Child Support Nightmare


by: Mace H. Greenfield

The June 2002 article in Newsday, “Child Support Case Painful, Complex,” is indicative of the blunders regularly found in child support cases in Family Court. Based on the information in that article only, it is important to know the following: At the time of the parties’ divorce, the father had already lost his job as a police officer, and was under a therapist’s care. In the divorce, the parties agreed to child support to be set at $50.00 per week. Read more

A Closed Minded Bench, Is A Biased Bench

A closed minded bench, is a biased bench

Too often, when a couple settles a custody matter, deciding on joint legal custody, regardless of residential custody, the judge says: “Unless you provide for who has final say if the parties do not agree, I will not approve it.” When asked why, the response is: “Because from my experience, joint custody does not work.” Once one parent has final say, it is no longer joint custody. Read more

Mace in your Face

Mace in your Face

by Mace H. Greenfield (written in 1994)

Okay people, you think with a title like this, I’m going to be brash, abrasive and bat everyone in the head. Just what kind of outrageous, loony stuff will be found here, right? Wait a minute, this is only a website. He is just trying to get our attention. This is just going to be a nice but blunt column with a title to get our attention. WRONG!!! Read more



by: Mace H. Greenfield (written in 1992)

Not-the-Mama is not only the amusingly irreverent title, affectionately given the daddy dinosaur by the baby dinosaur on the TV series Dinosaurs, but is also a societal stigma given fathers, especially separated and divorced fathers having custody. Not-the-Dada seems to be an un-conceived of concept (let’s hear about it single moms). Many capable, loving, nurturing fathers too easily give up custody during the separation and divorce process simply because of the Not-the-Mama syndrome. Yet, in this era of women’s lib and male sensitivity, other than the biological differences, what can one parent do that the other parent cannot? Answer: That depends on the individuals as individuals and not on their labels. Read more