Should Family Court Be Open to the Public? A Lawyer’s Perspective.

The NY Family Courts have recently come under scrutiny for a 1997 law that is not being enforced. A NY Times article published on November 17, 2011 entitled, New York Family Courts Say Keep Out, Despite Order, highlights the issue. The article states that although Family Court has had an open door policy since 1997, […]

What is a child’s “home state”?

NY Courts have the power to decide issues of custody, if NY is the child’s home state.

Home state is defined as the state in which a child lived with a parent or a person acting as a parent for at least six consecutive months immediately before the commencement of a child custody proceeding. […]

Is Adoption the Option for Same-Sex Couples?

As expressed in my earlier blog, because of DOMA, the issue of child custody, visitation and parental rights are sensitive topics and same-sex couples need to understand the legal ramifications when choosing whether to legally adopt a partner’s biological children.

Before the legalization or recognition of same-sex marriage, a non-biological person in a same-sex relationship […]