Most matrimonial agreements will require that spousal maintenance needs to be paid for some period of time, but could end if the recipient remarries, holds herself out as someone’s spouse, dies or the payor dies.  But what would happen if the only termination event was the recipient’s re-marriage?  Could the payor (or his Estate) be…

In pop icon Britney Spears’ request to end her conservatorship, one of the issues raised is her request to marry and have more children. As this is a family publication, I will use my words sparingly. According to the New York Law Journal, against her will she has received medical treatment that currently makes it…

In Ross v. Ross (NYLJ 6-23-21), 14 years before the divorce action the wife’s father provided money for the parties to buy a house.  The house was deeded to both parties when it was purchased.  At trial the wife stated that she had a separate property claim (i.e., “her” money) of $300,000 as the funds…

CAN MONEY BUY LOVE?             Clients often ask me how old a child needs to be before he/she can decide where they want to live?  My answer is uniformly 18.  At 18, a person is in their majority, and custody provisions no longer apply.  At 18 a person can vote, join the military, or marry. …

All too often we hear of stories regarding children who are injured (or worse) while in the care of their parents and ask “how can the parents still have any rights?” Having your rights as a parent extinguished is very difficult to do, after all, what is more sacred to us than our children? There…

Each year, we all wish to start with a fresh slate with the usual set of resolutions:  submit the Our Towne article on time, lose weight, exercise more, watch less TV, read a good book, etc.  In our new reality, which will hopefully be history when I write this article next year, there are certain…

While certainly no two families are alike, for most of us, when we think of holiday festivities, we have a pretty clear picture of what a “normal year” might look like. But as the dystopian 2020 comes to a close, the state is putting the cap on family gatherings at 10 people. We’re forced to…

At least once a week a client will ask me a question that I answer with “If I could do X, I’d have people lined up down the hall.”  There are things that neither I, nor any attorney, can either accomplish or guarantee.  Here are some of those instances: If I could make someone be…

I was asked by several readers about Betty Broderick after the reference in my August article. Betty and Dan Broderick had a notoriously nasty divorce in the late 80’s in San Diego. He was a successful and powerful attorney and was able to use and exploit the “old boys club” in a manner that was…

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Polls are open 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. Early voting is also available October 24,2020 – November 1, 2020. You can also vote by absentee ballot. Requests need to be submitted by October 27th online, by email, fax or postmarked; November 2nd for in person application. Absentee ballots must…

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