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New York Family Law

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9781401879563

ISBN10:
140187956X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
9/6/2005
Publisher(s):
Cengage Learning

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Summary

This second edition of New York Family Law is designed specifically for undergraduate students and paralegal education students. It covers both matrimonial law (annulment; separation; divorce; and equitable distribution of marital property) and Family Court proceedings, such as family offenses, child protection, termination of parental rights, and adoption. Features of the text include thought-provoking discussion topics; Basics Boxes, which introduce each type of Family Law litigation; Practice Tips; Chapter Review Questions; and Chapter Assignments. New York forms are integrated throughout and the text offers many new websites to aid in computer-assisted legal research projects. New to this edition is the expanded coverage of ethics and divorce, a new section on interviewing skills, greater coverage of inter-jurisdictional conflicts, and a discussion of permanency planning in the Child Protection and Adoption chapters

Table of Contents

Preface xvii
Table of Cases
xxiii
Table of Web Sites
xxxi
Introduction
1(34)
What Is a Family?
2(19)
Traditional Families
2(2)
Nontraditional Families
4(17)
The Changing Legal Status of Women
21(6)
The Married Women's Property Acts
21(1)
Property Distribution Upon Dissolution of Marriage
21(2)
Domestic Violence
23(1)
Employment
24(1)
Voting and Public Office
25(1)
Equal Protection
26(1)
Equal Rights
26(1)
Education
26(1)
The Changing Legal Status of Children
27(6)
Parent and Child
28(1)
From Property to Person
28(1)
When Is a Child Not a Child?
29(1)
Child Labor
30(2)
The Right to Education
32(1)
Corporal Punishment
32(1)
Summary
33(1)
Key Terms
33(1)
Chapter Review Questions
33(1)
Chapter Assignment
34(1)
Working in Family Law
35(21)
Employment Opportunities
36(1)
Legal Assistant Tasks and Skills
37(9)
Interviewing Skills
37(2)
Getting Oriented
39(1)
Standing
39(1)
Grounds and Defenses
40(1)
Subject Matter Jurisdiction
40(4)
Venue
44(1)
Statutes of Limitations
45(1)
Where to Find New York Family Law
46(5)
Primary Sources
46(3)
Secondary Sources
49(2)
Ethics
51(1)
The Family Court
52(2)
Docket Numbers
52(1)
Terminology
53(1)
Summary
54(1)
Key Terms
54(1)
Chapter Review Questions
55(1)
Chapter Assignment
55(1)
Marriage
56(25)
Entering into Marriage
60(6)
Common-Law Marriage
61(1)
Non-Marital Partners
62(1)
Ceremonial Marriage
63(3)
Void and Voidable Marriages
66(1)
Annulment
67(4)
Grounds For Annulment
67(4)
Antenuptial Agreements
71(7)
Requirements for Enforceability
77(1)
Summary
78(1)
Key Terms
79(1)
Chapter Review Questions
79(1)
Chapter Assignment
80(1)
Separation
81(28)
Separation Agreements
82(12)
Agreements Reached in Court
83(1)
Incorporation in Divorce Judgment
83(1)
Arbitration
84(1)
High Standard of Fairness
85(1)
Spousal Support Provisions
86(1)
Child Support Provisions
87(1)
Custody Provisions
88(3)
Partial Invalidity
91(1)
Breach
91(2)
Provisions that Prevent Future Legal Problems
93(1)
Preparing the Agreement
93(1)
Judicial Separation
94(12)
Grounds For Separation
106(1)
Summary
106(1)
Key Terms
107(1)
Chapter Review Questions
107(1)
Chapter Assignment
108(1)
Divorce: Grounds and Ethics
109(35)
Special Ethical Considerations
110(2)
Unauthorized Practice of Law
111(1)
Dual Representation and Conflicts
