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North Carolina voters came out in high numbers to make their voices heard on the hot button topic of legalizing same-sex marriage, as reported in a May 8th, 2012 New York Times news article. Amendment 1 as proposed by the North Carolina legislature would define what would be considered a recognizable and legal domestic relationship…

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The state of Maryland took a big legal jump on the issue of same-sex marriages, as reported in a May 19th, 2012 New York Times news article. The state’s Court of Appeals ruled 7 to 0 favoring the ability for married same-sex couples to be able to divorce in the state. The state currently does…

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Florida has joined the grass-roots movement among several other states on re-evaluating their alimony laws, as reported in a March 4th, 2012 New York Times article. Florida lawmakers are pushing to redo the state’s current alimony laws to better reflect the living and working situations for today’s times. Two of the biggest changes purposed for…

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A mother wanted to move with her daughter to Texas, where she claimed to have a job, but a New York appellate court ruled otherwise. An article in the June 12, 2012 New York Law Journal discussed the child-custody battle between the two parents. The court ruled in a narrow majority that the mother could…

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A New York Court of Appeals decision reported in the New York Law Journal on June 1, 2012 decided that a parent, even with custodial rights over his or her child, can be found guilty of kidnapping. In the case, People v. Leonard, the father of a 6-week-old baby held his baby hostage with a…

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In People vs. Fernandez, Marcos Fernandez was accused of sexually abusing his female cousin, who was eight years old at the time of the alleged abuses. During the court case, covered by a June 29, 2011 New York Law Journal article, at the New York State Court of Appeals, the accused’s parents testified as witnesses…

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Bronx family attorney discusses forming a child custody agreement Child custody cases are tough on all parties involved. Overall the court system has taken the standard that these cases should be resolved in the best interests of the child, but what happens if the child’s interests changes with age? A May 19th, 2012 New York…

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Many states have started to recognize and legalize same-sex marriage however the federal government has not. Since the federal government does not recognize such marriages, same-sex couples are viewed as independent individuals when filing their federal taxes. Sometimes this can be a benefit for the same-sex couple, like when one adopts another’s child. Under the…

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Since 2005, two children have been under the care of foster parents. The father, who is 68, was convicted of molestation. The 34-year-old mother was of “limited intelligence” according to a May 25th, 2012 New York Law Journal article. The mother allowed the father unsupervised contact with the children even though she knew of his…

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A New York divorcing woman petitioned the courts to gain full possession of property she shared with her husband, as reported by the New York Law Journal in an October 24th, 2011 article. The divorcing couple previously entered into a separation agreement, agreeing that any marital property held by both parties would be sold and…

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A 1998 prenuptial agreement was ruled to be null and voided after close inspection by the New York State courts, as reported by The New York Law Journal in a December 30th, 2011 article. The courts found that the divorcing wife was misled into signing the prenuptial agreement. The wife demonstrated to the court that…

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Over the past 20 years, divorce among people over 50, has doubled, according to researchers at Bowling Green State University. TODAY reported about the “gray divorce” phenomenon on June 8th, 2012. Sociologists expect the numbers of divorces in this age group to continue to rise. Gray divorces may be rising because of changing cultural norms.…

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A May 27th, 2012 article in the New York Times reported that half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. According to the National Center for State Courts, 1.2 million people in the US filed for divorce in 2009. Dutch ‘Divorce Hotel’ Jim Halfens runs “Divorce Hotel” at six hotels in the…

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The New York family court ruled that special circumstances are required to be met when a grandparent seeks custody rights of their grandchildren, as reported by the New York Law Journal in a December 2, 2011 article. A New York grandmother sought to gain full custody rights of her twin granddaughters after their mother’s boyfriend…

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Last year New York reformed their spousal support guidelines causing a lot of confusion on how exactly the rules worked and who they actually benefitted. Although somewhat confusing, one New York attorney gave the new standards praise for the help her clients can now get. In an October 12th, 2011 New York Law Journal article,…

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On October 13th, 2010 New York changed how the state would calculate temporary spousal support payments, and the courts have been trying to explain them ever since. In an October 12th, 2011 New York Law Journal the New York family court attempted to better explain the new formula. The old spousal support law allowed judges…

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Many matrimonial attorneys have been up in arms over the confusion caused by the new spousal support laws but the opposite holds to be true with the new no-fault law established around the same time. According to an October 12th, 2011 New York Law Journal article the same attorneys that speak negatively about the new…

