Family Law Litigation


In-depth analysis and practical advice on topics relevant to your practice. Find all of the Family Law Litigation Committee’s articles in this archive.


No-Contact Orders in Parental Alienation Cases
By Ashish Joshi – April 14, 2020
It is critical to understand why family courts order temporary no-contact periods between the favored parent who has been found to have engaged in alienating behaviors and the child.

Recognition of Foreign Divorce Judgments in India
By Amrita Thakore – April 14, 2020
It’s not unusual for a man and a woman to be husband and wife in one jurisdiction but treated as divorced in another.

Effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on U.S. Taxpayers
By Stacey Udell – April 14, 2020
An analysis of results showing general effects as well as specifically related to alimony.


Valuing Physician Practices During Divorce
By John Meindl and Brad Parker – April 16, 2019
The valuation of a medical practice presents a unique set of challenges.

The Business Owner and the Premarital Agreement
By Sahmra A. Stevenson – April 16, 2019
Disclosure regarding a closely held business, bulletproofing the agreement, and protecting exclusive rights to the business.

How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects Matrimonial Matters
By Louis Panariello – April 16, 2019
Among the many changes to the tax laws are the deductibility of alimony payments and several tax provisions that will affect the valuation of a privately held business.


A Modern View on Family Finance—One in the Eye for the Entitlement Generation
By Simon Bruce – January 24, 2018
The public perceives that in most cases there is a 50/50 split following divorce. That is, of course, nonsense.

How to Handle Marital Dissolution and the Issue of Separate Property
By Joshua S. Sechter – January 24, 2018
Because of the myriad of ways separate property can become commingled with marital property, it is important to enlist the help of a forensic accountant to untangle these assets.

To Marry an Immigrant: The Ramifications of the I-864 Affidavit of Support
By Ray Lahoud and Jeralyn L. Lawrence – January 24, 2018
Be aware of the long-term consequences to executing this contract.


Best Practices for Reading a Personal Tax Return
By David L. Gresen – June 7, 2017
They can be a treasure trove of information if you know how to read them.

Arbitration as a Tool for Family Law Dispute Resolution
By Barbara A. Atwood and Linda D. Elrod – June 7, 2017
The pluses and minuses of arbitrating family law cases and a cautionary tale.

How to Build Tax-Proof Settlement Instruments
By Sahmra A. Stevenson – June 7, 2017
The only way to prevent improper tax reporting by parties or unintentionally being subject to recapture is by careful drafting and clear definition of the terms of an agreement.


Advice to Young Litigators, From a Young Litigator
By Sandra Starr Uretsky – March 30, 2016
Nothing in law school truly prepares a graduate for real-world lawyering.

How to Subpoena Amazon to Find an Online Seller's Income
By Sandra Starr Uretsky – March 30, 2016
When a litigant is self-employed, obtaining a picture of their cash flow can be a tedious endeavor.

Tips for Using Technology Inside and Outside the Courtroom
By Jonathan W. Lounsberry – March 30, 2016
Learn how to streamline the litigation process and enhance your evidence's impact.


A Successful Asset Search Starts with a Great Interview
By Philip Segal – January 31, 2013
Why your client may know more than she thinks.


The Limits of Electronic Discovery in Family Cases
By Dolly Hernandez – July 28, 2011
Discovery requests should include ESI, which presents a predicament for practitioners who consult with clients or their spouses who utilize social media websites.

Gender and Custody: Is the Weekend Dad Still the Norm?
By Coleen M. Penacho – July 28, 2011
In 2008, 13.7 million parents had custody of 22 million children with the other parent living elsewhere. Mothers accounted for 82.6 percent of these custodial parents.

Book Review: Collaborative Divorce Handbook
By Dolly Hernandez – July 28, 2011
The handbook is a valuable resource for new and intermediate practitioners of collaborative law as well as those who are considering involvement in the collaborative process.

Litigation Issues and Tips for New Family-Law Practitioners
By Andrew Z. Soshnick – July 28, 2011
The handbook is a valuable resource for new and intermediate practitioners of collaborative law as well as those who are considering involvement in the collaborative process.