111(1)
Contingent Fee Agreements
111(1)
Special Rules for Domestic Relations Matters
112(1)
Confidentiality
112(1)
Grounds for Divorce
112(14)
Cruel and Inhuman Treatment
112(7)
Adultery
119(1)
Abandonment
119(4)
Imprisonment
123(1)
Living Separate Pursuant to a Separation Decree
124(2)
Living Separate and Apart Pursuant to Agreement
126(1)
The Complaint
126(10)
Verification
127(1)
Specific Pleading
127(1)
Alternative Pleading
127(1)
Removal of Barriers to Remarriage
128(1)
Drafting the Complaint
128(8)
Recognition of Foreign Divorces
136(1)
Summary
136(1)
Key Terms
136(1)
Chapter Review Questions
137(2)
Chapter Assignment
139(5)
Divorce: Procedures and Papers
144(24)
Documents Required in Divorce Actions
145(1)
Court Rules and Part Rules
146(1)
Special Procedures Applicable to Matrimonial Actions
146(13)
Case Management Procedures
146(1)
Jurisdiction and Service
146(2)
Required Residence of Parties
148(1)
Personal and In Rem Jurisdiction
149(2)
Service and Proof of Service
151(5)
Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law
156(3)
Judgment of Divorce
159(1)
Effects of Judgment of Divorce
159(7)
Economic Consequences
159(1)
Right to Remarry
159(6)
Name Changes
165(1)
Legitimacy of Children
165(1)
Summary
166(1)
Key Terms
166(1)
Chapter Review Questions
166(1)
Chapter Assignment
167(1)
Custody and Visitation
168(46)
Custody
169(2)
Historical Background
169(2)
Parent Versus Parent Custody Disputes
171(14)
``Best-Interest'' Factors
172(13)
Parent versus Nonparent Custody Disputes
185(3)
Foster Parents
188(1)
Modification and Enforcement
188(6)
Procedures
189(1)
Guardianship
190(4)
Interjurisdictional Conflicts
194(13)
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
194(12)
Hague Convention Treaty
206(1)
Visitation
207(4)
Noncustodial Parent Visitation
207(1)
Relocation
207(1)
Nonparent Visitation
208(2)
Grandparent and Sibling Visitation
210(1)
Summary
211(1)
Key Terms
211(1)
Chapter Review Questions
212(1)
Chapter Assignment
213(1)
Support
214(50)
Subject Matter Jurisdiction
215(1)
Referees and Support Magistrates
216(1)
Spousal Support
217(8)
``Opting Out'' of the Equitable Distribution Law
217(1)
Duration of Maintenance
217(1)
Standards for Maintenance
218(1)
Tax Consequences of Maintenance
219(6)
Child Support
225(23)
Obligation of Both Parties
225(1)
Duration of Child Support Obligation
225(1)
Child Support Standards Act of 1989
226(11)
Deviating from CSSA Guidelines
237(5)
``Opting Out'' of CSSA Guidelines
242(1)
Children Receiving Public Support
243(1)
Methods of Payment
243(1)
Procedural Considerations
244(4)
Tax Consequences of Child Support
248(1)
Modification of Support
248(4)
Modification of Maintenance
249(1)
Modification of Child Support
250(2)
Support Enforcement
252(5)
Enforcement Remedies
253(3)
Visitation and Support Enforcement
256(1)
Uniform Interstate Family Support Law
257(4)
Establishing Support Under UIFSA
257(2)
Modification of Support Orders Under UIFSA
259(1)
Enforcement of Support Orders Under UIFSA
259(2)
Summary
261(1)
Key Terms
261(1)
Chapter Review Questions
261(2)
Chapter Assignment
263(1)
Property Division
264(45)
Economic Partnership
265(1)
Marital Fault
266(4)
Identification
270(4)
Financial Disclosure
274(1)
Preservation
274(17)
Characterization
291(6)
Tracing
294(1)
Commingling
295(1)
Marital Residence
296(1)
Evaluation
297(2)
No Merger Doctrine
298(1)
Double Dipping
298(1)
Distribution
299(3)
Liquidity
300(1)
Pension and Retirement Benefits
301(1)
QDRO
301(1)
Tax Considerations of Property Division
