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Increase In Divorce Rate Among Those Over 65

Years ago, divorce was unheard of among older adults. Many individuals who suffered from marital problems that are currently part of the sixty and over generation, lived separate lives but remained married one another. One of the main reasons a pair would remain together, despite his or her differences, was that divorce was not socially […]

Signs That Your Child Needs To Speak With A Therapist About the Divorce

While a divorce is difficult for both spouses, it is even more difficult for children to endure. Even if children are not showing signs of emotion, it is likely that he or she is still experiencing hardship. Some children may cope through anger, while others may cry. Regardless of whether children are exhibiting their emotions, […]

Child Support

Under New York State law, children must be financially supported until they are 21 years old. Regardless of whether or not an individual knows a child personally or lives with them, a parent is required to pay child support under the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) in New York.

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What is an Order of Protection?

An order of protection is a legal document that limits the behavior of an individual. An order of protection may be granted by a court if an individual threatens another individual or to address various types of safety issues. Orders of protection can be issued by a family, criminal, or civil court, however the orders […]

What You Should Know About Child Custody

When it comes to child custody determinations, there are many forms of custody that can be awarded by the court. For instance, there is a difference between legal and physical custody, as well as joint and sole custody of the child. If you are going through a divorce with children, it is important to be […]

Social Media and Divorce: What You Should Know

Nowadays most individuals are active on at least one social media site. A November 2016 study by the Pew Research Center indicates that approximately 68% of all adults use Facebook. When going through a divorce, the social media account of either party can play a major role. Serving as what appears to be an online […]

New York Same-Sex Spouses Divorce: Child Custody Considerations

According to a study published in 2013 by Dr. Nanette Gartrell and Dr. Jack Drescher, there are 690,000 same-sex couples living in the U.S. and 19 percent are raising children under the age of 18. In June 2015, the Supreme Court gave its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, sanctioning homosexual couples the constitutional right to […]

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

Whether to enter into a prenuptial agreement, also known as an antenuptial agreement, is an important decision for two individuals who are getting married. A prenuptial agreement is a contract which dictates how marital assets will be divided, and can even set out alimony amounts and issues regarding children. If two individuals choose to enter […]

Marital Privileges During a Criminal Trial

When a witness takes the stand in a criminal trial, generally they are required to testify. There are certain confidential relationships under state and federal law which prevent a witness from being compelled to testify. These include the well-known attorney-client and doctor-patient privileges. Privileges are granted by law and are not Constitutional rights like the […]

Amendments Change how Division of Assets and Post-Divorce Maintenance are Calculated

The amendments to Domestic Relations Law §236 are now applicable law since the New York Legislature and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo passed them last year. Improving spousal maintenance guidelines has been an ongoing discussion since 2010, culminating in the new changes. The amendments mark a compromise between lawmakers, advocates, and various family law rules […]

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