Blog Posts in 2016

  • Ruling Redefines Definition of Parenthood in New York

    || 12-Oct-2016

    The definition of parenthood in New York has been expanded to honor the rights of non-biological, non-adoptive second parents in non-traditional families. In a landmark ruling, the New York State Court of Appeals has declared that a caretaker who is not related to, or the adoptive guardian of, a child could still petition for custody and visitation rights. The ruling comes from a dispute between a ...
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  • Understanding Gray Divorce & Its Complexities

    || 22-Sep-2016

    Hollywood and family law firms across the country are abuzz right now due to the recent announcement of the Brangelina (Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt) divorce. While most people are interested to see how the property division and child custody agreements will pan out, they are overlooking the fact that this is technically a “gray divorce” for Mr. Pitt, aged 52, soon to be 53. In legal ...
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  • Tips for Winning Your Child Custody Case

    || 12-Jul-2016

    If you are involved in a child custody dispute, in order to best prepare, it is important to understand how custody is decided in New York. In the past, while courts may have heavily favored a mother during custody cases, this is no longer the case. Today, a court will look at the unique situations of both parents and decide custody based on what is in the best interest of the child. This means ...
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  • What is a Preliminary Conference in a Long Island Divorce?

    || 16-May-2016

    The Preliminary Conference in an action for divorce pending in the State of New York is generally the first court conference held in a contested action for divorce. The conference takes place at the courthouse before the Judge assigned to the case and is usually held within 45 days of the Judge being assigned to the case. A Judge is assigned to a divorce action in New York State after a party ...
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  • Grandparents' Visitation Rights in New York

    || 11-May-2016

    Generally, the relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is an important and special relationship. However, sometimes grandparents may find themselves cut off from being able to spend time with their grandchildren due to strained family relationships. In New York State, under certain circumstances, grandparents may seek a court order compelling visitation with their grandchildren. A ...
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