The decision is here. This was not, by a long shot, our first time at the appellate division. It was, however, the first case we have taken from trial through the entire briefing process and final decision. We’ve argued numerous interim applications for temporary orders and relief, we’ve brought motions for stays and for permission...

The case is Matter of Avrie P. (Meliza T.) and the family lawyer for the mother apparently must have done a pretty good job at trial and on appeal because the Appellate Division found unanimously that, on the facts of this case, there should not have been a finding of neglect. The Court held that...

The case is Matter of Bisoh C. v Valentine S. and the First Department just upheld all findings, conclusions, and orders of the trial court. The step-mother prevailed at both an extraordinary circumstances (Bennett) hearing and then a best interests of the child hearing. This two part analysis is required for non-parents to challenge parental...

Two points of interest in this case – Matter of Ayanna P. (Darryl B.). (1) The appellate court upheld that it was proper for the trial judge to take a negative inference from the respondent’s failure to testify, notwithstanding the pending criminal case against him. (2) The appellate court reversed a derivative finding of abuse...

The case is Matter of Deserie D.G. v Jonathan C. and the court there upheld the well-known tenets that custody matters are decided within the sound discretion of the trial court – those findings are accorded great deference as the judge is in the best position to evaluate parties’ testimony, character, and sincerity. Those determinations...

The case is Matter of Jayden J. (Florence J.) and the appellate division, ruling on a case that terminated the mother’s parental rights, upheld the denial of the mother’s application to vacate her default. Default – that is to say that the mother was not present and the court made the ruling in her absence....

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