Family Law News

Studies show couples wait until after holidays to divorce
When it comes to divorce filings, December has historically been the calm before the storm that makes landfall in January, and reaches its peak, both nationally and locally, in March.

Facebook Profile Is Fair Game in Custody Battle: Judge
A Westchester judge has ruled that the postings on Facebook of a woman involved in a child custody case are admissible as evidence that she was away from the home during much of the child's early years.

Terrence Howard in Court Trying to Undo Divorce Agreement
Empire star, Terrence Howard, is back in court in California in an attempt to undo a divorce agreement that he entered into 2012.

Decedent's Former Partner Can Inherit Estate, Judge Says
A New York City Surrogate's Court judge has deemed that one party to a same-sex union can act as the executor and inherit from his former partner's estate even though the couple broke up and the deceased remarried. As same-sex marriage was not legalized in the state until 2011, the couple cannot be considered divorced.

Damon Dash Failing to Pay Child Support
There are now two warrants for the hip hop mogul's arrest as Dash is said to owe almost $400,000 in child support.

Serial Bride Allegedly Had 10 Marriages With No Divorces
A New York City woman is facing four years in jail for lying on applications for marriage licenses at various locations including Long Island.

U.S. Representative Israel and Justice Budd Divorcing
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Acting State Supreme Court Justice Marlene Budd are divorcing. The case will be heard in Suffolk County, but the supervising judge of Westchester's matrimonial courts will preside.

Patrick Dempsey's Wife Filed For Divorce
After 15 years of marriage, Jillian Fink filed for divorce from her actor husband Patrick Dempsey. She is seeking joint custody of their three children, child support and spousal support. Reportedly, the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement.

Stalker Alerts Available to Domestic Violence Survivors
A new electronic system called the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN-NY) allows victims of domestic violence to be alerted when certain events occur in relation to their cases, such as the service of a restraining order on a perpetrator or the release of an abuser from custody.

Broker Cheats on Wife, Then Has Her Kicked Out of Country Club: Suit
A wealthy Nassau County, New York couple is in the middle of a nasty divorce involving allegations that the husband was cheating with various women and defamed the wife, resulting in a defamation suit seeking $20 million.

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