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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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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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