Court of Appeals Review 2010


Implications of Howard S. v Lillian S.  & Fields v Fields

by:  Timothy M. Tippins

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Those who read last year’s Court of Appeals Review[1] may recall the discussion of Mahoney-Buntzman[2] and Johnson v. Chapin.[3]  The view was there expressed that those decisions were a rather hopeless harbinger of an ongoing deterioration in the quality of judicial decisions coming to pass in the domestic relations field.  The work-product of the court in 2010 does nothing to reverse that opinion.  Indeed, this year may be seen in retrospect as the point in time when even the pretense to intellectual honesty in the courts has fallen away.

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About The Authors


timTimothy Tippins Esq.

Timothy M. Tippins, Esq. is an adjunct professor at Albany Law School and serves on the faculty of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and on the Affiliate Postdoctoral Forensic Faculty at St. John’s University. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Psychology at Siena College. He is a private practitioner who has engaged in matrimonial and family law practice since 1975 and devotes his practice exclusively to serving as trial counsel and consultant to other family law practitioners on a nationwide basis, with special emphasis on the presentation and cross-examination of expert mental health testimony. Tippins has served in all major professional leadership positions in the New York family law community, including President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – New York Chapter, Chair of the NYSBA Family Law Section, and Chair of the NYSBA Task Force on Family Law. Tippins is a regular feature columnist for the New York Law Journal and is the author of the multi-volume treatise New York Matrimonial Law & Practice (West Publishing).

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