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Matrimonial & Family Attorney. Mediator and Family Coordinator.

The New Rights of Non-biological Parents

The struggle against discrimination for same sex families and individuals has been a long road. However, changes have been occurring at a quicker pace since 2015 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is constitutionally legal across the … Continue reading

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The Grey Divorce

By: Sherri Donovan I recently represented “Francine” who wanted a divorce at the age of 91. When I asked why; Francine asserted that the men are cuter in Florida! Divorce for couples over the age of fifty have been increasing … Continue reading

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Non-biological & Intended Parent Protection: The Child-Parent Security Act

Non-biological Parent Protection Currently, if a non-biological parent has not adopted a child, that parent may lose all rights of access to the child even if that parent has raised the child since birth. There are many tragedies where children … Continue reading

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Social Media Clauses in Pre-Nups, Custody Agreements, and Orders of Protection

Social media clauses can be incorporated into prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, child custody agreements and orders of protection from domestic violence. Damaging internet posts on social media sites can be legally prohibited. It is important to protect one’s reputation online … Continue reading

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The Before and Aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 2015 Same Sex Marriage Decision

By Sherri Donovan, Esq. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the matter of Obergefell v. Hodges. The petitioner, James Obergefell, sued the Director of the Ohio Department of Health after he was denied the … Continue reading

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2015 Legislative Changes in Matrimonial and Family Law in New York State

By Sherri Donovan, Esq. A permanent maintenance formula will come into effect in New York this year for the first time. On June 24, 2015, the New York State Senate passed a bill that will bring a number of revisions … Continue reading

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The Modern Family

The American family has undergone dramatic change over the past century. Most notably, the new millennium brought a shake-up in the make-up of the family unit. The “traditional” family that rose to its zenith during the 1950s—the first-time-married breadwinner-husband and homemaker-wife and their children—is no longer the majority. Today, the majority of children under age 18 live with either both unmarried parents, one unmarried parent, each parent part of the time, a remarried parent and his/her spouse, a parent cohabiting with a new partner, or neither parent. Most children growing up in the twenty-first century also live either in a two-income household or a single-parent household headed by a working mom. Continue reading

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