Category : Gary’s Blog

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The New Normal – Chapter Six

For the past week Sharon had been walking on eggshells. David alternated between calling her a “dumb fucking bitch,” and treating her with sullen angry silences. The silence was worse, since she didn’t know when or how he would explode….

0 Comments / 114 View / April 24, 2016

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The New Normal – Chapter Five

Family Visitation Solutions was in downtown Hempstead, just off of Fulton. The building looked liked it had been constructed at the turn of the 20th century. Once, it must must have been seen as regal but now it was a…

0 Comments / 155 View / April 24, 2016

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The New Normal – Chapter One

Normally, Greg didn’t mind Mondays, but today was different. His mood didn’t improve when he finally got inside the building and up to the metal detectors. He’d been waiting outside this damned building for 15 minutes in the rain, and…

0 Comments / 183 View / January 23, 2016

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Service on a missing party by Facebook

In Divorce and Family law cases the statute generally requires that the other party, wife, husband, mother, father, etc, be served in person. That means the divorce papers or family court petition must be placed in the other person’s hands….

0 Comments / 113 View / September 18, 2014

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Police Pensions and Fire Department Pensions

In a divorce splitting the police pension or fire department pension is generally not that difficult. Equitable distribution of pensions is fairly simple under New York, except when the disability pension is involved. Starting at the beginning, police and fire…

0 Comments / 2052 View / December 15, 2013

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Same Sex Marriage is Now Legal In New York

Governor Cuomo signed into law the marriage equality act. Basically, it means that ” MARRIAGE THAT IS OTHERWISE VALID  SHALL BE VALID REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE PARTIES TO THE MARRIAGE ARE OF  THE SAME OR DIFFERENT SEX.” Furthermore, “NO GOVERNMENT…

0 Comments / 36 View / July 8, 2011

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Privacy and Computers In a Divorce

There was a recent decision reported in the New York Law Journal, August 8, 2008 that shows how computers, used unwisely, can damage your position in a divorce. Justice Evans, in New York county, ruled that information found by the…

0 Comments / 84 View / August 11, 2008

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The Common Law Marriage Trap and 50 Cent

Hip hop star 50 Cent recently was the victim of a judicial drive-by shooting. 50 Cent has been engaged in a high profile family court action in Suffolk County, New York with his former live-in girlfriend and mother of his…

0 Comments / 110 View / June 12, 2008

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Equitable Distribution of Post Office Pensions Under New York Divorce Law

As I have pointed out else where, under New York divorce law, pensions earned during marriage are subject to equitable distribution. However, since there are a variety of different pensions available from the multitude of employers, the rules are not…

0 Comments / 67 View / April 6, 2008

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Same Sex Divorce – Same Sex Marriage? Trends In New York Divorce Law

This posted has been superseded by the new Marriage Equality statute. But, it is left up for the interest of people who want to see the evolution of the law in this area. The area of Same Sex marriages has become…

0 Comments / 53 View / March 2, 2008