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News and Legal Developments

TikTok? Yes.

Since mid February 2023 I’ve been tracking the incidence of adults who sexually abuse children in the United States, in a study designed to determine whether commonly used assumptions about the predators have any basis in reality. This has led to weekly reports on the app TikTok, and the results are chronicled on a website […]

The New York Courts and Returning to Pre-Covid Normal

The New York  State Court system has largely returned to in person meetings. As of this writing, at the end of November 2022, while some conferences early in a case may be virtual, most judges are holding  pre-trial and settlement conferences in person, recognizing that these in person sessions are more effective in helping parties to get to […]

The New York Courts and COVID

As of the March 2022 the Supreme and Family Courts in Westchester, Putnam and New York’s five boroughs are continuing to use virtual appearances for most purposes, in an attempt to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Once again all cases are moving forward and new cases of all types can be initiated, and in some ways […]

Coming Out of COVID in the Courts

One by one, and with increasing speed, New York’s Courts are returning to their pre-pandemic operations. As of July 13, 2021 in person civil trials, including divorce and Family Court fact findings, are resuming. Routine conferences are still being held via videoconference, but it’s not clear how long that will last – and the Court system […]

Spam from info at No.

We’re getting the bounces. And we’re sorry. But that spam? Not from us. The address it supposedly comes from, “info” at – does not send out any mail at all. It’s strictly inbound, for inquiries only. It doesn’t even have the capability of sending. We don’t know who is responsible for this latest bit […]

Lockdowns, COVID-19 and the Holidays, a recipe for Domestic Violence and Divorce

After months of lockdowns and people working from home, one thing on which police departments, prosecutors and divorce lawyers agree entirely is that the pressures of this truly difficult year have built up to the point that any cracks in a marriage have been forced wide open. For some, unfortunately, that’s led to violence – […]

If you’re arriving here from Kristen’s Campaign Site

Kristen Browde closed on July 12, 2020, the day after unofficial results from the Westchester Board of Elections showed she had finished second in the five way Democratic Primary for the 93rd New York State Assembly District, trailing Bedford Town Supervisor Chris Burdick by some 342 votes out of 14,448 cast. Her law firm, […]

Fact and Fiction about Divorce During the Corona Virus Pandemic

Tabloid newspaper reports note that the pressures created by couples staying home are leading to increased inquiries about divorce – and that’s correct. It’s a phenomenon we also observed in the post 9/11 period. But what’s inaccurate is that the reports say you can’t file for divorce right now. Except in the City of New […]

Updated: Legal Help is Available Even During the Health Crisis

We’re here to serve those with concerns about legal issues, but we’re taking prudent steps to reduce the possibility of exposure to the Corona Virus. You can contact us via e-mail ( or phone – and we can set up a secure video conference so that we can help with any issue that arises – […]

Are You Looking for Kristen’s Campaign for the New York State Assembly? – Kristen Browde for New York State Assembly District 93. Kristen is running to fill the seat being left vacant by the departure of the current Assembly member, who is running for Congress. Her district includes the Westchester towns of White Plains, Harrison, New Castle, North Castle, Mt. Kisco, Bedford and Lewisboro.

Are You Being Sued?

In the course of representing individuals and businesses that need help resolving legal conflicts, we handle cases that range from Divorce and Family Law matters to more unusual cases involving Directors and Officers of Corporations facing claims stemming from their service. These cases, under the heading of Director and Officer Liability may or may not […]

New Year, New Spousal Support Tax Effects

One of the provisions of the 2018 Tax Law makes a big difference to many people who are getting a divorce, particularly those who anticipate paying spousal support, also known as maintenance or alimony. Under the new tax law, if your settlement agreement or Judgment of Divorce containing a provision for spousal support is signed […]

Statement on Events in Charlottesville, NC

There are many times when, in our nation’s continuing conversations, we confront issues with “many, many sides.” This is not one of them. When racism rises, when Naziism rises, there are only two sides. There is right and there is wrong. And it is, at moments like this one, a responsibility of those who lead […]

A funny thing happened on the way to Court

It has relatively little to do with the practice of law, but the local Democratic Party has nominated me to run as their candidate for Town Supervisor in the Town of New Castle, NY. Our town includes Chappaqua, Millwood and areas served by the Mt. Kisco, Ossining and Mt. Pleasant post offices. Among our better […]

Major New Changes in New York Divorce Law Effective October 2015

Sweeping changes in the way temporary and long term spousal support is calculated and an end to a major advantage to non-working spouses are the key features of the new law, parts of which take effect for cases started in or after late October 2015, and other parts of which take effect in early 2016. […]

How to Keep Costs Down in Your Divorce Case

Lawyers in divorce cases work for an hourly rate, usually billed in tenths of an hour. That’s because most states do not allow any other form of compensation – contingent fees in divorce cases are usually prohibited by state law. Atop your lawyer’s fee will be fees charged by the Court – these vary by […]

What NOT to do During Your Divorce Case

If there’s one thing almost guaranteed to get you into trouble – one way or another – it’s blogging about your divorce case, or making posts in social media of any kind about your case. And that includes postings like those you might otherwise think routine. Simple posts about what you’re doing with your children […]

No Fault Divorce is Now the Law in New York

For cases filed after October 15, 2010 there’s a new section of the Domestic Relations Law that allows for no fault divorce. Domestic Relations Law Section 170 adds subsection 7: (7) The relationship between husband and wife has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months, provided that one party has so […]

An important trend in New York matrimonial law

Where previously the New York equitable distribution law divided the assets of a divorcing couple without regard to whose fault it was that a marriage was ending in divorce, New York County Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Silberman has come out with a series of rulings that appear to mark a trend towards severe financial punishment […]

Blogging Your Divorce…and any other case

The New York Times has an interesting story on a wrinkle in the blogging world: divorcing spouses who blog about their cases. This is something that we advise all clients to avoid, for two important reasons. First, any statement that you make about your case, whether it’s a divorce case or any other, can be […]

Sec. 170. Action for divorce

An action for divorce may be maintained by a husband or wife to procure a judgment divorcing the parties and dissolving the marriage on any of the following grounds: The cruel and inhuman treatment of the plaintiff by the defendant such that the conduct of the defendant so endangers the physical or mental well being […]

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