Higher Education

New York Family Law, 3rd Edition

  • Sara P. Schechter An adjunct professor in the Legal Studies and English departments of NYC College of Technology.
  • ISBN-10: 1111648441  |  ISBN-13: 9781111648442
  • 496 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 1997
  • © 2013 | Published
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The only legal text to focus specifically on family law in the State of New York, this one-of-a-kind resource covers both matrimonial law--including annulment, separation, divorce, and equitable distribution of marital property--and Family Court proceedings, such as family offenses, child protection, termination of parental rights, and adoption. Drawing on 25 years of experience as a New York Family Court judge, author Sara P. Schechter provides a detailed overview of state-specific procedures, substantive law, and terminology, as well as relevant federal legislation and family law issues of national importance. This proven guide combines in-depth content with an engaging, reader-friendly style and abundant features to support learning. Examples include Basics Boxes introducing varieties of family law litigation, Practice Tips to help students apply what they learn, cases and examples to illustrate the real-world relevance of key concepts, and current New York legal forms. Now thoroughly revised and updated to reflect current law and legal issues in the state--including key developments in same-sex marriage legislation, child support law, no-fault divorce law, and child protective laws--NEW YORK FAMILY LAW, Third Edition, is an ideal resource to prepare paralegal and undergraduate legal students for success in the exciting field of family law.

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Features and Benefits

  • New York cases (excerpted to manageable length) are integrated into the text. Because the cases illustrate the principles of law in the proximate text, the learning experience should be one of natural absorption rather than force feeding.
  • Thought provoking Discussion Topics, which appear after the case excerpts, raise theoretical and philosophical issues that may be the basis of class discussions as well as essay-type exam questions.
  • New York forms are integrated into the text.
  • Practice Tips, which appear after the forms, provide guidance for the application of the law to the forms. The Practice Tips are not mere instructions but rather explanations of the forms, providing a level of understanding that is transferable to other legal applications.
  • Basics Boxes appear in the introduction to each type of Family Law litigation. For ready reference, they summarize the subject matter jurisdiction, venue, standing, grounds, statues of limitations and applicable New York statutes for each type of case.
  • Chapter Review Questions assist in the practical application of the concepts covered in each chapter. The students will generally require guidance to think the questions through. Therefore, although they could be used as test questions, they function best during the class period, either as a Socratic exchange between instructor and students or as a groupwork project in which the students arrive at the answers together with input from the instructor. They are also adaptable to on-line instruction where the students can enter an on-line discussion to arrive at the correct answers.
  • Chapter Assignments offer the option for homework, if the instructor wishes to require it. Often alternative assignments are suggested so that the instructor has a choice of harder/easier and theoretical/practical projects.
  • A revised and expanded online instructor's manual includes chapter objectives and outlines, answers to review questions, legal references, and a robust test bank to assist in preparing course lectures, assignments, and exams.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Working in Family Law.
3. Marriage.
4. Separation.
5. Divorce: Grounds and Ethics.
6. Divorce: Procedures and Papers.
7. Custody and Visitation.
8. Support.
9. Property Division.
10. Non-Marital Children.
11. Family Offenses.
12. Child Protection.
13. Adoption.

What's New

  • The author has thoroughly updated and revised the Third Edition to reflect current New York law and pertinent legal issues, providing accurate, up-to-date information to help students prepare for success as they enter the paralegal profession or pursue further legal education.
  • New and updated material covers key developments in various aspects of New York family law essential for new professionals entering the field, including same-sex marriage legislation, child support law, no-fault divorce law, and child protective law.
  • The text includes additional or revised information on topics such as the temporary maintenance formula, expanded maintenance and equitable distribution factors, automatic order, adoption by unmarried adults, and case law.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"My overall reaction to this book is very favorable. I think it is an excellent text. It is comprehensive in subject matter. It is also very readable. Throughout it makes some difficult subject matters understandable to the reader. I think the writing style is perfect. I think it is a very good review of complex subject matter. I would continue to request to use this book and prefer this book to other texts of a similar nature."

— Anne Dils, Bryant and Stratton

"I believe it is a great product. My overall reaction to this book is favorable, because there is virtually nothing out on the market that is NYS specific for the paralegal."

— Anne Conti, Hilbert College


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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 111164845X | ISBN-13: 9781111648459)

The Online instructor's Manual serves as an instructional resource and provides teaching tips or guidelines, essay questions, answers to review and test questions, key objectives, glossary, and exercises for content reinforcement.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Sara P. Schechter

Sara P. Schechter, J.D., served for 25 years as a judge in the Family Court of the State of New York and was co-chair of the Family Court Advisory and Rules Committee. Since her retirement from the bench in 2008, she has devoted her professional efforts to legal education and is currently a distinguished lecturer at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY), an adjunct faculty member at the Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law, and a frequent presenter in training programs for the New York Unified Court System. In addition to authoring multiple editions of NEW YORK FAMILY LAW, Schechter has published articles in the New York Law Journal, Juvenile and Family Court Journal, Journal of Paralegal Education and Practice, and other prominent legal journals. She earned her J.D. from New York University Law School and her A.B. from Barnard College.