302(4)
Capital Gains
302(3)
Recapture
305(1)
Summary
306(1)
Key Terms
306(1)
Chapter Review Questions
307(1)
Chapter Assignment
308(1)
Non-Marital Children
309(21)
Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity
310(3)
Paternity Proceedings
313(7)
Agreement or Compromise
314(1)
Genetic Testing
315(2)
Special Procedural and Evidentiary Rules
317(3)
Effects of Order of Filiation
320(7)
Presumption of Legitimacy and Equitable Estoppel
323(4)
Children Conceived by Artificial Insemination
327(1)
Summary
327(1)
Key Terms
327(1)
Chapter Review Questions
328(1)
Chapter Assignment
329(1)
Family Offenses
330(26)
Theories about Domestic Violence
331(3)
``Battered Woman's Syndrome''
332(2)
Family Offense Proceedings
334(11)
Concurrent Jurisdiction
334(3)
Grounds
337(1)
Preliminary Procedures
337(6)
Hearing
343(1)
Settlement
344(1)
Disposition
344(1)
Order of Protection
345(5)
Duration of Orders of Protection
345(1)
Statewide Order of Protection Registry
345(4)
Terms of Order of Protection
349(1)
Effects of Order of Protection
350(3)
Mandatory Arrest
350(1)
Violation Proceedings
350(1)
Multiple Violations
351(2)
Summary
353(1)
Key Terms
354(1)
Chapter Review Questions
354(1)
Chapter Assignment
355(1)
Child Protection
356(32)
Other Cases Involving Child Neglect and Abuse
357(1)
Criminal Prosecutions
357(1)
Custody Cases
357(1)
Family Offense Proceedings
358(1)
Phases of a Child Protective Case
358(21)
Investigative Phase
358(1)
Article 10 Petition
359(1)
Who May Be Charged with Child Abuse or Neglect
360(2)
Definition of Child Abuse
362(1)
Definition of Child Neglect
363(1)
Preliminary Court Appearances
363(1)
Searching for Missing Parents
364(1)
Discovery
365(2)
Pretrial Resolution
367(4)
Special Procedural and Evidentiary Rules
371(1)
Shifting Burden of Proof
371(6)
Dispositional Phase
377(1)
Dispositions
377(2)
Providing Litigation Support
379(2)
Preparing the Discovery Package
380(1)
Contacting Potential Witnesses
380(1)
Preparing a Trial Notebook
380(1)
Assisting at the Trial
381(1)
Voluntary Placement
381(1)
Court Approval of Voluntary Placement Agreements
382(1)
Permanency Planning
382(2)
Adoption and Safe Families Act
383(1)
Summary
384(1)
Key Terms
385(1)
Chapter Review Questions
385(1)
Chapter Assignment
386(2)
Adoption
388(45)
Ethical Considerations
390(5)
Payments to Birth Parents
390(1)
Dual Representation Prohibited
390(3)
Baby Brokers
393(1)
Confidentiality
394(1)
Who May Adopt
395(1)
Consents to Adoption
396(8)
Whose Consent Is Required
396(1)
Equitable Adoption
397(1)
Consent of Out-of-Wedlock Father
397(4)
Indian Children
401(1)
Form of Consent---Private Adoption
401(1)
Dispensing with Consent---Private Adoption
402(1)
Voluntary Surrender for Agency Adoption
402(2)
Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights---Agency Adoption
404(15)
Standing
405(1)
Venue
405(1)
Subject Matter Jurisdiction
405(1)
Grounds
405(5)
Special Procedural and Evidentiary Rules
410(5)
Dispositional Phase
415(1)
Dispositions
416(2)
Interstate Compact Approval
418(1)
Best Interests of the Child
419(2)
Private-Placement Adoptions
421(5)
Certification of Prospective Adoptive Parents
421(4)
Temporary Order of Guardianship
425(1)
Surrogate Parenting
425(1)
Agency Adoptions
426(4)
Religious Preference
426(3)
Race as a Factor in Adoptive Placement
429(1)
Subsidy
430(1)
Effects of Adoption
430(1)
Summary
431(1)
Key Terms
431(1)
Chapter Review Questions
431(1)
Chapter Assignment
432(1)
Glossary 433(10)
Index 443


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