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A New York court ruled against granting additional financial support for an ex-wife who was not working. The New York Law Journal reported in a September 19th, 2011 article that an ex-wife petitioned the court to have her ex-husband support her financially because she was not working and during the marriage he was the primary…

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A New York court ruled against an ex-husband and granted France jurisdiction over a pending child custody dispute, as reported by The New York Law Journal in a September 19th, 2011 article. The ex-husband argued that his ex-wife had fraudulently obtained a passport for their child and took extreme measures to prevent him from following…

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A family law court determined that an adopting couple had to obtain a certification that they are qualified adoptive parents despite the private arrangement with and judicial consent of the biological mother. According to the report in the New York Law Journal on September 6, 2011 in the matter of Joanna K., Ac-705, the adoptive parents petitioned…

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In a case review published in the New York Law Journal on September 9, 2011, a Long Island judge ruled that a young girl’s biological father cannot be ruled the legal father or caretaker. The biological father of the girl, referred to as MB, filed suit to officially establish his paternity claim. Judge Eisman rejected…

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New York officials are on the search for a Queen’s woman who abducted all eight of her children who were living in foster care, reported the New York Times in a September 20th, 2011 article. The eight children, seven boys and one girl, ranging from the age of eleven months to eleven years old, all…

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Statements made by highly publicized right-winged religious leader Pat Robinson may have gone a little too far this time for him to be saved, as reported in a September 16th, 2011 New York Times news article. Mr. Robinson reportedly gave the green light for one of his callers to divorce his wife because she suffered…

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Your Miranda’s rights may soon have to have an additional statement to it, “and anything you post on your Facebook.” More and more courts are accepting information from people’s Facebook accounts as evidence in support of a legal suit, as reported by an October 1st, 2010 New York Times article. The New York State Bar…

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The New York court system as always taken a harsh approach on disciplining juveniles who have found themselves in the legal system, but the chief judge may soon be softening the system, as reported in a September 20th, 2011 New York Times article. In New York juveniles especially those who are closer to the age…

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Remarks made by television religious host Pat Robertson on divorcing a spouse who has Alzheimer has sparked a great debate, as reported by the New York Times in a September 16th 2011 article. Although majority of the public appears to be greatly offended by Mr. Robertson some people in the medical field are coming to…

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Cohabiting agreements are not only used for heterosexuals who wish not to marry but also for same-sex couples, as reported in an August 1st, 2011 New York Law Journal article. Although New York legalized same-sex marriages in July, many same-sex couples do not wish to make the ultimate leap into marriage yet. While others who…

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A law firm retained by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City found that the diocese failed to respond to sexual abuse claims against its own priests, as reported in a September 1, 2011 New York Times article. Accusations have been levied against Rev. Michael Tierney, who is thought to have sexually abused minors and…

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Iowa legalized same-sex marriage for four whole hours, as reported in a September 1st, 2011 New York Times article. A lower court judge in Iowa ruled the state banned on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional and overturned the state law. Word of the law being overturned spread fast and many same-sex couples rushed to the county…

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Losing one’s spouse comes with additional financial woes on top of the emotional. According to a New York Times article published September 3, 2011, the recently widowed may be more prone to falling into financial pitfalls. The death of a spouse can leave many financial issues left unattended, and women often take on these concerns.…

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Feminists around the world are asking whether or not China just took a huge step backwards? According to a September 7th, 2011 New York Times published article, China has reinterpreted a 1980 Marriage Law bill. The bill is now read to state that in the event a married couple divorces, any real property purchased prior…

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Cohabitation agreements are becoming more of the norm in today’s society, as reported in an August 1st, New York Law Journal article. Roughly 40% of adults in the U.S. have lived with a significant other for an extended period of time without receiving any of the benefits of being married. Additionally, a recent AARP study…

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When forming a cohabitation agreement there are a few issues that must be addressed in the document to protect the parties best interest, as reported in an August 1st, 2011 New York Law Journal article. One issue is deciding what terms and conditions will lead to the termination of the contract. The courts view statements…

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The economy has made an impact on society across the board, including on the average family’s living arrangement. Instead of getting married or divorced nowadays, more and more couples are turning to “cohabitation,” mainly because it is cheaper than a wedding or a divorce. However, when in a cohabiting situation there are still rules that…

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Divorce is a life altering event that affects a number of different aspects of a person’s life, and some of these aspects are often overlooked. Once a divorce is finalized it is important to review all of the details of your current status to make sure that you did not forget something. One of the…

