May 21

An Increasing Number of Women Paying Child Support and Alimony / Maintenance

An Increasing Number of Women Paying Child Support and Alimony / Maintenance

The “Gender Gap” may be diminishing. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is reporting that many attorneys say that they have seen an increase in the number of women paying child support and alimony (or maintenance as it is known in New York).

There are a number of possible explanations for this change. It is believed that, as a result of changing “gender roles” in the family, an increasing number of fathers have custody of their children and therefore receive child support from the mothers. Another likely cause is the fact that there has been a tremendous increase in the number of families in which the wife earns more money than the husband, which then, after a divorce, results in the former wife paying alimony (or maintenance) to the former husband.

May 18

Maryland’s Highest Court Allows Same-Sex Divorce

Today, Maryland’s highest court (Court of Appeals), in the case of Port v. Cowan, unanimously ruled that the state can grant divorces to same-sex couples legally married in other states. The decision states that “a valid out-of-state same-sex marriage should be treated by Maryland courts as worthy of divorce.”

May 16

WSJ Article about “No-Fault” Divorce in New York

WSJ Article about “No-Fault” Divorce in New York

Sophia Hollander of the Wall Street Journal has written a fascinating article about New York’s “No Fault” divorce law which now allows a spouse to seek and obtain a divorce without claiming or proving “grounds.”

In the article, Ms. Hollander details a trial that this blog has covered previously – the case of Sorrentino v. Sorrentino, in which Judge Quinn of the Suffolk County Supreme Court ordered a trial to be held in order to determine if the Plaintiff-spouse had proven that the relationship between her and her husband had suffered an “irretrievable breakdown.”

May 8

Proposal to Permit E-Filing in New York State Family Courts

Proposal to Permit E-Filing in New York State Family Courts

According to a New York Law Journal article, Chief Administrative Judge, the Honorable A. Gail Prudenti, has proposed a new system to allow electronic filing in Family Court and criminal courts. Details of the new system have not yet been finalized but this may make filing much easier – assuming that there are no hiccups along the way.

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