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Monroe County Family Court Judge Joan Kohout handed a lesbian couple a disappointing decision when she determined that a married same-sex couple cannot use a marital statute to block a man’s paternity petition for the child he fathered with one of the spouses during the women’s marriage. Judge Kohout said that while state Domestic Relations Law prohibits discrimination against same-sex married couples, it does not require the court to “ignore the obvious biological differences between husbands and wives.”
The author concludes this three-part article with more suggested arguments for saving a temporary maintenance agreement that does not contain the language and recitations required by subdivision 5-a(f) of DRL ' 236B.
Analysis of key rulings of important to New York family law practitioners.
Discussion of a case involving a violation of the ban precluding an attorney from providing a copy of the forensic report to a client -- and what the subsequent ruling means to family law in New York,
A look at what's happening in neighboring states.