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I'm Pregnant, It's Not Yours... But You're the Father!

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 4:16 PM

A New York woman decided, over her husband's vociferous protests, to get artificially inseminated during their marriage. The parties were married in the Mormon faith and their marriage was immediately tumultuous. The wife was physically abusive to her husband. At the same time, she allowed her health to deteriorate by...

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Does No Fault Divorce Require Fault?

(29) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 12:35 PM

On October 12, 2010, New York's "no fault" divorce law went into effect. Although the term "no fault" is not actually contained in the statute, the common sense interpretation thereof, or so we all thought, was that New York residents who wanted a divorce would no longer have...

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The NFL Lockout, Child Support and Visitation

(22) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 2:28 PM

As I currently represent two NFL players in their Family Court matters, I wanted to write about how the NFL lockout has had a negative impact on NFL players' salaries and their family life-- most of all, child support.

After the hoopla of the Super Bowl died down in...

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Ringmaster: Handling the Celebrity Divorce

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 7:39 PM

When handling a legal matter for a celebrity client, especially in the family law arena, an attorney must not only handle the legal strategy, but also take on the Herculean task of being the ringmaster of what usually is a three-ring circus.

The first ring consists of the celebrity themselves....

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Millionaire Matchmaker, My Life, and Divorce

(13) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Like Alice through the looking glass, so began my sojourn into the world of reality television--the Millionaire Matchmaker being the mirror melting in front of me. If you are unfamiliar with the hit reality show on Bravo, the Millionaire Matchmaker, allow me to run it down for you....
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Divorce 'Cents': Flat Fee Divorce

(10) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 4:42 PM

So far as I know, the tradition of paying attorneys by the hour is older as the Abraham Lincoln quote: "A lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade". However, I am putting a new spin on our 16th President's quote by stating that paying for time only encourages...

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The Recession & Divorce

(6) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 2:03 PM

Money is a common source of conflict in many relationships and is often the cause of divorce. One would think that difficult economic times would increase quarrels over finances and ultimately lead to heightened divorce rates. In fact, the opposite is true. An article written by...

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The Challenges of Child Custody

(7) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 10:22 AM

Going through a divorce is one of the most difficult experiences one can face. It is often emotionally draining, time consuming, and costly. Divorce becomes even more challenging when children are involved and issues over custody arise.

There are several factors a court must weigh before deciding...

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Moving New York State Forward With the No-Fault Divorce Bill

(11) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 8:00 AM

Under previous New York State divorce law, one spouse must have alleged one of the
enumerated grounds set forth by the state legislature to obtain a divorce. However, on August
16th, Governor Paterson signed the "No Fault" divorce bill into law. This means New York
finally joins...

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