Recent Blog Posts

Grounds for Divorce—No One’s Fault

On October 12, 2010, New York became the last state in the country to adopt a no-fault provision as grounds[H1] for ending a marriage. Domestic Relations Law §170(7) now allows for dissolution of marriage if one party swears under oath the marriage relationship has broken down irretrievably and if major issues such as support, child… Read More »

The Need for Strong Representation

Almost all people getting divorced need an attorney. Even if couples work out agreements over the kitchen table, an attorney experienced with family law should review those arrangements. At the outset, most people getting divorced have no idea what kind of attorney[H1] they need. They just know they want a good one—someone who hears their… Read More »

Interference Can Be a Game Changer

In a decision entered in June of this year, the Appellate division, Third Department, upheld a Family Court finding that interference by a custodial parent was a significant change in circumstances sufficient to alter a designation of primary custody. In Keefe v Adams[H1], a 2007 order provided joint legal custody to the parents of a… Read More »

Child Custody Basics

Few divorce decisions are as emotionally fraught as those involving custody of minor children. Divorcing spouses who agree on other issues can quickly reach an impasse where children are involved. Too often, protracted custody battles are thinly disguised attempts to manipulate support obligations[H1] , deny equal parental rights, or alienate a child from a non-custodial… Read More »

Fathers — A Matter of Rights

Without question, a father seeking sole or even joint custody of his children without agreement of the mother has a tough case ahead of him. New York courts[H1] decide child custody matters based on the best interests of children. Historically, payment of custody support and visitation was allocated to fathers while child custody was awarded… Read More »

Divorce in New York

Divorce is difficult and even couples who split amicably find themselves facing questions, disagreements, and lifestyle changes they never imagined. Significant decisions made during divorce affect the rest of your life—and the lives of your children. That is why it is so crucial to retain a strong, experienced family law firm. Our many years spent… Read More »

Mothers’ Rights in New York

Fathers’ rights are a hot topic in the media and in the courtroom. Fathers trying to gain custody can download books and join websites to learn techniques to help win custody and visitation or find out 140 violations a father can use against his challenger. This call to arms is a response to the historic… Read More »

A Brighter Road Ahead

Divorce can be a tough process—an oftentimes gritty assessment of assets, income, and lifestyle. A contentious divorce or child custody dispute trains a spotlight upon minutiae that can suddenly become very important. Details of your life that you thought private might become the focus of legal attention. Consider these tips for successfully navigating your divorce:… Read More »

Impact of Social Media on Divorce

With 500 million Facebook visitors each month, social media networking is now a way of life. But another noteworthy statistic is the growing number of divorce cases that stem from incriminating posts on networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. According to a 2010 survey [CK1] by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 81… Read More »

Is Mediation the Best Route for You?

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a cost- and time-effective divorce option that enables couples to avoid contentious litigation. Two types of ADR used in family law in New York are mediation and the collaborative divorce[H1] process. Mediation employs the use of a trained, neutral third party, such as an attorney or other trained specialist, to… Read More »