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Party Who Accepts Benefits of Marital Settlement Agreement Waives Right to Challenge its Validity: Second Department Weighs In


In its December 10, 2014 decision in Sabowitz v. Sabowitz, the Appellate Division, Second Department, affirmed the granting of summary judgment dismissing the husband’s challenge to the validity of the parties’ stipulation in which they settled their divorce action. That award had been made below by Supreme Court, Kings County Justice Eric I. Prus. Read more »

Second Department Appellate Division: If you Need to Take an Appeal, Submit an Adequate Appellate Record or You Will Lose


Matrimonial trials are devastatingly expensive.  Appeals, when necessary, add even more insult to that financial injury.  Yet, if things do not go your way at trial, you may have no choice other than to seek appellate review. At that juncture, there is (for obvious reasons) a desire on the part of many litigants to proceed as cost-effectively as possible.  Having already spent tens of thousands of dollars (and, in many instances, hundreds... Read more »