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Staten Island Advance, January 22, 2012

Getting a Divorce? Better Not Be in a Hurry

Divorce cases are among the most gut-wrenching and contentious on Staten Island court dockets, and to the dismay of litigants and their lawyers, they’re taking longer to resolve. Budget cuts and layoffs in the court system are prime culprits for the delays…According to the New York City Bar Association, the state judiciary, last year, was subjected to a $170 million budget cut. About 8 percent of its workforce, or 1,300 employees, left the courts due to early retirements and layoffs. As a result of those reductions, all courtrooms throughout the state must stop all activities at 4:30 p.m., including trials, settlement conferences and meetings with lawyers.

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