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New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook

The New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook by Joel R. Brandes is available in Bookstores and online in the print edition at the Bookbaby Bookstore, Amazon Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and other online book sellers. It is also available in Kindle ebook editions and epub ebook editions for all ebook readers in our website bookstore. The New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook is divided into five parts: (1) Preliminary Matters Prior to the Commencement of Trial, Conduct of Trial and Rules of Evidence Particularly Applicable in Matrimonial Matters; (2); Establishing Grounds for Divorce, Separation and Annulment and Defenses; (3) Obtaining Maintenance, Child Support, Exclusive Occupancy and Counsel Fees; (4) Property Distribution and Evidence of Value; and (5) Trial of a Custody Case. There are thousands of suggested questions for the examination and cross-examination of witnesses dealing with very aspect of the matrimonial trial. Click on this link for more information about the contents of the book and on this link for the complete table of contents.

The New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook was reviewed by Bernard Dworkin, Esq., in the New York Law Journal on December 21, 2017. His review is reprinted on our website at with the permission of the New York Law Journal.

Joel R. Brandes, is the author of Law and The Family New York, 2d (9 volumes) (Thomson Reuters), and Law and the Family New York Forms (5 volumes) (Thomson Reuters). Law and The Family New York, 2d (9 volumes) (Thomson Reuters), is both a treatise and a procedural guide. The text analyzes every aspect of New York Family Law. Law and the Family New York Forms, 2d (New York Practice Library, 5 Volumes) provides practitioner-tested forms for New York divorce and family law matters.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Important New Decisions - June 19, 2012 - Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Holds That Family Court Lacks Authority to Direct Continuing Contact Between Parent and Child Once Parental Rights Have Been Terminated in a Contested Proceeding Pursuant to Social Services Law §384-b.

         In the Matter of Hailey ZZ., No. 103, NYLJ 1202558306160, at *1 (June 7, 2012) the Court of Appeals  resolved a conflict within the Appellate Divisions as to whether Family Court may direct continuing contact between parent and child once parental rights have been terminated in a contested proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law §384-b, and held that the Family Court lacks this authority.

 Court of Appeals Holds it Is Possible for a Parent with Custodial Rights to a Child to Be Guilty of Kidnaping That Child       

In People v Leonard, --- N.E.2d ----, 2012 WL 1946724 (N.Y.) the Court of Appeals held that it is possible for a parent who has custodial rights to a child to be guilty of kidnaping that child, and that it happened here, where defendant used his baby daughter as a hostage, threatening to kill her if the police approached him.