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  • Published: November 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — In an argument marked by sharp exchanges on the sweep of its 2015 decision establishing a right to same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether Philadelphia may bar a Catholic agency that refuses to work with same-sex couples from screening potential foster parents. The argument, heard by telephone, came about a month after Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., appeared to urge the court to reconsider the 2015 decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, saying it stigmatized people of faith who objected to same-sex marriage. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who dissented from the 2015 decision, asked…Read More

  • Published: November 12, 2020

Divorce gets a bad rap most of the time. It’s a huge loss; it’s a painful life crisis, sometimes traumatic, and often expensive. Yet as a friend said to me, “What I see now is that it would have been equally devastating had we stayed together.” Many who have been divorced will attest to the good things about divorce. Here are 9 good things: 1. It’s liberating. You don’t have to stay stuck in a relationship where your needs aren’t being met. You can get out of abusive relationships and free yourself from daily stress and anxiety. As one man told me, “You only have one shot at this…Read More

  • Published: November 12, 2020

On a recent morning, my family was assembled in our customary positions at the kitchen table: my husband, Tom, and I hunched over our computers, while our daughter, wearing headphones, did math problems for remote learning. Looking up to ask Tom a question, my view was blocked by a Jenga-like tower of clutter he had amassed. I took a deep breath, and explained, in my best impersonation of calm, that in this surreal new world in which children share our co-working space, it’s important to keep that space relatively clutter-free. When I was done, he didn’t respond. But just as…Read More

  • Published: November 12, 2020

Preparing for marriage comes with many fun and exciting experiences, but drafting a prenuptial agreement sounds anything but. A prenuptial agreement, or prenup, is a pre-marriage contract outlining how assets would be handled in the event of divorce. For many, the mention of “prenup” evokes a sense of discomfort and other negative sentiments. But it doesn’t have to be this way. “Much of the stigma surrounding prenuptial agreements has to do with the thought that, by signing a prenuptial agreement, the soon-to-be married couple is ‘planning for divorce,’” said Amanda Cubit, a family law attorney with Sodoma Law Union in North Carolina. “It doesn’t strike many…Read More

  • Published: November 12, 2020

Google the word “narcissist” and you will find articles such as “Levels of Narcissism-Grandiose Self-Flection,” “Narcissistic Personality Disorder-Help Guide,” “11 Signs You’re Dating a Narcissist” and “How to Deal with a Narcissist.” Add the word “custody” to the search and the videos “How to get a Narcissist to Reveal Themselves,” “Preparing for your day in court with a narcissistic spouse” and Tina Swithin’s “One Mom’s Battle” (OMB) appear. A search for “Children and a Narcissist Parent” offers Psychology Today’s, “Narcissistic Parents’ Psychological Effect on Their Children” and from Forbes, “How Being Raised By a Narcissist Damages Your Life …” What…Read More

Support Magistrate Objection Process
  • Published: November 4, 2020

Family Court Act §439(e) governs the filing of objections to an order of a Support Magistrate. It provides, in part, that the final order of a Support Magistrate, after objections and the rebuttal, if any, have been reviewed by a judge, can be appealed pursuant to Article 11 of the family court act. However, no appeal lies from an order of a Support Magistrate where the appellant has not submitted proper objections to the order to a Family Court Judge for review. An attorney representing a client in a Family Court support matter must have a thorough understanding of the…Read More

  • Published: October 16, 2020

Experiencing traumatic events as a child is predictive of higher levels of depression in adulthood, and also predicts higher levels of aggression, violence, personality disorders, as well as several physical health problems. Causality is not always clear, as trauma, genetics, and environmental factors intertwine in complex ways. But it is clear that traumatic events can, and do, have starkly negative impacts on peoples' lives. But there are few things in life that have universally unidirectional effects. In other words, even bad things can have a silver lining. I've heard countless patients sit on my couch and reflect that having survived the things…Read More

  • Published: October 16, 2020

It’s a win-win: Elders get a way to combat loneliness, teachers and parents get help they desperately need, and children get another grown-up to guide them through remote learning. K–12 schools have gotten off to what could charitably be described as a wobbly start in the 2020–21 academic year. Districts have stumbled all over themselves trying to think outside the box to keep kids learning during the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve been ingenious about enlisting community resources to help make school safer, from outsourcing the creation of outdoor classrooms to party-tent-rental companies, to connecting with churches, hotels, and, in one case,…Read More

  • Published: October 16, 2020

One of the few good things about a deadly pandemic is that if you are a person who enjoys talking on the phone, as I am, you will now have lots of time to do this, far more time than you did during regular life. When I was a teenager, it was always a challenge to find the time and space for phone calls. Somehow my parents always seemed to have something important to do in the room where I was talking. After I got married, my husband would get annoyed by my phone talking. So it’s only recently that…Read More

  • Published: October 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., who dissented from the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision establishing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, appeared to urge the court on Monday to reconsider the ruling, which they said had invented a right with no basis in the text of the Constitution. “By choosing to privilege a novel constitutional right over the religious liberty interests explicitly protected in the First Amendment, and by doing so undemocratically, the court has created a problem that only it can fix,” Justice Thomas wrote, in an opinion joined by Justice Alito. The justices issued…Read More

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