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Editor: Margaret Ryznare
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Case Update -- NY Courts Define "Intimate Relationship"

Pursuant to the New York State Family Court Act, domestic violence civil protection orders are available to "members of the same family or household," including those "who are or have been in an intimate relationship."

Two recent New York state trial court cases have applied the "intimate relationship" language.  In R.M.W. v.G.M.M, the court found that two women who bore children fathered by the same man have an "intimate relationship" for purposes of this statute.  In K.J. v. K.K., the court found that a woman has an "intimate relationship" with her biological daughter, even though the woman had relinquished the girl for adoption eight years earlier.

(MIF 02-12-2009)

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