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New York Courts Allow Testimony of Battered Women’s Syndrome

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,

New York County Supreme Court: The Mecca For NY Uncontested Divorce Cases

An article published in Today’s edition of the New York Law Journal highlighted the longstanding practice among New York divorce lawyers of filing uncontested divorce cases in New York County (Manhattan) rather than in other boroughs. In the article, several divorce lawyers expressed their preference for filing in Manhattan because the divorces tend to proceed

If You Want to Win Your Divorce Case, You Need a Divorce Lawyer Who Focuses on Financial Details

To achieve a successful outcome in divorce – whether through negotiation, motion practice, or trial – a divorce lawyer must carefully focus on financial details. Bank account records, credit card statements, pay stubs, 1099 forms, income tax returns, retirement records, account summaries, canceled checks, and other financial information and materials must be thoroughly examined and

Federal Court in Brooklyn Denies School District’s Motion to Vacate Age Discrimination Verdict

After a two-week trial, a jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned a unanimous verdict in favor of a 47-year-old special education teacher who claimed that the Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District terminated his employment on account of his age. Last week, District Court Judge Joseph F. Bianco (United States District Court, Eastern District) rejected the

July, 2013 Discrimination Law Update: New York Courts Buck the National Trend with Decisions that Enhance Workplace Protection under NYCHRL

Although we have just approached the midpoint of 2013, it is already apparent that this year will long be remembered for its paradigm-shifting changes in civil rights law. On the federal level, there has been an alarming rollback of civil rights protections. The U.S. Supreme Court’s curtailment of voting rights has been particularly painful for

New York Appellate Court Affirms Award of Custody Without a Trial

Contested custody disputes are, without question, the most stressful of all family law cases. In every custody dispute, each parent faces the daunting prospect that a complete stranger will decide, based on limited information, the role that he or she will have in the life of their child. In New York – as in other

Parent’s Willingness to Encourage and Facilitate Relationship Between Child and Other Parent is a Significant Factor in Custody Determination

In New York, the adjudication of custody disputes often entails a years-long process involving multiple court appearances, an appointment of attorneys to represent the subject children, and temporary orders. In many cases, the behavior the parties while the custody case is pending provides valuable information to the court about which parent is better suited to

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