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New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook

The New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook by Joel R. Brandes is available online in the print edition at the Bookbaby Bookstore and other bookstores. It is now available in Kindle ebook editions and epub ebook editions in our website bookstore. It is also available at Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

The New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook was reviewed in the New York Law Journal. Click here to read the review.

The New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook was written for both the attorney who has never tried a matrimonial action and for the experienced litigator. It is a “how to” book for lawyers. This 836 page handbook focuses on the procedural and substantive law, as well as the law of evidence, that an attorney must have at his or her fingertips when trying a matrimonial action. It is intended to be an aid for preparing for a trial and as a reference for the procedure in offering and objecting to evidence during a trial. The handbook deals extensively with the testimonial and documentary evidence necessary to meet the burden of proof. There are thousands of suggested questions for the examination of witnesses at trial to establish each cause of action and requests for ancillary relief, as well as for the cross-examination of difficult witnesses. Table of Contents

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.

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