New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook
The by Joel R. Brandes is available in Bookstores and online in the print edition , . It is also available and for all ebook readers in our bookstore. The New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook is divided into five parts: (1) Preliminary Matters Prior to the Commencement of Trial, Conduct of Trial and Rules of Evidence Particularly Applicable in Matrimonial Matters; (2); Establishing Grounds for Divorce, Separation and Annulment and Defenses; (3) Obtaining Maintenance, Child Support, Exclusive Occupancy and Counsel Fees; (4) Property Distribution and Evidence of Value; and (5) Trial of a Custody Case. There are thousands of suggested questions for the examination and cross-examination of witnesses dealing with very aspect of the matrimonial trial. Click and
The New York Matrimonial Trial Handbook was reviewed by Bernard Dworkin, Esq., in the New York Law Journal on December 21, 2017. His review is reprinted on our website at with the permission of the New York Law Journal.
Joel R. Brandes, is the author of Law and The Family New York, 2d (9 volumes) (Thomson Reuters), and Law and the Family New York Forms (5 volumes) (Thomson Reuters). Law and the Family New York, 2d is a treatise and a procedural guide. Volume 4A of the treatise contains more than 950 pages devoted to an analysis of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the International Child Abduction Remedies Act. It contains a complete discussion of the cases construing the Convention which have been decided by the United States Supreme Court, the Circuit Courts of Appeal, the District Courts, and the New York Courts.
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days without the need for any prior visa to be arranged. Petitioner's reply focused on the "full" police report and in support attached a declaration from his attorney who asserted that the report did not accurately reflect the communications he had with Detective Nolen and stated in relevant part: (1) he spoke only once with Detective Nolen on January 13, 2012 and during that conversation Detective Nolen informed him that the police were seriously investigating petitioner's claim and the police were aware of and investigating a group of people who had been making similar threats; (2) at the conclusion of the call they made tentative plans to discuss the matter again in two weeks but Detective Nolen did not call him back or take him up on his offer to communicate with petitioner; (3) during the call, Detective Nolen did not state that the investigation would be closed if they did not talk again within two weeks; (4) until receiving respondent's opposition he had not seen a "full" police report and as of that date believed that the police investigation remained open; and (5) the ten day letter sent by Detective Nolen was sent to petitioner's German counsel and not to Mr. Scott.
The district court observed that Rule 43(a) permits "for good cause shown in compelling circumstances and upon appropriate safeguards" the "contemporaneous transmission" of testimony to a hearing from a "different location." The Advisory Committee Notes make clear that there is a decided preference for live testimony in open court: “Contemporaneous transmission of testimony from a different location is permitted only on showing good cause in compelling circumstances. The importance of presenting live testimony in court cannot be forgotten. The very ceremony of trial and the presence of the factfinder may exert a powerful force for truthtelling. The opportunity to judge the demeanor of a witness face-to-face is accorded great value in our tradition. Transmission cannot be justified merely by showing that it is inconvenient for the witness to attend the trial.” As an example of "compelling circumstances," the Notes offer "unexpected reasons, such as accident or illness" but, even these should be balanced against the advantages and disadvantages of rescheduling the trial. The Notes add that "[o]ther possible justifications for remote transmission must be approached cautiously."The Court was not convinced that petitioner established good cause or compelling circumstances and denied his motion.