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Editor’s Note: In 2010, New York’s Legislature enacted Domestic Relations Law (DRL) ‘ 236, Part B, subd. 5-a, in 2010. The statute, among other things, requires that agreements concerning temporary maintenance that deviate from its formula must, to be be enforceable, contain calculations for the amount that would have been set by the formula, along with a recitation that that amount is the presumed correct number, yet the parties deviated from it for reasons enumerated in the agreement. This statute’s language is identical to that in The Child Support Standards Act, Family Court Act ‘ 413 subd. 1(h). But, although there are many cases concerning the viability of agreements that deviate from the child support guidelines, few judicial opinions have interpreted whether temporary maintenance agreements that lack the required opt-out provisions are enforceable.
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.
By Joel Stashenko
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.