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Pets and Divorce: Looking At the Best Interest of the Animal

Pets and Divorce: Looking at the Best Interest of the Animal (OnDemand)
Originally Held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Join the Honorable Matthew Cooper and Ms. Debra Hamilton in an insightful exploration of the intersection between pets and divorce. This CLE will delve into the historical trajectory of case law culminating in the pivotal Domestic Relations Law changes in 2021 mandating judges to utilize the Best Interest standard in determining the fate of family pets amidst divorce proceedings. The discussion will revolve around the practical application of the legislation. How are judges implementing the Best Interest standard in practice? The conversation will address the nuanced concept of defining Best Interest and the broader implications thereof. Judge Cooper will offer valuable insights, reflecting upon the case of Travis v. Murray. Complementing this legal perspective, Ms. Hamilton will present innovative approaches to facilitate resolution in contentious pet-related conflicts. She will advocate for the integration of mediation as a constructive tool for disputing parties to collaboratively discern the optimal Best Interests for their beloved pets. Don’t miss this compelling discussion at the intersection of law, compassion, and pet welfare, as Judge Cooper and Ms. Hamilton illuminate the path towards equitable resolutions in the challenging realm of pets and divorce.

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CLE Credit:
New York: 1.5 Professional Practice
New Jersey: 1.7 General
California: 1.0 General
Pennsylvania: 1.0 General
Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

Program Fee:

$50 for Members | $150 for Nonmembers
This program is free to Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in 2022-2024), In-House Counsel, Judges, or Attorneys  in  Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors.

Program Instructors:

Honorable Matthew Cooper, Justice (Retired), New York State Supreme Court
Ms. Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton,
Hamilton Law and Mediation, LLC

Sponsoring Association Committees:
Senior Lawyers, Diane Fener and Jean Bleich, Co-Chairs
Matrimonial Law, Michael David Stutman, Chair
Small Law Firm, Adam N. Weissman, Chair

Co-Sponsored by:
Small Law Firm Center

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Wednesday, 22 May 2024


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