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  You are cordially invited to Bonnie and Charles Bronfman’s party in celebration of their divorce. Divorce, that’s right, a party celebrating the couples’ divorce. But the Bronfmans aren’t the only divorcing couple that has started to follow this new trend, as reported in a May 13th, 2011 New York Times article. Many couples facing…

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Same-sex married couples in New York cannot only enjoy the right to marry but now they can enjoy some of the state tax privileges too, as reported in an August 6th New York Times article. New York state tax laws have now been modified to extent tax benefits to those same-sex couples who are married.…

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A New York family court ruled in favor of a wife for legal fees in a messy divorce, reported the New York Law Journal on August 6th, 2011. A divorcing wife petitioned the New York family court seeking a divorce on the grounds of constructive abandonment, which the husband neither admits nor denies too. After…

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A Brooklyn Supreme Court ruled that a divorcing wife was allowed to sue her husband for theft of an academic paper, reported the New York Law Journal in an April 11th, 2011 article. Prior to getting married the couple worked together researching and writing an academic paper in hopes of getting it published. At that…

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The Department of Social Services brought a petition against father Derrick K in Matter of Joshua J. v. Derrick K (August 18) for neglect of his 4 year old son, Joshua. Joshua was placed with Derrick under Family Court Act 1055. According to the decision, published in the August 26, 2011 “New York Law Journal,”…

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Courts aren’t any closer to recognizing polygamist’s “spiritual marriages.” Warren Jeffs, a well-known polygamist leader, was sentenced to life in prison on August 9th for sexually assaulting two under-age girls, as reported in an August 10th, 2011 New York Times article. Warren Jeffs argued that under his religious beliefs the under-age girls were his wives…

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One of the key theories in economics is the ‘supply and demand’ theory, and it appears this holds true in marriage too. In an August 23, 2011 New York Times article, economist apply the ‘supply and demand’ theory towards finding a spouse. Under the supply and demand principle, when something is high demand the value…

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More and more Italians are making trips to Romania and other European countries, but they are not your typical tourist. They are what Europeans are now dubbing “Divorce Tourists” as reported in an August 14th, 2011 New York Times article. Divorce has been on the rise recently in Italy but under the Italian law, a…

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A father of three children petitioned the Appellate Division, Fourth Department court in an effort to modify his child support payments. The father was having difficulty finding employment within the scope of his skills, reported the New York Law Journal on May 2nd 2011. The father argued that his “unique talents” required him to broaden…

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Unmarried parents are becoming a new trend in American and fast. The New York Times reported in an August 16th, 2011 article the number of unmarried American parents has increased significantly since 1970. Currently it is more likely for children to have unmarried parents than divorced ones. Although the parents of the child may be…

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  A class-action suit brought against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s company for allegedly discrimination was dismissed, as reported in an August 17th, 2011 New York Time article. The lawsuit was brought against Bloomberg’s company for allegedly discriminating against women employees who have returned from maternity leave. The class-action included 65 women employees who all claim…

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  An ugly divorce leads to the eviction of a family friend, as reported in a July 26th, 2011, New York Times article. Chana and Simon Taub filed for divorce in 2005 and have been fighting over marital assets ever since. Their divorce first gained the public’s attention after the court ruled to divide their…

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  Most American parents dread having the “birds and bees” talk with their children. But according to a New York Times op-ed article published July 23rd, 2011, it is in the best interest of the family to open the doors of communication. A recent study conducted by Amy Schalet, an assistant professor at the University…

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  A Vermont bed and breakfast inn is facing hot water after refusing to allow a same-sex couple to use their facility for their wedding. According a July 19th, 2011 New York Times article the couple had made arrangements with the inn to use the location for their fall wedding. However, the inn abruptly canceled…

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According to a New York Times article published on July 19th, 2011, President Barack Obama’s views on gay and lesbian rights could be “evolving.” President Obama ran for president promising to be a strong fighter for equality among the gay and lesbian community, and he delivered. Since being in office President Obama added crimes committed…

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  For years determining an appropriate alimony settlement has been a courtroom guessing game that could leave the asking party with more legal bills then spousal support. However, New York in the last year has made significant changes to their marital laws, as reported in a July 3rd, 2011 New York Times opinion’s article. Last…

