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Matrimonial Law: Part 2: Prenuptial Agreements; Custody Issues; Equitable Distribution; and A View From the Bench

Total Credits
2.5 - 3.25
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Gain an overview of what you need to know to practice matrimonial law from seasoned practitioners, a court attorney, a clerk of the court, a special referee and a matrimonial court judge.

Topics include:

  • Ins and Outs of the Matrimonial Office
  • Prenuptual Agreements; Stipulations of Settlement; Separation Agreements
  • Custody Issues; The Attorney for the Child
  • Equitable Distribution
  • A View From the Bench: How Contested Cases are Handled by the Court; Pitfalls for the Matrimonial Practitioner

Lecturer Bios

Franklin S. Bonem Esq.

Mr. Bonem has many years' experience in virtually all matrimonial law and other domestic relations areas of practice. He advises clients on premarital, marital and other agreements covering the distribution of marital and separate property. He handles such related issues as spousal maintenance, child support and child custody and visitation. He is a trial and appellate litigator. He was the attorney in a leading case in the New York appellate courts on a parent's financial responsibility for the college education of his or her children, and a leading case on the valuation and distribution of professional licenses. Mr. Bonem graduated cum laude from Columbia College and cum laude from New York University Law School, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar and an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow. He was a member of the Supreme Court Committee of the New York County Lawyers' Association and is a member of its Matrimonial Law Section, and of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a former member of the New York City Bar's Committee on Civil Rights. More recently he served three terms as a member of its Committee on Matrimonial Law and five years as a member of its Committee on Women in the Courts.

Hon. Laura E. Drager

Briana Denney, Esq.

Prior to entering private practice, Briana Denney was a court attorney for a matrimonial judge in New York County. She served as co-chair of the Matrimonial Law Section of the New York County Lawyers Association from 2011 to 2014 and was co-chair of the New York Women's Bar Association Matrimonial and Family Law Committee from 2009 to 2011.

Paul E. Rudder, Esq.

Paul E. Rudder, Esq. is a Family and Divorce Lawyer committed to providing the highest quality of legal services in the most cost-effective and straight forward manner. He is one of the most highly regarded Matrimonial Attorneys in New York City. He has been selected as “Top Lawyer” in Divorce Law field from 2007 to present by New York Times Super Lawyers Section. He was also appointed to New York City Bar Association Matrimonial Committee as of August 2015. He is also a top rated lawyer on in the divorce category. Having handled thousands of divorces, Mr. Rudder has devoted his career to guiding his clients through a difficult and confusing process of dissolution of their marriages. Rated among the best divorce lawyers in NYC for his outstanding credentials and track record, Mr. Rudder is recognized for his unique ability to guide and navigate his clients toward a realistic view of the process, its potential outcomes and effects on the family while directing the client through the complexities of the judicial system. Because of the diversity of cases he has been involved in, he was selected as a frequent Analyst and Commentator on Court TV ("10 years" as a Matrimonial and Divorce expert). On the show he discussed and commented on a number of legally controversial as well as high profile celebrity divorces.

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