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Family Law

60 East 42nd Street
40th Floor
New York, NY 10165
(212) 687-3822
Harold B. Beeler
Divorce & Family Law Attorney & Mediator
60 East 42nd Street, 40th Floor
New York, NY 10165
As a New York State judge, I wrote extensively in the field of matrimonial and family law. I  published opinions concerning grounds for divorce, interpretation of prenuptial agreements, custody of children, equitable distribution, jurisdiction of New York State courts over divorce cases, and the parental rights of same-sex partners. These published opinions along with a brief summary include:
Published Opinions:
  • Guerrand-Hermes v Guerrand-Hermes (2009)- interpretation of relationship between New York and French prenuptial agreements;
  • Smith v Walsh- Smith (2008)- “YouTube” divorce trial: husband granted divorce for cruel and inhuman treatment by wife for rant on YouTube video;
  • Debra H. v Janice R (2008)- same-sex partner entitled to hearing to determine parental rights to non-biological child;

  • A.F. v S.F (2007)- discontinuance of divorce case conditioned on retention by court  of jurisdiction over the custody of the children;
  • Zelman v Zelman(2007)-right of attorney to lien on property subject to equitable distribution;           
  • Kramer v Paronen(2006)-long-arm jurisdiction over financial matters and residence requirements for divorce cases.

In the more than twenty years serving as a New York State judge, I presided over a number of high-profile trials. These trials along with a brief summary include:

Notable Cases
  • Ferguson v Combs-civil trial of Sean “Puffy” Combs for false imprisonment of his limo driver following flight from Club New York ;
  • Smith v Walsh-Smith-“YouTube” divorce trial for cruel and inhuman treatment by wife for rant on YouTube video;
  • People v Rodriguez-criminal trial for car-jacking robbery of Queen Latifah, singer and actress;

  • People v Hirschfeld-criminal trial of real estate mogul for solicitation to kill his business partner;
  • People v Hubrecht-criminal trial of landlord for murder of his rent-controlled tenant;
  • People v Ko-criminal trial for murder of Korean Columbia Law School student by her boyfriend.

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