Family Law

  • New York Law Journal

    Establishing and Disestablishing Paternity in the Context of Domestic Violence

    By Daniel Pollack and Toby Kleinman | June 8, 2023

    There are times when unmarried partners are uncertain about paternity, a single or divorced mother wants or needs to seek child support, or a man seeks parenting time with a child he believes he fathered. It is under these circumstances that paternity of the child may need to be legally established. Where there is domestic violence there are numerous special issues to be considered.

    5 minute read

  • The Recorder

    Dealing With Emotions in Mediations

    By B. Scott Silverman | June 7, 2023

    Emotions can be important—even necessary—challenges for resolving disputes, according to retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge B. Scott Silverman, now a neutral with Signature Resolution.

    7 minute read

  • New Jersey Law Journal

    Privacy Rights Trump Public Interest, Federal Judge Rules in Upholding Divorce Gag Order as Constitutional

    By Colleen Murphy | June 6, 2023

    "When this court weighs the potential of harm to the children and considers their best interests, it finds that any infringement on Argen's right to listen is negligible in comparison to the harm that published revelations from Malhan would pose, and therefore the gag order does not impermissibly violate any right Argen has to listen," Judge Susan D. Wigenton said.

    6 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    How Does Polyvagal Theory Impact Family Law Matters?

    By Elisa Reiter and Daniel Pollack | June 6, 2023

    Family law cases are difficult, inducing a variety of emotions. As a case progresses, each party may feel stress, trauma, and threat. Understanding polyvagal theory can help move clients through trying situations.

    4 minute read

  • New Jersey Law Journal

    Child Custody: Why Cookie-Cutter 50/50 Won't Pass Muster in 2023

    By Bari Weinberger | June 5, 2023

    The practice of equal parenting time is now so common that it has brought us to a legal crossroads: Is it time to make shared custody a rebuttable presumption in child custody cases?

    9 minute read

  • Connecticut Law Tribune

    'They Make the Wrong Decision': Advocates Want Judges Trained in This Area

    By Emily Cousins | June 1, 2023

    "We really feel like all judges who are hearing these cases that involve abuse allegations need to be adequately prepared," Danielle Pollack said. "We've had so many cases where judges have no training."

    11 minute read

  • Texas Lawyer

    Evaluating the Evaluator: Implicit Bias In Determining Parental Judgment

    By Elisa Reiter and Daniel Pollack | May 31, 2023

    "We found that when people make a negative moral judgment about a parent who leaves her child alone, their estimate of the danger facing that child is higher than for a situation that objectively poses equal risk to the child, but does not elicit the same moral disapproval."

    6 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Forensic Custody Evaluations: A Fundamental Human Right?

    By Alan Feigenbaum | May 31, 2023

    A look at forensic psychiatric examinations in the context of contested custody matters. The article discusses a recent decision by an appellate court in New York, which held that a trial court did not commit an error by not mandating a forensic psychiatric examination of the parents because no proof was put forth that the mother had a mental illness. The author also focuses on whether or not mental illness of a parent should be a prerequisite to a forensic psychiatric examination, and how (if it all) that impacts the due process rights of a litigant in a custody case vs. whether or not such a requirement offers a valuable gatekeeping function.

    8 minute read

  • The Legal Intelligencer

    Pennsylvania Pioneer of Family Welfare Policy to Retire After 3 Decades of Service

    By Aleeza Furman | May 30, 2023

    "It's hard to get it right when it comes to people and what they need," said Frank Cervone, executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates. "We never get it entirely right; we never get it done."

    5 minute read


    'Let's Get Married': Description of Private Vows Sufficient to Establish Dispute of Common Law Marriage Under Pa. Law

    By Allison Dunn | May 25, 2023

    "Moreover, Mr. Zadnik was, from the evidence, the only other person in the room when the purported common law wedding ceremony occurred. There was no officiant. Perhaps I said that too quickly. Let me repeat that. There was no officiant," Circuit Judge Marilyn F. Bentley said from the bench, according to the opinion, that "There were no other witnesses; whether they be follow [sic] employees of either Mr. Zadnik or Ms. [Conway]; no neighbors; no friends; no siblings of Ms. [Conway]; no anyone." and that the "'testimony of one party alone is insufficient to confirm the existence of a valid and lawful marriage.'"

    6 minute read

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