Divorce: New York

Divorce: New York

Tag Archives: Justice Francis A. Nicolai

Automatic Increase in Child Support Ruled Unenforceable Penalty

Posted in Agreements and Stipulations
In its May 25, 2016 decision in Fitzpatrick v. Fitzpatrick, the Appellate Division, Second Department, affirmed the denial of an ex-wife’s application to enforce a divorce settlement provision that called for an automatic increase in child support upon the ex-husband’s default in any other obligation of that settlement. The parties entered into that separation agreement… Continue Reading

Ordering Joint Custody in Contested Divorce Custody Proceedings

Posted in Custody and Visitation
Two decisions this past month involved joint custody awards despite antagonism between the parents and contested custody proceedings. In Prohaszka v. Prohaszka, Supreme Court Putnam County Justice Francis A. Nicolai had awarded the divorcing parties joint legal custody of the parties’ children, with the mother having primary physical custody and final decision-making authority. In its… Continue Reading