Monday, September 12, 2016

DIVORCING YOUR PARENTS


Remember that movie? Drew Barrymore, as Casey, decides to divorce both her parents.

Several years ago, there was an interesting article in the NY Times "When Parents Are Two Toxic To Tolerate" - see http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/health/20mind.html?ref=health

It brought to mind a statutory provision on adoptions. Because if your over 18, it is possible to "divorce " your parents via DRL 111 (4):

"Where the adoptive child is over the age of eighteen years the consents specified in paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) of subdivision one of this section shall not be required, and the judge or surrogate in his discretion may direct that the consent specified in paragraph (f) of subdivision one of this section shall not be required if in his opinion the best interests of the adoptive child will be promoted by the adoption and such consent cannot for any reason be obtained."

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