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When the Departmental Disciplinary Committee learned that an attorney owed over $90,000 in child-support payments, it initiated an investigation, and, because he couldn't offer proof of payment at a hearing, the DDC eventually asked the Appellate Division, First Department, to suspend the poor guy.

Since New York's Domestic Relations Law requires the suspension of any license holder who fails to remit child-support payments (for four or more months), and the only acceptable defense is payment, the AD1 suspended the attorney until his financial obligations were satisfied.

That wasn't very supportive.

To view a copy of the Appellate Division's decision, please use this link: Matter of Melendez