Author Archives: Bryan Salamone

Recent Ruling Reinforces Spheres of Custodial Influence

A recent Second Judicial Department ruling affirmed spheres of custodial influence in a New York custody case. Shared legal and physical custody is now a common post-divorce parenting arrangement. With the trend toward shared time and decision-making responsibility, some couples experience difficulty communicating with each other in the best interests of their children. My firm… Read More »

Be Prepared for Divorce Court

Involvement in a contentious divorce matter is easier when you know what to expect. Most people hope for an easy, quick divorce. While almost no one achieves it, some divorces are worse than others. And still other divorce experiences linger in bitterness and legal fees for years. Our firm aggressively supports the rights and wishes… Read More »

Basketball Player Nets Lawsuit on Child Education Expenses

Are divorced parents required to pay educational expenses for their children?  A former New York Knicks player is about to find out. In April, the ex-wife of Metta World Peace, the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest, filed a legal action in Manhattan Family Court in support of educational expenses for their gifted 13-year-old… Read More »

The Politics of Marriage: Just Say No?

A new book suggests working-class women should just say no to marriage. In late April, an article in Slate took a look at an upcoming book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality Is Remaking the American Family, authored by two professors of law. The book lays out an argument for social, economic and legal changes that make… Read More »

Amicable Divorce: Sometimes it Happens

Hollywood celebrity divorce — three words that guarantee must-see headlines and furtive pictures by the paparazzi. Recently, one celebrity couple took the high road during their divorce. Best known for playing the role of Rose in Two and a Half Men, Melanie Lynskey married actor Jimmi Simpson in 2007. The couple met on a television… Read More »

In Sickness or in Health: Not

A new study suggests older women are more likely to be widowed — and more likely to become divorced if they become ill. Getting older is hard enough. Dealing with the infirmities of age with a spouse is shown to increase health and well-being through the years. New findings presented recently at the annual meeting… Read More »

Confidentiality During Divorce: Who Knows?

For people concerned about privacy during divorce, knowing the safeguards and smart steps to protect your confidentiality are important. Divorce used to be considered dirty laundry but is now commonplace. Almost everybody knows someone with a divorce story to tell. The question is, who do you want to know your divorce story? In New York,… Read More »

Did Porn Cause Your Divorce?

Does viewing porn affect attitudes toward extramarital affairs?  A recent study says yes. Using the General Social Survey (GSS), an ongoing survey that measures societal attitudes, researchers looked at data provided by more than 500 married adults during the years 2006 and 2008. The study explored how viewing pornography might affect future attitudes toward extramarital… Read More »

Court Affirms Same-Sex Spouses as Parents

The Monroe County Supreme Court recently affirmed same-sex spouses are both parents to a child born during their marriage. The state of New York, when appropriate, seeks to legitimatize the parenthood of two people who are parents to a child of their marriage. In this case, the birth mother of a child born into a… Read More »

New York State Court Ruling: “OK to Spank Your Kids”

Last Wednesday, the state Appellate Division found that a father’s spanking of his son “was a reasonable use of force.” The court overruled Suffolk County Family Court’s determination that the father had abused his son “by inflicting excessive corporal punishment.” NY Family Court defines an abused child as one whose parent or other person legally… Read More »