The possibility of divorce or legal separation is a sensitive and personal matter. Sometimes just having a professional discuss the options with you can be comforting.
No single approach is right for everyone. You have heard about mediation and collaborative process, but what is really involved and how do those processes differ from court litigation?
You are encouraged to confer with an experienced legal professional, who can explain the various possible options before you undertake any legal steps.
Individuals who are seeking legal information about their family situation, or advice as to their personal relationships and/or their children’s needs, are encouraged to contact Kerker & Gleeson PC.
I was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1984 and have spent many years honing my skills as a family law attorney. I strive to deliver quality and compassionate services to individuals in transition.
As a founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District and one of its Past Presidents, I have expanded my definition of the "successful” completion of family law cases to embrace the concepts of Dignity, Teamwork, Solutions, Respect and Resolution, all key elements of the Collaborative Law Process.
Bringing these values to the practice of family law is one of the core values of my professional practice, whether a client chooses a non-judicial resolution path or a court-based process.
1980 Graduate of State University of New York at Albany
1983 Graduate of Albany Law School
1984 Admitted to the New York State Bar
1989 Solo Practice: Law Office of Valerie Kerker
2002 Mediation Training – basic and advanced
2003 Katheen A. Gleeson and Valerie Kerker form Kerker & Gleeson PC
2008 Founding Member and Board Member of the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District (CDACD)
2010 Marketing Chairperson, CDACD
2012 President of the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District
2014 Chairperson of the Modest Means Committee of CDACD
2015 Co-Marketing Chairperson of CDACD
New York State Bar Association
Albany County Bar Association
Capital District Trial Lawyer's Association
Capital District Women's Bar Association
Adirondack Bar Association
IACP International Association of Collaborative Practitioners
Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District, Inc.
New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts (AFCC)