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Category Archives: Family Law

Fault-based divorce in New York: Does it still exist and how often is it used?

New York was infamously the last state in the union to institute a regime of divorce law that did not require one party to prove the other was “at fault” in some way in order to obtain a divorce. New York didn’t get around to doing this until 2010. The story of how it finally […]

Family Law on Screen: The Affair, Season 2

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, […]

Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd Partner Jacqueline Newman Interview by Piers Morgan on Madonna’s Messy Custody Dispute

Jacqueline Newman, managing partner of Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, 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 resides […]

Relocation Issues

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 […]

Family Law Attorneys of Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP Open New Office in Warren, New Jersey

The boutique family law firm of Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP opens a new office to better serve its family law clients in the Northern and Central New Jersey area. The law firm of Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP announces it has opened a new office to serve its family law clients in […]

Preventing International Child Abductions

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 […]

Good Agreements Make Good Arrangements

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 […]

Common Law Marriages in New York State

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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