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Every dog has its day- a day of trial in a New York divorce court to determine which “parent” will obtain custody. Increasingly, custody of cats and dogs are issues in family law cases. While our pets are beloved family members, New York courts, up to now, have been reluctant to consider them anything other...

Best wishes to all for an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. May your day be full of family and friends around a table full of delicious food and drink!   Daniel Clement  

The child relocation cases just keep coming. Recently, a mother was allowed to relocate so she could accept a job, which permitted her to support her family. In another case, a mother lost custody when the court found that a mother’s relocation, purportedly to accept a job, was really an attempt to thwart the father’s...

In a contested divorce case, there are a lot of moving parts.   There are procedural rules that guide how you get to court and how the case progresses though the court system.   There are the substantive laws that define the parties’ rights to equitable distribution, custody, maintenance and child support. Then there are the rules of evidence....

One parent seeking to move with children, either within or out of New York, is one of the common scenarios I see and write about.   When the non- custodial parent has a good relationship with the children, the disputes are gut wrenching; the court is compelled to make a Solomon-like decision On one hand, a...

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