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Matrimonial Law Committee

The Matrimonial Law Committee addresses issues related to the family and the practice of matrimonial law including equitable distribution, spousal support, child support, custody, access, same sex marriage, prenuptial, post-nuptial and separation/settlement agreements, financial valuations and forensic valuations.

Among its many efforts, the Matrimonial Committee reviews, assesses and, when appropriate, reports to the City Bar on legislation that directly or indirectly impacts the practice of matrimonial law. Committee members often serve with members of other committees when there are issues that transcend multiple disciplines. Most recently, members of the Committee are participating in the preparation of a report for submission to the New York State Law Revision Commission.

Continuing legal education programs are an integral part of the Committee’s work. Programs are designed and sponsored by the Committee for the Bar and judiciary twice per year in addition to participation as a co-sponsor of programs that intersect with or involve the practice of family law.

Recent Reports

Comments regarding the Office of Court Administration’s proposed rule on alternative dispute resolution in matrimonial law cases (February 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Matrimonial Law Cases

Report on A.10218A/S.1749C which 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 (June 2012) ( PDF )
Subject area: Custodial Rights

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)( PDF )
Subject area: Divorce and Maintenance Laws

For the full list of committee reports click here

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.


What Passage of the Marriage Equality Law Will Mean for Same-Sex Couples in New York: A Multidisciplinary Forum - 10/4/11 Event Materials

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