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A same-sex marriage update

On April 16, Gov. David A. Paterson introduced a bill into the state Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage. At this time it is uncertain whether the bill will pass, as it is the same legislation previously introduced by former Gov. ...

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When is cohabitation cohabitation≠

In recent months, there has been a buzz going around matrimonial practice. The New York State Court of Appeals has taken a stand — perhaps more accurately, taken a non-stand — on a word that commonly appears in separation agreements. ...

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New requirements related to custody

Effective Jan. 23, in supreme court matrimonial matters and family court matters involving custody, courts now must review New York’s computerized registry of Orders of Protection and Warrants of Arrest, along with related decisions in child protective proceedings, before issuing ...

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An intro to Rochester’s Teen Court

Those of us who practice family law are well aware of the legal problems that children can face. Behavioral troubles can escalate from poor judgment to petty crimes to serious felonies. The Monroe County Family Court docket is crowded with ...

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