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47 Nassau Law. 1 (1999)

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NASSAU                                      LAWYER
The Journal Of The Bar Association Of Nassau County, N. Y, Inc.

Vol. 47 No. I

January 1999

Early Neutral Evaluation Added to
Matrimonial Process

By Lawrence M. Schaffer
At a pres conference on December 9,
1998, Chief Judge Judith Kaye an-
nounced further Initiatives intended to
further reform divorce procedures In
New York State.
In 1993, when new matrimonilal rules
were put into effet, dramatic reductions
In processing divorce cases occured
Measures to streamline court operations,
%uch as cmatl-g i.pecialized matrimonial
parts, early case management and the
appointment of an Administralive Judge
to  monitor   matrimonial   matters
statewide have been Implemented so
that obtaining a divorce In New York Is
now nimpler, speedler and less adversar-
The newest programs announced by
the Chief Judge are almeL at the same u.
The 9uro is
Attonieys Need
By David W. K lChitly, BA, ACA
and Alan E. Weiner
6 represents the -.) tbol deigned for de-
nominaling the erm oril January ,1999,
at had a gestathon perod of about six year
It's a big baby taking iLs place with the S
IUS, Caiadian, Australian, el al) . Y and
niimemqis oller worldwide currencies. The
eum (not to be confmed with the 'eurodol-
lar' ss hkch refe-s to deposits of United Slates
dollars held In Futopean banks) L projected
Io have significant future effects in ihe
worlds of commercial transactions, (bor-
rowing/lending, banking, etc), securities
trading, Inveting, traveling and tourism,
money laundering and grocery shopping
It, therefore, is incumbent upon all bust-
ncses and profesons to become familiar
with the euro during its, introduction stage
(January 1, 1999-July 1,2002). Forthelegal
and accounting presslofs, It Is more Im-
portant to learn about, and work with, the
euro now rather than later for the ,imple
reasons thai these professions represent
clients who eUoed them to offer advice on
on going tran. ctions previously entered
into, new transactions entered Into daily; fu-
ture busirnss planning: as well as the effect
that the euro will have on legal documents,
In the courtroomg on Pfnancial statements
and, of coure, tax coss.
Ths article offers insight Into many c-
ro-affcted ars. For some, it will be a lu
tonal hile for others it will be too basic or
too complex. A-s with any new commercial
birth, it will Lake year of actual experience
to sort out the intricacies and it will take

timale goal but with particular detail be-
ing gIven to alleviating the emotional
trauma of the disintegrating families
with a particular focus on poecting the
best interests of the children The Im-
portance of the use of law guardians and
mental health professionals Is stressed
In Nassau County the use of law
guardians and mental health profession
alx has long been the practice In both the
Supreme Court and Family Court when
custody and/or visitation is at Issue.
Judge Kaye called for mandatory
parental education programs in custody
and visitation cases. Indeed, the Office
of Court Administration has Included a
request to make such a program manda-
tory in its current legislative package
These prograns help to sonsitize parents
to the effcts of divorce on their children
and help them coanmunleate effectively
Born - What
to Know Today
court decisions to give definli e guidance
Ve are basically on our own In advising our
clients. There are no texts (to the author%'
knowledge) and so reference material is
limited to Web sites (%ee the box) and arti-
cles but here's still no substitute for aktu.!
What Is the Euro?
The European single currency (a/k/a
euro) replaces the exising currencies of the
II partiopating European states and repre-
ens the most significant monetary union
in world economic history Once the Intro-
ductory period of the euro is completed in
2002, the existing curiencies (referred to as
'legacy currencies by the Internal Revenue
Service [IRSI and others) of these coun-
Ines will be completely withdrawn and It Is
likely that the euro will have established it-
self as an International currency of similar
status to the United States dollar
The II countries which have bought Into
the euro are Ausria, Belgium, Finland,
France,  Germany,   Ireland,  Italy,
Luxembourg. the Netherlands, Portugal,
and Spain The remaining four European
Union membem have not joined the euro at
this stage (known as the first wave) Of
these four, Denmark, Sweden, and the
United Kingdom are not participating for
domestic political rea.eso Greece has not
joined because of the underlying weakness
of Its economy relative to the other mem-
bers of the Eumpan Union.
Theum ruis ni by the European Central
Bank which Is located in Frankfurt,
Germany. 've Bank coordintes monretary
policy for the II participating countries and

about their decisions affecting ther chil-
dren, Nassau County was among the
first to Implement thi type of program
In New York Stzte. In 1992, a program
co-sponsored by Hofstra University and
the Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental
Health through the joint efforts of
lofstra Universty's School of Law and
I lofslra Uni ersity's School of Educatikr
Graduate Programs In Marriage ano
Family Counseling was instituted here.
Divorcing parents or those with a child
in common attend a three session pro-
gram in the evening at the Nasau
County Supreme Courl The three ses-
sions are geared to educate them as to
the needs of their children and provide
thtm with the information so that they
way develop skills so they can continue
to work together for the Ixst inten-ts of

the children. It also provides them with
an overvih of the legal process that
they are now going through Over a pe-
riod of a few weeks they meet and hear
from a judge, attorney and mental health
professional familiar with these types of
cases and Issues. The PEACE (Parent
Education and Custody Effectiveness)
program established In Nassau County
through the committed efforts of
Professor Andrew Schepard of I lofstra
Law School, Supreme Court Justice
Joseph A Demam, Family Cnurt Judge
Julianne S Eisman, Stephen Sclhsel
and Sim Ferrara serves as a model for
programs not only statewide but nation.
ally, as well.
On Dec 9, Chief Judge Kaye and
Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan
C'intiued on 1,ie 22

Is recponsible for setting a common Interest
rate for all these countries. The existing
central bank.,; of the participating countries
now hae a subsidiary role to the European
Central hank and the only cay that their
governments have In monetary policy Is by
Conirsued on vig 18


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