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New York Appellate Court Denies a Parental Alienation Claim

On October 9th, 2019, the New York Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department affirmed a lower court ruling in favor of a mother in a parental alienation claim. In the case of Pandis v. Lapas, the court determined that it was appropriate to award sole custody of the children to the mother. Additionally, it denied the…
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New York Appeals Court Affirms Sole Custody Ruling On the Ground that Parents Cannot Effectively Communicate

On October 4th, 2019, the New York Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department denied a child custody appeal filed by a mother—thereby granting a father sole legal custody and sole physical custody of the divorced couple’s child. In the Matter of Keller v. Keller, the New York appeals court determined that the bad relationship between the…
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New York Enacts New Law Limiting Access to Child Custody for Convicted Sex Offenders

In August, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a package of new bills related to a number of different issues, including certain family law rights. Among other things, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that prohibits sex offenders from gaining custody rights over a child that they abused. According to reporting from the New York Daily News,…
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New York Appeals Court Modifies Divorce Judgement On Grounds that Unprofitable Business Partnership Cannot Be Easily Divided

On August 22nd, 2019, the New York Appellate Division, Fourth Department released a decision in the case of Barrett v Barrett — a matrimonial action that involved a spouse seeking a modification of a divorce judgement on the grounds that the initial ruling was unjust and ineffective.  A Lower Court Ordered the Sale of a…
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Matt Lauer’s Hamptons Estate For Sale In Wake of Divorce Settlement

The former Today Show host listed a $44 million home for sale as part of his divorce settlement with ex-wife Annette Roque. Roque and Lauer purchased the sprawling estate, which dates back to 1920, in 2013 from actor Richard Gere. While their divorce was pending, the couple lived together in the sprawling, 12-bedroom, 12-bathroom, 6.2-acre…
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Second Department Muddies the Religious Divorce Waters

A New York appeals court recently vacated a decision which essentially penalized an Orthodox Jewish husband for not giving his wife a certificate of divorce. As such, she was unable to remarry within the faith. In Cohen v. Cohen, the trial court withheld the husband’s marital property share until he gave his wife a Get.…
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Key Family Law Bill Stalls in State Assembly

It now appears that Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner’s bill, which was introduced with much fanfare in January, is a long shot to reach Governor Cuomo’s desk before the legislative session ends. The Bronx Democrat’s bill would allow state family court judges to allow contact between parents who have lost their legal rights and their biological children.…
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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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