Free With Registration: Downward Modification in a Troubled Economy

Harriet Newman Cohen, a member in Cohen Hennessey Bienstock & Rabin, and Tim James, an associate at the firm, discuss the statutory and case law governing applications for downward modifications of established maintenance and child support and ask whether the law, as promulgated and defined through case law, is equal to the challenge of these economically troubled times.

As the Same-Sex Landscape Evolves

Arlene G. Dubin, a partner at Moses & Singer, and Sheila Agnew, a senior associate at the firm, writes that while the legitimization of same-sex marriage in New York will affect most fields of law, it will have the greatest impact, of course, in the arena of matrimonial law. During the short period in which California allowed same-sex marriage, nearly 18,000 gay and lesbian couples legally married. As the number of marriages increases with the passage of legislation providing marital equality, so too will the demand for prenuptial and postnuptial agreements as well as divorces.

Parent Coordinators Come to New York

Cynthia B. Rubin, a partner at Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer, writes that for some divorcing parents, the execution of a separation agreement or a decision after trial does not bring an end to the constant conflict over parenting schedules and decision-making that characterized their divorce litigation. In these high-conflict cases, parent coordinators, who encourage both parents to act in their children’s best interests, may reduce the amount of court intervention needed. Recently, the use of PCs has become more widespread in New York.