Barbs cease as Barbaras reach agreement

Dominic Barbara, left, and his ex-wife, Leslie Barbara, Dominic Barbara, left, and his ex-wife, Leslie Barbara, arrive in court Wednesday. Police said Dominic Barbara, a prominent Long Island divorce lawyer, recently violated an order of protection she holds against him. (May 5, 2010) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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Colorful Long Island divorce attorney Dominic Barbara and his ex-wife ironed out all the lingering ugliness between them Wednesday, except the small matter of his recent arrest for violating an order of protection against her, both parties said.

Barbara, 64, who has represented clients including Joey Buttafuoco and Jessica Hahn, is set to go to trial on the criminal contempt charge against him on June 2 in Glen Cove court.

But division of the former couple's house, pool, boat and custody of their three dogs - Peewee, Weewee and Pooch - has been resolved to both their satisfaction, Barbara and his ex, Leslie Barbara, 45, said Wednesday afternoon. "I get the dogs, and she gets reasonable visitation," Dominic Barbara said before a brief 3 p.m. court appearance. Dominic Barbara also agreed to vacate the couple's Glen Cove home by June 1, though he said he will still be allowed to keep his 38-foot "mini-yacht" in the slip on that property.

Since the couple's divorce a year and a half ago, the two have been alternating two-week shifts at the house, they said in court.

Two court appearances Wednesday before Glen Cove Judge Richard McCord came on the heels of Barbara's arrest Sunday after police said he approached his ex-wife, Leslie, in a Glen Cove bagel shop, violating an order of protection she holds against him.

Police said Dominicsat down with his ex while she was having coffee with a man about 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Glen Cove Bagel Cafe on Forest Avenue.

Both court appearances yesterday took on an air of absurdity, with McCord repeatedly asking Dominic Barbara to stop staring at his ex-wife, and Barbara urging the judge to hold his criminal trial immediately, shouting "Ready for trial!" and "Swear me in! Let's go!"

Dominic Barbara waived his right to all the criminal evidence against him, shouting "Waive, waive, waive!" while chopping his hand against the defense table. He then rescinded that and asked for the evidence.It was the latest chapter in the messy divorce of one of Long Island's most flamboyant lawyers. In November 2008,Leslie Barbara, who also is a lawyer, was charged with second-degree menacing after Dominic Barbara said she threw a plate of spaghetti at his head. The Nassau County district attorney later dropped the charges at Dominic Barbara's request.

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