Russell I. Marnell Offers Advice for Victims of Intimate Partner Abuse in Recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

MELVILLE, NEW YORK — Russell I. Marnell of Marnell Law Group, P.C. is reminding everyone that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is urging victims to obtain help from both the police and legal counsel, in order to secure their safety.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was formed in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to help battered women’s advocates across the country connect with each other. Domestic violence is not restricted to physical violence; it also consists of stalking, menacing, harassment, disorderly conduct and grand larceny, as well as unlawful dissemination or publication of intimate images. “It’s been reported that, as more people become aware of this designation, they are coming forward seeking orders of protection against their abusers,” says Mr. Marnell.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are abused by their partner every year. In addition, a woman is beaten or assaulted every nine seconds and 25% of men experience physical violence by their partner. Mr. Marnell says, although he has seen women seeking orders of protection, he has also represented men in these situations.

“Men have definitely come to me seeking restraining orders or orders of protection,” he says. “Men usually won’t make an abuse claim, unless there was something egregious, like the use of a weapon during an abusive situation.”

Domestic violence became more prevalent during the coronavirus lockdown. Data from The Marshall Project showed that, in Suffolk County, there was an 18% increase in calls reporting domestic violence to the police, while Nassau County police received 10% more domestic violence calls during the lockdown.

In the event a partner is being abused, Mr. Marnell strongly recommends calling the police and collecting as much evidence as possible against the abuser, including tape recording the perpetrator, which is allowed in New York State. “New York is a ‘one-party consent’ state regarding the audio recordings of conversations, as long as one party consents to the recordings — in this case, the person subjected to domestic violence — and the person making the recording is involved in the conversation,” he says. “Victims should also seek medical treatment for their injuries, which will help support their claims of domestic violence.”

The New York State Unified Court System has deemed filing temporary orders of protection and emergency family offense petitions in Family Court as essential. Filing temporary orders of protection, including, but not limited to, matters involving domestic violence, in state Supreme Court is also considered essential. “If you are in an abusive situation and you are seeking protection, contact a divorce or family law attorney immediately,” Mr. Marnell says.

For more information, call (516) 542-9000 or visit www.marnelllaw.com.

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About Marnell Law Group, P.C.

Located in Melville, New York, Marnell Law Group, P.C. concentrates in divorce and family law matters, including complex custody, equitable distribution, child support and maintenance issues. Founded in 1985, the firm continues to provide its New York metro area clients with excellent representation and service. While the attorneys at Marnell Law Group, P.C. will negotiate vigorously to settle your matter, should a matter need to proceed to trial, clients may rest assured that Mr. Marnell’s vast and extremely successful trial experience will put them at a great advantage. Mr. Marnell is a fellow of the esteemed American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has been selected as a Metro New York Super Lawyer in the practice area of Family Law. Mr. Marnell has also received the Martindale-Hubbell AV rating — the highest rating an attorney can achieve. He is a member of the Matrimonial Committees of the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations and the New York Family Law American Inns of Court, as well as a frequent lecturer and contributing writer; Mr. Marnell has been published in the Nassau Lawyer, Suffolk Lawyer and the New York Law Journal, among others. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (516) 542-9000 or visit www.marnelllaw.com.

 

Russell I. Marnell Offers Advice for Victims of Domestic Abuse during Coronavirus Lockdown

MELVILLE, NEW YORK — With the growing number of reported domestic violence (DV) cases during the coronavirus lockdown, Russell I. Marnell of Marnell Law Group, P.C. says victims should call for help from both the police and legal counsel, and build a case against their abuser.

 

The National Domestic Violence Hotline reported a 25% increase in DV survivors calling the hotline between March 16 and April 5; the callers cited the coronavirus lockdown as “a condition of their experience.” Data from The Marshall Project showed that, in Suffolk County, there was an 18% increase in calls reporting domestic violence to the police, while Nassau County police received 10% more DV calls during the lockdown.

 

“As couples become isolated from the outside world, the abuse becomes more frequent,” Mr. Marnell says. “There are also external factors that contribute to the abuse — layoffs, loss of business, loss of income and the financial strain that comes with it.”

 

Children are not immune to domestic abuse, either. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, a child witnesses 22% of DV cases filed in state courts, and 30% to 60% of the perpetrators abuse children in the household. In addition. 40% of abused children report DV in the home.

