About The Author Joel R. Brandes lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife Elizabeth. He is the author of Law and the Family New York, 2d (9 volumes), and Law and the Family New York Forms, 2d (5 volumes) (Thomson Reuters Westlaw). He writes the annual updates to Law and the Family New York, 2d, and Law and the Family New York Forms, 2d with his daughter Bari Brandes Corbin, Esq., and his son Evan Barett Brandes, Esq. Mr. Brandes is an acknowledged expert and authority on New York Divorce and Family Law. He has authored more than five hundred articles that have been published in legal journals. When he practiced law in New York, his practice was limited to matrimonial litigation, trials and appeals, and he authored “Law and the Family,” a regular monthly column in the New York Law Journal. During that time he co-chaired the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section and lectured on all aspects of matrimonial and family court practice to attorneys throughout the state. Mr. Brandes writes and publishes Bits and Bytes, ™ an electronic newsletter for the New York divorce and family law bench and bar, and New York Divorce and Family Law at www.nysdivorce.com.