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Pets Are People, Too!

Pets Are People, Too! by Joshua Katz

{4:30 minutes to read} “Decidedly more than a piece of property”—pet owners would categorically agree that their pets are indeed family.

In a recent decision in the case of Travis v. Murray, Judge Matthew Cooper of Manhattan said that Joey, a mini Dachshund, was “decidedly more than a piece of property,” allowing for a brief best interest hearing to determine custody of the family dog post-divorce.

The hearing determines which “parent” will provide a better home environment for the dog and be more apt to allow the other “parent” the ability to foster a continued relationship with Joey. 

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Same-Sex Marriages – What Rights Does a Non-Biological Parent Have?

Same-Sex Marriages - What Rights Does a Non-biological Parent Have? by Joshua Katz

{2:50 minutes to read} In same-sex marriages, no presumption of legitimacy arises. 

New York Law states that a child conceived during a marriage is presumed to be legitimate. However, all presumptions are rebuttable, and a recent ruling by the Appellate Division holds that there is no presumption in cases of same-sex marriages.  

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Manhattan-Quality Divorce Representation at a Queens Price

Manhattan-Quality Divorce Representation at a Queens Price By Joshua Katz

{1:15 minutes to read} Parents going through divorce want the best for their children, but sometimes they disagree on what “the best” actually is.

Child custody disputes are often the most contentious obstacles for divorcing parents to overcome. While there are many matrimonial law practitioners to choose from in New York, Plaine & Katz, LLP stands out from the crowd because of our experience and expertise in custody disputes and equitable distribution litigation, in addition to the following aspects of divorce:

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