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Robert DeNiro and Grace Hightower Prepare to Battle over Prenups

The actor and his now-estranged wife prepare to battle over prenups. The couple signed a prenuptial agreement prior to their 2004 marriage, an agreement which Hightower claims is invalid. DeNiro claims that the prenup limits Hightower to about $6 million in property, plus about $1 million annually in alimony. But Hightower claims she is entitled…
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Report: Rise in Pet-Nuptial Agreements in New York

According to reporting from the New York Post, a type of prenuptial agreement colloquially referred to as a ‘pet-nup’ is becoming increasingly popular among younger couples. Based on a survey conducted by Direct Line Pet Insurance, researchers found that approximately one in twenty pet owners report that they created a pet-nuptial agreements specifically to deal…
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New York Bill Would End the State’s 27-Year Ban on Paid Surrogacy Contracts

According to reporting from the Gotham Gazette, a group of New York legislators is pushing a bill that would end the state’s 27-year ban on paid surrogacy contracts. Known as the Child-Parent Security Act, the bill is making its way through the state legislature and, if passed into law, would both end the paid surrogacy…
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After Nearly Fifty Years, Woman Awarded $150,000 in Child Support

A story out of California made national headlines recently when a single mother won $150,000 in overdue child support for her 52-year-old daughter. As reported by CNN, Toni Anderson, a San Diego, California woman, was initially granted child support for a divorce that took place in the early 1970s. When she got a divorce in…
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Divorce Rate Falling Nationally; But Less So in Central New York

Study after study has shown that the divorce rate in the United States has dropped considerably in recent decades. From its peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the national divorce rate nationwide has fallen to a five-decade low. The lowest point in the ‘no-fault’ divorce era. Over the last decade, the nation’s divorce…
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Understanding the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Recent research discussed in USA Today suggests that young children who witness domestic abuse are just as likely to develop emotional and learning problems as those who suffer from the abuse themselves. Likewise, the research seems to suggest that young children who live in abusive homes often display symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Similar…
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Home DNA Tests Reveal 20% of Men Are Not the Father

Recent reports from AlphaBiolabs a leading home DNA kit manufacturer, reveal that as many as 20% of all men who take the test will discover they are not in fact the father of the child they are testing. This remarkable statistic raises serious questions for many would-be dads and concerned fathers alike. Reports suggest that…
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New York Woman’s Indictment Could Affect Visitation Rights

When a Long Island, NY woman was indicted on January 3, 2019 for attempting to poison her husband, the implications of the criminal allegations extended far beyond potential jail time. The parental rights of the mother of two children, ages four and eight years old, is in jeopardy.. A divorce case is now proceeding in Suffolk County Family Court. Issues related to minor children are…
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