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Social Media in Divorce and Family Law: A Trap for the Unwary

Harriet Newman Cohen and Amanda Laird Creegan of Cohen Rabin Stine Schumann write: Along with the blessings of the Internet have come the pitfalls. Private lives have been exposed and damaged. Persons have been subjected to cyberbullying. As matrimonial attorneys, we need not only to be aware of the joys, but also of the pitfalls of social media.

The Time Has Arrived for Covering Genetic Materials in Prenups

Michael Stutman of Stutman Stutman & Lichtenstein writes: The time is right for family law practitioners to consider incorporating decision-making matrixes in prenuptial agreements that can be drafted by experienced counsel. A collaborative effort on behalf of practitioners in the various areas that impact these decisions would certainly be a project that would benefit many.

The Separate Property Credit in Divorce Actions

Elliot J. Wiener of Phillips Nizer writes: Rules that grant discretionary authority to the court promote flexibility at the price of uncertainty and expense. The history of the separate property credit provides a vivid example of this dilemma, offering shifting and uncertain rules that make counseling a client difficult and costly.

Parental Alienation During and After Divorce

Arlene G. Dubin and Rebecca A. Provder of Moses & Singer write: Divorces between parties come to an end. Parental alienation, however, may leave a lasting rupture in families. Matrimonial lawyers and mental health professionals can help play a key role in modulating the harmful effect of this phenomenon.

Accessing and Using a Spouse’s ESI in a Divorce

Kelly Frawley and Emily Pollock of Kasowitz Benson Torres write: With the multiple devices used by families, from smartphones to laptops to tablets, as well as the many storage options available for the information transmitted through and accessed by those devices, managing issues relating to electronically stored information is an important part of family law practice.