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Category Archives: News

Tune in March 31 to see Jacqueline Newman on Oxygen’s ‘The Piketon Family Murders’

In the early morning hours of April 22, 2016, eight members of the Rhoden family, across four different homes, were murdered in Pike County, Ohio. The inquiry into these brutal slayings – the largest homicide investigation in Ohio history – uncovered a series of shocking familial ties, resentments, feuds, and illegal activity. In November of […]

Jacqueline Newman on the Bezos Divorce

Some divorces – not many, but some – are more than just family dissolutions. When one party holds total or partial control over a powerful business, and that business was formed during the marriage, the stakes become similar to a large-scale corporate takeover. Such is the case in the Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos divorce. Jacqueline […]

Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd Announces 2019 Best Lawyers in America Inductions; Firm Named to Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report

Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd is proud to announce that three of its attorneys have been selected for the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, compiled by US News and World Report, for their work in Family Law. Congratulations to Jacqueline Newman, Barry Berkman, and Marc Fleisher for this honor. The entire firm […]

A Separation Agreement Can Have Unintended Consequences

The internet has been abuzz with news that popular fact-checking and myth-resolving website Snopes has put out a desperate SOS asking its readers for financial assistance to keep it afloat. According to the site: “We had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for Snopes.com. That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, […]

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT from Jacqueline Newman’s Bestseller “Soon to be Ex”

As you may have heard, Jacqueline Newman, managing partner here at Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd and esteemed New York divorce professional, recently released a guide to the ins and outs of divorce, from when to file for it, to how to survive it: “Soon to be Ex: A Guide to Your Perfect Divorce & […]

New York Appellate Court denies separate property credit for marital home

Every few weeks it seems there is a new decision by a New York court, trial or appellate level, that speaks to the importance of obtaining a prenuptial agreement before marriage. Last month, in Klauer v. Abeliovich, the First Department (which handles mid-level appeals from Manhattan trial courts) issued just such a decision. First, some […]

New York’s Highest Court Expands the Definition of “Parent”

In a true landmark ruling, the New York Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest court, has embraced a broader definition of a “parent” which would include the same-sex spouses of biological parents who did not adopt their partner’s child. In doing so, the Court overturned its prior precedent defining parenthood for purposes of custody […]

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