborative Divorce Law
  • South Palm Beach County Collaborative Law Professionals: “Collaborative Practice and the Law”

Talk with Mara

Call our office to schedule an appointment so Mara
can help you make the decision that's right for you.

BOCA RATON OFFICE:

3010 North Military Trail
Suite 210
Boca Raton, Florida 33431

FORT LAUDERDALE OFFICE:

12 SE 7th Street
Suite 602
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Areas of Practice

COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE
COMPLEX DIVORCE LITIGATION
DIVORCE MEDIATION
PRENUPTIAL & POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS
PATERNITY
ASSET DIVISION & EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION
PARENTING, CHILD CUSTODY & CHILD SUPPORT
ALIMONY/SPOUSAL SUPPORT
HIGH NET WORTH DIVORCE
CUSTOMIZED CONSULTING