Note: This article is the second part of a series. To read Part One, click here. Families come in many shapes and sizes today, and the law has not kept up with medicine or social values that have created them. Until now. You may be raising the child of your spouse or partner, caring for…

The most prophetic things any judge ever said to me about custody was “do you hate the other person more than you love your child? If so, you will do anything that hurts him/her.”  Consider: are your negative feelings towards the other parent greater than your love for your child? Many people come into my…

Wedding season is upon us.  So instead of discussing issues that arise when there is marital discord, I thought I would take a moment to talk about issues that should be considered before you get married. Marriage is a social and financial contract for which the law provides certain benefits and burdens.  Before you make…

New York has an extremely complicated and convoluted court system. Until such time as there is a constitutional convention (and I’m not holding my breath for that) we will have to continue to navigate this complex maze. In order to make things more understandable for families and couples in dispute, the following is a summary…

Mediation. Many of you have heard of it. Some of you may have experienced it. In this article, I will discuss what mediation is, what it is not, and the positives and negatives of mediation in the context of a matrimonial or family law matter. What is mediation? Mediation is an alternative method to resolving…

Families come in many shapes and sizes today, and the law has not kept up with medicine or social values that have created them. You may be raising the child of your spouse or partner, caring for the child, supporting the child, having the child call you “Mom” or “Dad.”   But what happens if the…

Note: This is part 2 of a series. You can find the first part of the series here. In our December Our Towne article we explained the Judicial Branch and its basic structure. Each Court has a Judge. The New York Constitution sets forth how Judges in State Court are selected, which is that they…

As the recent supreme court judicial race has just occurred and absentee ballots are still being counted, I thought I would discuss our state system of government as it pertains to the New York State judicial branch.  This is part one of a two part series on this subject. The “supreme” court in New York…

People often ask if an attorney is necessary in a divorce or separation.  I often wonder if these same people would ask if a doctor is necessary in the operating room when the patient is about to undergo open heart surgery. There are many services out there that advertise assistance with DIY divorce agreements for…

I have had men in my office from ages 18 to 80 crying crocodile tears over their shock and displeasure of finding out that they will be a father. As this is a family publication, I will not go through the obvious ways to insure that fatherhood does not occur. If you are on either…

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