Eleanor B. Alter
ALTER, ELEANOR B. (1938– ),
U.S. divorce lawyer. Born in Slingerlands, N.Y.,
the daughter of
, chief judge of New York State's
Court of Appeals, Alter graduated from the University
of Michigan and earned her law degree from Columbia
University. She worked for several law firms in New
York City before becoming a specialist in divorce
law. Over more than 35 years, she oversaw the termination
of more than 2,000 marriages, including two of her
own. Her famous clients included Joy Silverman, the
ex-inamorata of Sol
New York's former top judge, and Mia Farrow,
Allen’s former companion.
When she began matrimonial work in the mid-1960s, divorce law had a tawdry reputation because the only legal cause for divorce in New York then was adultery. But the law changed and Alter's practice prospered and her reputation grew. An early first marriage, which produced two sons, was to William D. Zabel, who would become a dean of the trust and estates bar. In addition to her practice, she taught at several law schools and lectured widely.
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