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  The battle for equality rages on for same-sex married couples. In a July 16th, 2011 New York Times article, gay rights’ advocates have now turned their attention to gaining equal benefits for same-sex married couples who have a spouse currently serving in the U.S. military. The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy is expected to…

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  The attorney representing a polygamous family who recently filed a lawsuit spoke out in a July 21st, 2011, New York Times article. Jonathan Turley is presently representing Kody Brown, his four wives, and 16 children in their legal battle to legalize polygamy. Mr. Turley explains in the article that the Browns are not trying…

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  Gay rights’ activists are still fighting to gain the right to marry in every state. But one underrepresented group is just starting to gain the media’s attention on their fight to gain the right to marry. And marry. And marry again. Kody Brown is known from the popular TLC television show, “Sister Wives,” which…

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  Japan is working towards strengthening the rights of foreign parents who are in international child-custody disputes. Japan’s government is currently working to ratify the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Japan is one of only seven nations who have not joined the convention, which restricts a foreign parent from…

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  Gay rights’ activists have fought long and hard to legalize same-sex marriages in states like New York. But now it looks like they will be fighting for the right to end their marriage too. A July 3rd, 2011 New York Times article addressed the many issues that same-sex couples are now facing when their…

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Joe Levin is a New Yorker, a retired member of the Israeli army, a loving husband, a practicing Orthodox Jew, and a private investigator. No, this is not a new Law and Order or CSI spin-off television show. Mr. Levin is an extremely disciplined Orthodox Jewish man who happens to work as a private investigator…

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  Demands from the religious community have run over into the secular world for Aharon Friedman, as reported in a January 3rd, 2011 New York Times article. Mr. Friedman is the tax counsel for the Republicans on the House Ways and Mean Committee and a practicing Orthodox Jew. In the political world, Mr. Friedman is…

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Everyone dreams about winning the lottery. On July 24th, 2011, 764 couples will win the lottery in New York, the matrimonial lottery that is. According to a July 20th, 2011 New York Law Journal article, New York will putting all couples registering for a marriage licenses on July 24th into a large lottery and draw…

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Social networking has changed a lot of ways people communicate with each other. But now it has even changed the legal system. Many lawyers have started to investigate their clients, witnesses, and parties on both sides of the legal dispute. And now jurors can be add to the list of people to stalk-I mean watch.…

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Recently housekeepers have been in the news headlines for many scandals. From Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lovechild to Dominique Strauss-Kahn alleged sexual assault. These high profile personals have found themselves in a lot of trouble dealing with their housekeepers. But high profile persons aren’t the only ones that can get into trouble for misconduct regarding a household…

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  You are cordially invited to Bonnie and Charles Bronfman’s party in celebration of their divorce. Divorce, that’s right, a party celebrating the couples’ divorce. But the Bronfmans aren’t the only divorcing couple that has started to follow this new trend, as reported in a May 13th, 2011 New York Times article. Many couples facing…

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  Same-sex couples in New York are now entitled to more protections, rights and benefits now that same-sex marriages have been legalized, as reported in a June 28th, 2011 New York Times article. Partners in a same-sex marriage are now entitled, under state law, to automatic state-sanctioned protections and benefits. These benefits include, but aren’t…

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  One man is learning the value of paying his bills on time. Twelve days of interest on a missed spousal support payment could equal to over $750,000 owed to his ex-wife, reported The New York Times on June 27th, 2011. The Connecticut Supreme Court ordered Brady W. Dougan, the chief executive for Credit Suisse,…

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  New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo led the campaign to legalize same-sex marriages in New York and his supporters are paying him back, literally. The New York Times reported in a July 16th 2011 article that Empire State Pride Agenda and other gay-rights groups have made large contributions to the Governor’s campaign. Since January,…

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  “Brazil is taking over from Thailand as a premier sex tourism vacation spot,” said Kristen Berg, an official of Equality Now, in a New York Times article published on July 9th, 2011. A Georgia based fishing vacation company is facing a criminal investigation and charges for supplying their customers with illegal drugs and underage…

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  Same-sex married couples are now receiving their state rights in New York but federal rights are still being withheld, reported the New York Law Journal in a July 1st, 2011 article. The Defense of Marriage Act, better known as DOMA, is still in affect and defines marriage between a man and a woman. Because…

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  A New York court recently ruled against a husband who argued that the state of New York lacked personal jurisdictional over him, reported the New York Law Journal on June 6th, 2011. The husband was served a summons from his wife while he was visiting New York in October. The husband attempted to argue…

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