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  • Published: October 16, 2020

At Home Learning At least 50% (based upon NYC’s return to school rate- the largest public-school system in the country) of the U.S. school age population of students in classes K through 12 are in online learning programs at home. This means that adult supervision, usually a parent, is required to assist the students throughout the course of the day. These at home “teachers” (parents) are simultaneously trying to keep up with their own jobs remotely by attending zoom meetings, scheduling conferences with customers, all while trying to get up to speed on 2nd grade addition and subtraction or 8th…Read More

  • Published: October 16, 2020

For separated or divorced families, co-parenting can be stressful even in good times. During the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, families are discovering that previously stable arrangements may not withstand the stresses created by fears of illness and mandates to shelter in place. And for families whose co-parenting and custody arrangements were already contentious, COVID-19 may be amplifying conflicts and creating new ones. “In a crisis, children and parents alike need a place where they feel safe,” says Anthony Charuvastra, MD, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone and member of its Child…Read More

  • Published: October 1, 2020

The US Supreme Court unanimously affirmed on Tuesday lower court rulings that a kid at the center of an international custody dispute—ruled by the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction—is rightly in Italy. The child, known only as AMT in court documents, is now 5 years old and has been in Italy for years. Her American mother, Michelle Monasky, met and married the Italian father, Domenico Taglieri, in the US, but AMT was born in Italy. The mother fled back to the States with her newborn weeks after the girl’s birth, saying the father was abusive. He challenged this…Read More

  • Published: October 1, 2020

As the New York City Football Club and Maddd Equities close in on a deal to build a new soccer stadium near Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx, the Urban Land Institute and the local community board have released a report on the impact of another stadium on the neighborhood and how the area could benefit from the development...Read MoreRead More

  • Published: October 1, 2020

During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, a view developed that once the home quarantine ended, there would be a tidal wave of divorce actions surging into the New York courthouses. With New York City well into Phase 4, all remains calm. There has been no significant rise in the number of divorce actions commenced in New York when compared to last year at the same time; and, lines are not curling around city blocks outside of the offices of matrimonial attorneys. Has anything changed in New York family law since March 18 when Governor Andrew Cuomo shuttered the State? YES. The…Read More

  • Published: September 24, 2020

As a family law practitioner, I often hear (usually from mothers) complaints about the father touching their child’s private parts inappropriately. These complaints go beyond what would be considered “appropriate” touching such as helping a child take a bath, or helping a male child urinate in the toilet or a female child clean herself properly after using the toilet. The child can be male or female but the complaint is the same—the father is touching the child for his own sexual gratification and the mother wants his visitation stopped, supervised and possibly criminal charges brought against him. She claims to…Read More

  • Published: September 24, 2020

An airman from Luke Air Force Base late last month became the first to receive an assignment that took into consideration his child custody arrangement. Master Sgt. William Rotroff will move this fall to his next assignment at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where his ex-wife and son, Chevvy, live, the Air Force Personnel Center said in an Aug. 27 release. The Air Force on Aug. 17 began allowing airmen who have court-ordered child custody arrangements to ask to be stationed near their children for their next assignments, or to have their next assignments deferred if it would take…Read More

  • Published: September 24, 2020

In an episode from 2018, the actor Glynn Turman sat on a sofa with his arm draped affectionately around his wife, Jo-An, as the two recounted their experiences together for the documentary series “Black Love.” Amid talk of marriage, children and a meet-cute at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Turman paused to broaden the conversation with an impassioned plea. “We’re not angels, we’re not saints — we’re human beings,” he said, speaking about the perception of Black Americans and their relationships. “Let’s not leave out any of the wonderful, wonderful love and the bonds that we, as a people,”…Read More

  • Published: September 24, 2020

Sweat trickled down my neck as I stood in the heat alongside my daughter and husband, waiting for our turn to march in the Los Angeles Pride Parade in 2018. While I had been a spectator at Pride before, I never guessed that one day I would be marching beside my teenager, dark maroon lipstick painting her lips, a barrette pinning back her now almost shoulder-length hair, a “she” pin fastened to her “love wins” shirt. She was beaming and radiant. I looked over at my husband and held his gaze. We each ceremoniously waved the pink, blue and white…Read More

  • Published: September 24, 2020

The husband and wife were alone in her boutique, but the security cameras captured it all: him pushing her down, punching her, slapping her and dragging her by the hair across the floor. In footage from last year that recently circulated online, he can be seen hauling her into another room. Minutes later, the woman — her hair flailing — plummets from the second floor onto the street below in the central Chinese city of Shangqiu. The woman, Liu Zengyan, said later it was the only way she could escape. As she lay in the hospital after the assault, with…Read More

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