July 23

New York’s Jurisdiction in Dissolving a Civil Union

In the wake of New York’s new same-sex marriage law (The Marriage Equality Act), many may forget that some states that refuse to allow same-sex marriage do offer what is known as a “civil union.”  Civil unions, first offered in the United States by Vermont in 2000, are a legally-recognized relationship with generally all of.

July 19

A Child’s Standing to Seek a Modification of Custody

Black’s Law Dictionary defines standing as “[a] party’s right to make a legal claim or seek judicial enforcement of a duty or right.”  Generally only a child’s parents or close-relations such as family members have standing to seek a change in custody or visitation.  The Otsego Family Court addressed this issue in Matter of Trosset.

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