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In today’s world of shifting family roles and scientific changes in even how a child comes into the world, the question of who is a “parent” can get murky. We have seen surrogate mothers seek custody of children they carried for couples who provided their own egg and sperm; same-sex co-parents fight for visitation rights with children with whom they have no biological or adoptive connection; and grandparents argue that they are the “real” parent to a child whose biological parent might have been mentally or physically absent for much of a child’s life. Now comes a new twist: the question of custody of a child born after three people decided they wanted to have a child. The case, Dawn M. v. Michael M., 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 807, *; 2017 NY Slip Op 27073 (Sup. Ct., Suffolk Cty., 3/8/17), presented a unique question to a New York court, but one that just might be repeated — in some form or another — in future cases.
By Matthew A. Feigin
This article is intended to help practitioners by warning of mistakes the author has seen matrimonial attorneys make in applying federal tax law.
By Laurence J. Cutler and Alyssa M. Clemente
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
According to the authors, using the holding of recent New Jersey Supreme Court case Bisbing v. Bisbing as a model, the clear and current trend throughout the United States that when a custodial parent is seeking to relocate outside of the state with a child, the best interest of the child standard should apply.
By David Bliven
This article addresses some deficiencies in reviewing separation or settlement agreements done in divorce cases, and recommends various clauses that practitioners may implement in their own practices.
Analysis of a case in which the Eighth Circuit reversed the confirmation by the Board of Immigration Appeals of a deportation order because the Immigration Judge’s finding of a fraudulent marriage was not based on proper evidence.