Family Law

Want To Know If You Qualify For An Annulment?

Posted on August 15, 2014

An annulment is possible under specific circumstances. An annulment is when the court determines that the marriage was never valid, and it is cancelled – once granted, it is as if the marriage had never taken place. The grounds for an annulment include the following: A spouse was incapable of engaging in intercourse and the… continue reading

Noncustodial Parent Denied Child Support

Posted on May 6, 2013

On April 18, 2013, the Appellate Division, First Department, ruled in an appeal from the Supreme Court, New York County (Gesmer, J) and held that based on the plain language of the Child Support Standards Act, its legislative history, and its interpretation by the Court of Appeals, a custodial parent who has the child a… continue reading

What Happens on Facebook, May Not Stay on Facebook

Posted on February 28, 2013

On February 14, 2013, the Appellate Division, Third Department, held in the Matter of Melody M. v. Robert M. that a father was entitled to sole legal custody of his three children when it was evinced that the mother, who initially had joint custody of the children, exhibited a lack of insight as to the… continue reading

New Maintenance Rules Increase Temporary Support

Posted on December 2, 2011

In 2010, New York adopted a new system for calculating interim maintenance awards during divorce cases. Although adopted to facilitate the adoption of no-fault divorce, many matrimonial lawyers find the system confusing and potentially inequitable. Under the old system, judges used a “balancing act” to determine temporary maintenance by balancing a couple’s income and expense… continue reading

Child Support

Posted on April 1, 2011

Today’s blog will discuss child support.  Many litigants appear at their child support cases in Family Court without legal representation.  The litigants often are unaware of the law and required documents needed to successfully handle their case until it’s too late and the case is over.  Reversing or modifying a court order is a much… continue reading