 

“We have received several inquiries about orders of protection, threats of spousal violence and parenting issues during the COVID-19 crisis,” Mr. Marnell says. “The initial inquiry is whether or not there has been a family offense — such as harassment, assault, menacing, etc. — which is required to obtain an order of protection, then whether it would be appropriate to seek a stay away directive as part of the order.”

 

If there is a DV incident, Mr. Marnell strongly recommends calling the police and collecting as much evidence as possible against the abuser. “Secretly tape recording the perpetrator — and doing it legally — as well as taking pictures of injuries, weapons and damage to property would be helpful,” he says. “Victims should seek medical treatment for their injuries, which will help their claims of domestic violence.”

 

The New York State Unified Court System has deemed filing temporary orders of protection and emergency family offense petitions in Family Court as essential. Filing temporary orders of protection, including but not limited to matters involving domestic violence, in state Supreme Court is also considered essential. “If you are in an abusive situation and you are seeking protection, contact a divorce or family law attorney immediately,” Mr. Marnell says.

 

For more information, call (516) 542-9000 or visit www.nyfamilydivorcelawyer.com.

 

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About Marnell Law Group

Marnell Law Group, P.C. concentrates its practice in divorce, custody, and all areas of family law. Its attorneys offer complex family law counseling and provide expertise in matrimonial law requiring settlement or litigation. The firm services Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, Westchester, Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, call (516) 542-9000 or visit www.nyfamilydivorcelawyer.com.

 

Russell I. Marnell Comments on the Number of Divorce Filings after the New Year

MELVILLE, NEW YORK —Russell I. Marnell, a New York-based divorce lawyer and Principal of the Marnell Law Group, says January is the most popular month when it comes to filing for a divorce. He says many couples wait for the holidays to end to dissolve the marriage.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the number of filings during the month of January is 33% higher than other months; some divorce and matrimonial law attorneys have even referred to January as “Divorce Month.”

“Over the last few weeks, we have dealt with a number of cases concerning visitation rights as families made plans for the holidays, and since New Year’s Day and in the weeks to come, we expect an increase in calls from prospective clients who want to learn more about what is involved in a divorce,” Mr. Marnell says.

Mr. Marnell attributes the rise in filings in the new year to the increased stress between couples during the holidays. “We often have this Norman Rockwell concept of families smiling, laughing and eating together,” he says. “At this time of the year, our expectations sometimes end in disappointment. A couple that is struggling to maintain a marriage may often be prompted to consider divorce as part of one or both of the parents’ self-evaluation that comes with the new year.”

One partner may want a divorce, but the other may not, Mr. Marnell. He suggests that the couple sit down and make a list of the benefits and downsides of getting a divorce. “I urge all couples who are thinking about getting a divorce to meet a marriage counselor or therapist to determine if any marital problems can be resolved,” Mr. Marnell says. “If all options have been exhausted and the marriage cannot be saved, then each partner should seek their own divorce attorney.”

Mr. Marnell concentrates his practice in divorce, matrimonial and other family law matters. As an attorney, he has brought more than 500 cases to trial. He is also a frequent lecturer and contributing writer and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a member of the Matrimonial Committees of the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations and the New York Family Law American Inns of Court. He has been named to the list of Metro New York Super Lawyers since 2014 in the practice area of Family Law. He is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell — the highest rating an attorney can achieve.

For more information, call (516) 542-9000 or visit https://nyfamilydivorcelawyer.com.

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About Marnell Law Group, P.C.

Located in Melville, New York, Marnell Law Group, P.C. concentrates its practice in divorce and other family law matters, including complex custody, equitable distribution, child support and maintenance issues. The firm was founded by Russell I. Marnell in 1985 to provide its New York metro area clients with excellent representation and service. As an attorney, Mr. Marnell has brought more than 500 cases to trial. He is also a frequent lecturer and contributing writer; his articles have appeared in Nassau LawyerSuffolk Lawyer and the New York Law Journal, among others. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a member of the Matrimonial Committees of the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations and the New York Family Law American Inns of Court. He has been named to the list of Metro New York Super Lawyers since 2014 in the practice area of Family Law. He is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell — the highest rating an attorney can achieve. For more information, call (516) 542-9000 or visit www.marnelllaw.com.

