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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Loss of Health Insurance Benefits Added As a Factor

Laws of 2009, Ch 229 amends the domestic relations law, in relation to maintenance and equitable distribution of marital property, effective September 14, 2009 to add "the loss of health insurance benefits upon dissolution of the marriage as a factor to be considered by the court in making a maintenance award and in making a property distribution.

Domestic Relations Law § 236 [B][5][d],subparagraphs 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 of are renumbered subparagraphs 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, and a new subparagraph 5 is added to read as follows: (5) the loss of health insurance benefits upon dissolution of the marriage;

Domestic Relations Law § 236 [B][6][a][10] is amended to read as follows: (10) any transfer or encumbrance made in contemplation of a matrimonial action without fair consideration;

Domestic Relations Law 236 [B][6][a][11] is renumbered subparagraph 12 and a new subparagraph 11 is added to read as follows: (11) the loss of health insurance benefits upon dissolution of the marriage; and

The amendments apply to any action or proceeding commenced on or after the effective date of September 14, 2009. See Laws of 2009, Ch 229, § 4.