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Court Imposes Ultimate New York Child Support Enforcement Remedy: Prison


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A New York parent who fails to pay his or her child support obligations faces a long list of potential penalties, including forfeiture of their driver's license and passport.  In truly egregious cases, courts can sentence non-compliant child support obligors to jail.  This is precisely what happened to the obligor-father in the case Longman vs. Longman. Last week, the Appellate Division for the Second Department upheld a trial court... Read more »

Prenuptial Agreements are Alive and Well in New York


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Earlier this year, Elizabeth Cioffi-Petrakis won an appeal overturning a bizarre premarital agreement with her millionaire husband.  At the time, New York divorce lawyers described the decision as a landmark ruling.  The decision garnered widespread attention in the media.  Several of New York’s celebrity divorce attorneys suggested that the appellate court’s decision would have the effect of making it easier for dependent (non-monied) spo... Read more »

Bullying in the Workplace: A New York Employment Lawyer’s Call for Action


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In recent years, much needed attention has finally been given to the horrific epidemic of bullying in our nation’s schools.  Previously, the phenomenon of bullying in schools and colleges was relegated to the subject of jokes or parody.  The message sent by Hollywood films such as Revenge of the Nerds  was, in sum and substance, “get over it”.  For decades, victimization by bulli ... Read more »

New York Lawyer Files Lawsuit to Hold NYC and Dept. of Education Responsible for Teen’s Suicide Due to Bullying


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By Marc A. Rapaport September 20th, 2013 The attorneys at Rapaport Law Firm strongly support the efforts of our colleague, Ted Kessler, Esq., who is the attorney for the family of bullied teen Joel Morales in their lawsuit against New York City, the Department of Education, and bullying teens who subjected young Joel to years of torment and abuse. The unrelenting and torturous abuse endured by young Joel Morales led to his... Read more »

Domestic Violence Expert Takes Stand on Behalf of Woman Accused of Murder in New Zealand


This week, Jessica Keefe, a New Zealand woman who is on trial for murdering Sean Verma, is presenting testimony by a domestic violence expert about Ms. Keefe's state of mind at the time of the alleged stabbing. Earlier in the trial, the prosecutor described the relationship between Ms. Keefe and Mr. Verma as having been violent. Typically, domestic violence experts testify about the characteristics of a battering relationship... Read more »

Never Send Confidential Information to Your Divorce Lawyer from Your Employer-Provided Email Account


There are few things more important for an effective relationship between a client and their divorce attorney than their ability to communicate with each other in absolute confidence. This is known as attorney client privilege. The doctrine of attorney client privilege is so important that it is codified in New York Law. Specifically, Section 450 ... Read more »

New York Courts Allow Testimony of Battered Women’s Syndrome


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At some point in his or her career, every divorce lawyer will encounter a case in which one of the parties exhibits symptoms of battered women’s syndrome. The term, which is sometimes abbreviated BWS, first came into usage in the 1970’s, and is used to describe the behavioral pattern of a person who is emotionally, psychologically and/or phys ... Read more »