 

Russell I. Marnell Receives Long Island Business News’ Leadership in Law Award

MELVILLE, NEW YORK — On November 21, Russell I. Marnell, of the Marnell Law Group, received the Leadership in Law award in the category of Partner from Long Island Business News at a special ceremony at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Russell I. Marnell (right) of the Marnell Law Group accepts the Long Island Business News Leadership in Law award from Alicia Jabbour (left) Associate Publisher, LIBN, at a special awards ceremony that was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on November 21. (Photo by Judy Walker)

 

The Leadership in Law award recognizes attorneys who exemplify the following traits — experience, dedication, hard work, skill, tenacity, compassion and excellence — and is dedicated to those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Long Island. Recipients of this award demonstrate outstanding achievements, involvement in their profession, support of the community and mentoring.

Mr. Marnell concentrates his practice in complex custody, equitable distribution, child support and maintenance issues. As an attorney, he has brought more than 500 cases to trial. In addition to his work as an attorney, Mr. Marnell has passed the CPA exam and is and a frequent lecturer and contributing writer; his articles have appeared in Nassau LawyerSuffolk Lawyer, and the New York Law Journal, among others.

Mr. Marnell is admitted to the bars of New York, California, Nevada and Florida and before the United States Tax Court and U.S. District Court. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a member of the Matrimonial Committees of the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations and the New York Family Law American Inns of Court. He has been named to the list of Metro New York Super Lawyers since 2014 in the practice area of Family Law. He is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell — the highest rating an attorney can achieve.

He is very involved in the community, serving as a member and past president of the Kiwanis of the Bellmores, to which he provides pro bono legal services for its annual Strawberry Festival and Bellmore Street Fair. He is also a member of the East Meadow and Melville Chambers of Commerce, the Attorney Round Table (ART) of Long Island and the Attorney/Accounting Network Group.

Mr. Marnell has a B.S. degree from SUNY-Albany, an MBA from Hofstra University Business School and a J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law.

For more information, call (516) 542-9000 or visit www.marnelllaw.com.

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About Marnell Law Group

Marnell Law Group, P.C. concentrates its practice in divorce, custody, and all areas of family law. Its attorneys offer complex family law counseling and provide expertise in matrimonial law requiring settlement or litigation. The firm services Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, Westchester, Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, call (516) 542-9000 or visit www.marnelllaw.com.

The Law Offices of Russell I. Marnell, P.C. Relocates to Melville

Rebrands as Marnell Law Group, P.C.

EAST MEADOW, NEW YORK — Russell I. Marnell, of The Law Offices of Russell I. Marnell, P.C., has announced that, effective November 23, the firm is relocating to Melville from East Meadow. The new office will be located at One Huntington Quadrangle, Suite 1N10 in Melville. In addition, the firm’s new name is Marnell Law Group, P.C.

The new location will provide a more centralized location for the firm’s Nassau and Suffolk County divorce and family law clients. It also provides a special connection for Mr. Marnell, who is an active member of the Melville Chamber of Commerce and the Huntington Lawyers Club.

Although the firm has relocated its Nassau County office, it will continue to service clients from all over the New York metropolitan area and will meet clients in Nassau County and New York City by appointment.

Marnell Law Group concentrates its practice in all areas of family law, including complex and non-complex divorce matters; child custody, including visitation rights and scheduling; equitable distribution of marital property; child support and maintenance; separation agreements; prenuptial agreements; orders of protection; abuse; neglect; Child Protective Services matters; paternity; and matters involving a child’s name change.

“The new location in Melville will make it easier for our clients to meet with us,” Mr. Marnell said. “Many of our clients have children and the new centralized location will reduce travel time and make it easier for our clients to meet with their attorneys and help resolve their legal matters.”

For more information, call (516) 542-9000 or visit www.marnelllaw.com.

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About Marnell Law Group

Marnell Law Group, P.C. concentrates its practice in divorce, custody, and all areas of family law. Its attorneys offer complex family law counseling and provide expertise in matrimonial law requiring settlement or litigation. The firm services Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, Westchester, Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, call (516) 542-9000 or visit www.marnelllaw.com.