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NOW New York State

 

DOMESTIC RELATIONS

As a result of current divorce practices and laws, women and children are falling into poverty.

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Every effort must be made to assure fairness in all domestic relations law. NOW-New York State recognizes the need to revise our legal system and its definitions to accommodate a diversity of family structures while maintaining access to the court system for all women and men.

Read:
NOW - NYS Supports Petition Regarding Human Rights Violations in the Family Courts
Ask Oprah to Hear the Cries of Battered Mothers and Their Children
Child Custody and Abuse: The Myths and the Facts
Myths and Facts about Fatherlessness (pdf)
No Fault Divorce Legislation Hurts Women (pdf)
Fathers' Responsibilities Before Fathers' Rights

 
NOW-New York State Supports:

Equal distribution legislation to replace current equitable distribution standard.
Legislation to require extensive education for judges on economics of divorce, sexual harassment, sexual orientation and race.
Legislation to mandate the award for legal fees to the non-monied spouse pursuing or defending an action for divorce, spousal support, child support, custody and enforcement of court orders.
Penalities for concealing marital assets, including an award of 100 percent of those assets to the wronged spouse, in addition to other criminal and economic penalties.
Legislation to require that custody be awarded to the primary caregiver.
Legislation to redefine "family" to include, but not be limited to, extended and new family formations including shared space, domestic partners and consanguinity.
 
NOW-New York State Opposes:
Any legislation that requires judges to consider joint custody over the objections of either parent.
Any legislation or court directive establishing court procedures that effectively deny women due process such as mediation, joint custody or parental education.
Any legislation establishing a unilateral no-fault ground for divorce.

More information on the issue of family rights may be found at now.org.

 

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