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We understand that right now, many New Yorkers have urgent questions about their parenting and custody agreements and arrangements. Coronavirus and the subsequent restrictions imposed on movement have created a sense of uncertainty for many parents. The firm is currently open for business. We are also offering remote consultations via video chat and phone calls. We are here to answer your pressing questions about your custody arrangements during the coronavirus crisis, as well as to speak about any other family law and divorce issues you may have.

We want you to stay safe and healthy. If you wish to meet with an attorney remotely, we can accommodate that need. If you have questions, please contact us.

It is a difficult time. The brevity of that statement belies the complex and novel circumstances that many of us are experiencing. While COVID-19 is now part of our collective psyche, each of us brings forth our own version of what it means, the best way to cope and care for our children. For some,…

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Covid-19, coronavirus, custody, children and complaining all start with the letter “C”: “It’s not my day.” “It’s your day.” “It’s your weekend.” “It’s not my weekend.” “Bring them back.” “Pick them up.” Whatever the pronouncement, what do you do when your ex’s response is “coronavirus,” the code word for “I don’t care”? Do you take…

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For the past 13 years, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict, has held an annual symposium on the topic of child custody.  During the symposium, family lawyers, psychiatrists, researchers, judges, professors, and other professionals from across the world discuss,…

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Jacqueline Newman, managing partner of Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP, was interviewed last week by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on the popular iTV morning show Good Morning Britain. The topic: the messy and extremely public child custody fight now being waged between Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie over their child Rocco, who currently…

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Parental kidnapping is the most prevalent form of child abduction in the United States. Although many children are taken to another state, when a child is taken out of the country, the situation becomes more difficult because of jurisdictional, legal and linguistic complications. There are several things a parent can do to reduce the likelihood…

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Joint physical custody (a 50/50 access schedule) requires a high level of communication and logistical coordination between parents to be successful. Joint physical custody works better for children in low conflict divorces, where parents are able to cooperate. It may be for this reason that only about ten percent of children from divorced families are…

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