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Sometimes the Law Can Make You Sick!

Under current New York Law, persons with no biological or adoptive relationship with a child have no “standing” to assert visitation and/or custody rights to a child, regardless of the nature and duration of their relationship. These issues arise more...

CHILD SUPPORT TRAVESTY

Does it really make sense to incarcerate child support debtors if it is clear that they have no funds to pay, or even the ability to borrow funds to satisfy their obligations? Take the case of Damian. In 1999 a child support hearing was commenced with respect to his...

Till Death Do Us Part?

Two days after a man died in a Brooklyn hospital in November 2008, his wife signed an authorization for cremation of the body. The next day the hospital released the body to a funeral home and a day later the body was delivered to a cemetery and cremated. This...

Stereotypes Only Go So Far

We all should eschew cultural stereotypes, especially if we might be inclined to make important life decisions based thereon. That is what a father and a New York Family Court referee recently learned in Manhattan. The father, who lived in Manhattan, had responded to...

Sometimes It’s Best to Leave Well Enough Alone

In a 2007 Rockland County Family Court case, Mom and Dad agreed that they would have joint decision making (legal custody) of their minor child and that the child would primarily live with their mother. Now, the mother files a petition seeking permission to relocate...

Caught in a “Web” of Lies

Despite what one might think, a custody case is not an open forum for one party to take the floor and use that time to explain to the judge what a terrible person the other side is. Instead of highlighting his or her own strengths as a parent, the party instead uses...
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