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Starting this Monday, April 13, 2020, the Bronx County Supreme Court matrimonial part(s) will resume hearing its matrimonial cases. Currently, there are three Matrimonial Parts located within the Bronx Supreme Court, and these parts are presided over by Judge Alpert, Judge Gouldbourne, and Judge McShan, who is transitioning to another division, and Judge Martin. Judge…

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In New York, when a child is born to married parents, the presumption is that the husband is the legal father. When the parents are unmarried, it gets complicated. The law does not assume that the mother’s current boyfriend is the child’s father, and steps need to be taken before the putative father receives parental…

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Divorce has an uncanny way of bringing our most private circumstances to light. Even when the split is an amicable one, details like personal finances, a child’s special needs, and other intimate information take center stage so that they can be addressed and future plans made. Therefore, it’s an alarming thought that your family, friends,…

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Not long after you and your spouse separated, he was laid off from his job. Now that you’ve filed for divorce, he seems determined to remain unemployed, although he insists that he is actively looking for the “right” job. This scenario happens a lot. To reduce the amount of spousal or child support they might…

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Technology is often blamed for situations leading to divorce: social media addiction, flirtation on Tinder, and other gadget-based rudeness and infidelity have all been cited as reasons for relationship breakdown. There are times, however, when technology makes your life easier, especially after divorce. The co-parenting apps listed below all make it easier for you and…

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Being a parent can be overwhelming. We want to do what’s best for our children by disciplining them for inappropriate or unacceptable behavior, but it sometimes happens that people who disapprove of our parenting methods overreact by calling Child Protective Services (CPS), who may conclude their initial investigation by taking the children away. Although CPS…

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Fatherhood includes certain obligations and rights. Once a child’s paternity is established, the father has the right to see him or her and be actively involved in his or her life. Even if he elects not to do so, then he still has both a moral and legal obligation to support the child. When a…

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Same-sex marriage has been legal in New York State since the passing of the Marriage Equality Act in 2011 and, as with all unions, divorce is always an unfortunate possibility. The requirements for same-sex divorce are the same as those that apply to heterosexual couples: you must satisfy the residency requirements set forth in New…

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Many couples turn to sperm banks when they are unable to conceive a child, more specifically, same sex couples who are unable to conceive. Consequently, many sperm donors waive whatever rights or claims they might have on the child produced from their sperm. Today there are ads for sperm donors online, for instance on Craigslist. …

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After having one child disappeared, a southern Florida mother was arrested and charged with child cruelty as reported by a January 29, 2013 CBS news article. Upon being charged the mother’s two other children were removed from her custody and care. The state now must decide whether the mother was involved the first child’s disappearance…

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In New York, a parent may obtain full child custody and visitation rights even if the parents were never married. However, when it comes to a father’s rights they must either have been married to the child’s mother or signed an ‘Acknowledgment of Paternity’ before they are granted custody rights. Legal paternity must be established…

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A New York woman petitioned the Family Court seeking to obtain custody of her cousin’s child. According to a March 4, 2013 New York Law Journal article the child is currently in foster care because the mother was found to have neglected the child’s needs. The woman’s petition was met with hostility from the mother,…

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The children were removed on the grounds that both parents had abandoned and/or permanently neglected their children. This led to their parental rights being terminated by the court, however, both parents appealed this decision.  Although the court ruled in favor of the mother’s appeal, but the father’s rights are still subject to termination. The father…

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A New York mother lost her petition to the child’s father who denied paternity, as reported by the New York Law Journal in a September 14, 2012 article. Upon learning that he was the biological father both the mother and father petitioned seeking sole custody of the child. After reviewing the submitted evidence and documents…

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In New York State, there is a family court located in each of its five boroughs, in addition to the numerous family courts that are located upstate. Today New York City’s family court, which handles disputes that include but not are not limited to divorce, child abuse, child support, paternity, adoptions, and order of protections…

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A bill that challenges the traditional definition of a family passed in the California state Senate and is now in the state Assembly. This bill would allow a child to have more than two parents according to a July 10, 2012 Fox News online article. According to a statement by the bill’s sponsor, it is…

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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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  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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