Divorce: New York

Divorce: New York

Tag Archives: Contract

Ex-Husband May Fire Ex-Wife Despite Intent to Use Employment As Support Device

Posted in Agreements and Stipulations, Maintenance
A couple that used “employment” of the ex-wife by the ex-husband as a device to provide post-remarriage support to the ex-wife was bound to employment rules. The wife could be fired for misconduct. So held the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in its September 26, 2014 decision in Anderson v. Anderson. The Separation and Property Settlement … Continue Reading

Does Small Claims Court Have Jurisdiction to Resolve Divorce Settlement Agreement Disputes?

Posted in Agreements and Stipulations, Counsel Fees, Enforcement of Support and Orders, Jurisdiction, Settlement
Not according to Richmond County Civil Court Judge (and Acting Suprme Court Justice) Philip S. Straniere, seemingly running afoul of a contrary body of case law, particularly in the Second Department. Small Claims Court proceedings may well be the only practical way to redress relatively modest, but often important breaches of divorce settlement agreements as to … Continue Reading

Oral Cohabitation Contract Claim Withstands Motion To Dismiss

Posted in Agreements and Stipulations, Miscellaneous Actions and Proceedings, Pensions
A non-written agreement for cohabitants to share retirement benefits can be enforceable under a breach of contract claim, but will not support claims to impose a constructive trust, or for unjust enrichment or an accounting. Such was the holding of the Appellate Division, Second Department, in its November 13, 2013 decision in Dee v. Rakower. … Continue Reading

Support Modification Agreements: Get’em in Writing; Get’em into Court (Part II)

Posted in Agreements and Stipulations, Child Support (C.S.S.A.), Enforcement of Support and Orders, Maintenance, Modification
Two decisions within the last 10 days confirm the need for agreements relating to support to be in (an acknowledged) writing, and then incorporated in a court order. In one, the Second Department affirmed the award of maintenance arrears without a hearing despite the claimed reduction of maintenance under an oral modification of the parties’ … Continue Reading

Severability: When Only One Provision of a Divorce Settlement Agreement Is Invalid

Posted in Agreements and Stipulations, Child Support (C.S.S.A.), Modification, Settlement
What happens when only one provision of an agreement is invalid because it violates some statute or public policy?  The answer may depend on who the court wants to benefit, instead of consistently-applied rules of contract law. Take, for example the April 5, 2011 decision of the Second Department in Duggan v. Duggan.  In that … Continue Reading