Monthly Archives: December 2011

New York Family Courts Open to the Public

Recently, I wrote about the lack of openness in New York’s Family Courts; causal observers were barred from the courtrooms which were only accessible to the litigants and their attorneys. The Office of Court Administration just issued a set of  Guidelines for Family Court judges to ensure open access to the courts by the public…
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Four Tips To Protect Same-Sex Married Couples in New York

Though New York now recognizes same sex marriage, most states and the federal government do not.   While a valid marriage confers a number of legal rights upon a lawfully wed couple, if the parties find themselves in a jurisdiction that does not recognize same sex marriage, they may not be accorded the rights accorded a…
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New York’s Family Court: A Conflict Between Privacy and Transparency

The courtrooms of New York’s Family Court are supposed to be open to the public, but, in practice they are not.   William Glaberson recently reported in The New York Times that the courtrooms are often off limits to all but the litigants and their attorneys. The Florida Divorce Blog commenting on the Time’s article, enumerated…
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