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For years, Neil Cahn has been a prominent online voice discussing family law matters. Since 2010, he has published blogposts discussing some 400 recent court decisions at his leading site, Here, on, the posts focus on current topics of general interest on divorce and other family law matters, as well as the litigation, mediation and collaborative law processes and marital agreements.

Blanket prohibitions in divorces against spouses disparaging each other are unconstitutional

By Neil Cahn on June 12, 2022

Last month, Indiana’s second highest court held that it was unconstitutional for a trial judge to order in a divorce case that neither party disparage the other when their child was not present. That decree was a prior restraint…

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Olivia Wilde served onstage with court custody papers: the damage is already done

By Neil Cahn on June 7, 2022

On April 26th, Olivia Wilde was served with court custody papers while she was on stage, addressing a full audience at CinemaCon, the Las Vegas Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners. The papers were just the start…

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What if We Keep Our Divorce Secret from Our Health Insurance Company?

By Neil Cahn on August 16, 2021

From What if we don’t tell my health insurance company that we got divorced? Then, both of you, the named insured and his or her former spouse, act at your peril. Consider, the 2021 decision of New York County…

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Anticipating Future Finances when Agreeing to Support Obligations

By Neil Cahn on July 12, 2021

From It is not rare, and may be commendable, to resolve child support obligations based upon anticipated future circumstances: an expected job, obtaining a degree or license, etc. However, when doing so, care must be taken to anticipate not…

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Is Home-Schooling “Attending” School?

By Neil Cahn on June 28, 2021

From Is a divorce settlement agreement that mandates that the children attend school within a particular school district satisfied by the children being home schooled within that district? Maybe, held the Third Department in its June 17, 2021 decision in Matter…

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Terminating Child Support While Child Away at College

By Neil Cahn on June 14, 2021

From It is common for child support to continue to be paid while a child is away at college. A child often will return  home for perhaps four months of the year. What happens when the student just stays…

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Making Mom Make the Kids Visit Dad

By Neil Cahn on October 5, 2020

From Can a court order a parent to impose discipline on children who voluntarily refuse to engage in court-ordered visitation with the other parent? Yes, said Monroe County Supreme Court Justice Richard A. Dollingerin his September 18, 2020 opinion in Matthew…

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Father’s Promise to Help Pay for Private College Enforced

By Neil Cahn on July 23, 2018

From Are verbal promises and statements of intention relating to child support enforceable? It is a basic tenet of family law that to be enforceable, agreements between parents must be in writing and acknowledged before a notary; except, it…

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Considering a Step-Parent’s Income and Assets on Child Support Awards

By Neil Cahn on April 17, 2017

From Under what circumstances may a step-parent’s income and assets be considered by a court when deciding whether awarding the formula amount of support would be unjust or inappropriate? When may a court deviate from the formula because of…

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Children Refuse to See Father; Child Support Suspended

By Neil Cahn on January 16, 2017

From The parties, who were never married, have two children together, the younger of whom is now 17 years old. The parents have been litigating custody and visitation issues for almost the entire lives of their children. In its…

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May Your Spouse’s Attorney Ethically Access Your Facebook Page?

By Neil Cahn on October 3, 2016

From With the increasing use of social media evidence, what may a lawyer do to gather the evidence (or to prevent it from being gathered)? More and more, social media is finding its way into court cases. Family law…

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Hearing Ordered to Determine Custody of Dog in Divorce Action

By Neil Cahn on December 9, 2013

From Blending science, culture, compassion and philosophy with legal precedent,Justice Matthew F. Cooper, in his November 29, 2013 opinion in Travis v. Murray, agreed to hold a one-day, winner-take-all hearing to determine the fate of a divorcing couple’s dog, Joey, a two…

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