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Matrimonial Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Matrimonial Law Cases

Comments by the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Law Committees regarding the Office of Court Administration’s proposed rule on alternative dispute resolution in matrimonial law cases, February 2013

Custodial Rights

A.7189-A (AM Rozic) / S.2094-A (Sen. Golden) - Would amend the Domestic Relations Law to enable extended family members to intervene in matrimonial actions seeking custodial rights bases upon a claim of extraordinary circumstances.

  • Report in opposition to legislation by the Matrimonial Law Committee, Reissued June 2013.

Divorce and Maintenance Laws

A.11447 (AM Weinstein) - Directs the Law Revision Commission to review, assess and make recommendations on revisions to divorce and maintenance laws of the state. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Matrimonial Law Committee, June 2010.


Report to the Law Revision Commission highlighting crucial issues that should be examined in the Commission's assessment of the maintenance laws of the state and the economic consequence of divorce on the parties, October 2011.

  • "City Bar Provides Recommendations to Law Revision Commission on Divorce Maintenance Laws" - 44th Street Blog, November 3, 2011

No-Fault Divorce

A.9753-A (AM Bing) / S.3890-A (Sen. Hassell-Thompson) – Provides that spouses may be granted a judgment of divorce in a timely fashion provided they meet certain conditions. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Matrimonial Law Committee, Reissued June 2010.
  • Testimony at the Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary, Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and the NYS Senate Majority Task Force on Domestic Violence Hearing on No-Fault Divorce and Matrimonial Law Reform, May 6, 2010.
  • Letter from City Bar President Samuel Seymour to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver urging him to support 3 pieces of legislation which would improve the operation of the NYS judicial system - A.8957-A/S.5968-A (Increasing Family Court Judges), A.11398/S.1745-A (Increasing Civil Court Judges) and A.9753-A/S.3890-A (No-Fault Divorce) - June 25, 2010.
  • Letter to Governor Paterson urging him to sign no-fault divorce legislation - July 7, 2010.
  • Signed by Governor, Chp. 384, Approval Memo No. 27 - August 13, 2010


For a full list of committee reports, click here.