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Tax Reform’s Effect on Spousal Support

Posted on January 4, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017, includes a change that will have a big effect on divorcing parties in the coming year. Beginning on January 1, 2019, spousal support, also known as maintenance or alimony, will no longer be deductible for tax purposes.… continue reading

No Eviction of Spouse While Divorce Action is Pending

Posted on December 18, 2017

On September 28, 2017, the Landord Tenant Part of the District Court, Nassau County, issued a decision staying a holdover action pending the resolution of a related divorce currently pending before the Supreme Court, because the property in question was potentially marital property subject to equitable distribution. Nabeela Bashir, the respondent in the holdover action,… continue reading

Same-Sex Parenting Rights Expanded

Posted on December 14, 2017

On September 27, 2017, the Family Court, Nassau County, issued a decision finding that a non-biological mother, J.C., had standing to seek custodial and visitation rights for two subject children who were the biological children of the respondent, N.P. This case, titled J.C. v. N.P., is a next step on the question of same-sex parenting rights… continue reading

Refusal to Host Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony

Posted on March 20, 2016

On January 14, 2016, the Appellate Division Third Department, affirmed a decision of the State Division of Human Rights (“SDHR”) finding a violation of the Human Rights Law due to discriminatory practices based upon sexual orientation. The case, Gifford v. McCarthy, 520410, NYLJ 1202747185791 (App. Div. 3rd), dealt with discriminatory actions of the petitioners, Cynthia… continue reading

Strategy

Posted on June 24, 2015

Review of your case and strategy.  Clients many times walk into my office seeking relief from the court, that is just not possible given the facts of their case and the current law.  Some attorneys will just tell a client what she or he wants to hear and take on any case.  I do not… continue reading

Paternity-How do I find out if I’m the father of a child?

Posted on June 4, 2015

Paternity equates to fatherhood and must be legally established if the parents of a child are not married to one another. Being the legal parent of a child means you have a right to know your child and contribute to their future. It is also important for the children to know their parents not only… continue reading

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Posted on June 3, 2015

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Prenuptial Agreements – Waiver of Counsel Fees and Spousal Support

Posted on January 26, 2015

On December 16, 2014, the Appellate Division, First Department, held in Anonymous v. Anonymous, 350033/12, NYLJ 1202712899921 at *1 (App. Div., 1st, decided December 16, 2014) a counsel fee waiver provision in a prenuptial agreement might be set aside to allow an award of attorneys fees in a divorce where plaintiff was contesting the maintenance… continue reading

Court Ordered that No Child Support Be Paid By Either Party to the Other

Posted on January 12, 2015

On December 19, 2014, the New York Law Journal publishedA.H. v. G.H., NYLJ 1202706161142, at *1 (Sup., KI, Decided November 24, 2014). The Supreme Court, Kings County, resolved an interesting motion and cross-motion by declining to apply the standards contained in the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) in determining temporary child support. Instead, due to… continue reading

New York Court States That Prenuptial Agreement is Valid Despite Contentions

Posted on December 22, 2014

On October 30, 2014, the New York Law Journal published Braha v. Braila. 53005/2013, NYLJ 1202674775399, at *1 (Sup., KI., Decided October 14, 2014). The Court in this matter held that a prenuptial agreement could not be set aside despite contentions that the parties never intended for it to be enforced and that they tore… continue reading