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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.

Tensions are high and we are now living in a world where things are changing by the hour. It was only a week or so ago that you could go to the store, and it was simply recommended that you keep a distance from people. Fast forward to today, and everyone at Costco seems to…

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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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Those watching Showtime’s drama series The Affair (and if you aren’t, you should be, it is excellent) have been treated to quite a bit of New York family law over the last two seasons. While HBO’s Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, has gotten the lion’s share of press coverage regarding on-screen depictions of matrimonial discord,…

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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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When the custodial parent of a child wishes to relocate, many factors must be considered by the court to determine if the move is in the best interests of the child. Moving a child to a new state or city can change his or her relationship with the non-custodial parent, aunts, uncles, other extended family…

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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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Our firm concentrates its practice on divorce and family law — the business of helping clients move through domestic transition successfully. Part of our legal practice is recognizing and supporting the unique needs of our clients through well-crafted agreements — whether drafting a prenuptial agreement or a divorce agreement. A recent New York Times article…

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Popular culture perpetuates the myth of common law marriage, usually by setting forth the dictum that if a couple stays together for a period of time such as seven years, they convert their relationship into one that has all the rights of a legally performed and recognized marriage. The reality is that common law marriages…

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