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By Michael Colletta on June 9, 2016

An order of protection is a court order directing an individual to stay away and refrain from communicating with another, or to refrain from “offensive conduct” toward another.  

By Michael Colletta on November 21, 2014

In order to maintain an action for divorce in New York, the plaintiff must meet New York’s residency requirements for filing. And if the plaintiff is seeking any “ancillary relief” (i.e. support, division of marital property, etc.), the court must also have personal jurisdiction over the defendant spouse.

By Michael Colletta on August 14, 2012

Getting a knock on the door from a CPS caseworker or receiving a “notification letter” in the mail that you’ve been named as a subject in a report of suspected child abuse or maltreatment is a scary experience. Clients who find themselves in that situation usually have many questions: What is a CPS report? Can CPS take my children? What happens when a neglect petition is filed in Family Court? What are my rights?

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