Does Equal Shared Parenting Have a Future in New York?
In the past, most custody decisions reflected old attitudes about gender roles and parenting. Following a divorce, minor sons and daughters would live primarily in the home of one parent, almost always the mother, with the other getting visitation rights. Children spending every other weekend with their fathers and pickups at places like McDonald’s became… Read More »
Supervised Visitation in New York
The law places a great deal of importance on preserving the relationship between parent and child. While this certainly makes sense under most circumstances, it can create a frustrating and unsettling scenario for a custodial parent when the other parent has a history of abuse, neglect, violence or mental instability. In New York, a judge… Read More »
I Want to Move — Can I Bring My Children?
The issue of parent relocation is relatively complicated, and each case tends to have a unique set of circumstances that play a significant role in the court’s ultimate decision. There are many factors that may influence the result, including the following issues. The child’s best interests This is the first and most important element in… Read More »
Can Men Win Spousal Support in NY?
There was a time when spousal support, then almost universally known as alimony, was unidirectional — husbands paid wives. This was based on the traditional view of marriage, where women were either solely housewives or employed at far lower-paying jobs, thus making them financially dependent on their husbands even after divorce. Today, the courts look… Read More »
Grounds for Invalidating a Prenup in New York
Invalidating a prenuptial agreement has traditionally been difficult in the state of New York. However, in recent months, former wife of millionaire Peter Petrakis has made it just a little easier. Elizabeth Petrakis alleged that she was fraudulently induced to sign a prenup when her husband-to-be made an oral promise to destroy it once the… Read More »
Asserting Your Paternal Rights
Ariel Castro, the Ohio man accused of holding three women captive in his home in Cleveland, has been confirmed as the father of a six-year-old girl that escaped from the house along with the other women. Castro, who has been indicted by a grand jury on 329 charges for rape and kidnapping, was found to… Read More »