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Thursday, February 15, 2018

How Do I Get My Ex to Pay Child Support?


You finally got through the divorce and thought that your life would calm down and improve as you and your children found your new normal. Things would be tight financially, but between your job and the court-ordered child support, you will be able to make ends meet. As the months go by, your ex gets later and later in paying the support. Over time, an arrearage has accumulated, putting great financial stress on you, because you still have to figure out how to pay all your bills, clothe, and feed the children without the money your ex was supposed to pay. It may be time to enlist the help of a skilled Read more . . .


Monday, January 29, 2018

When Can a Child Choose Which Parent to Live With?


Children often would prefer to live with one parent rather than the other when the parents do not live together due to separation, divorce, or having never married. Kids frequently want to know if there is a magical age at which they get to walk into court and choose the parent with whom they will live. An experienced New YorkRead more . . .


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How Do I Value My Business During a Divorce?


How Do I Value My Business During a Divorce?

Business valuations are usually contentious during a divorce. The person who wants to keep the company puts a low value on it to minimize the cost to buy out the other spouse’s interest. The person who is not keeping the business wants a high value to maximize the amount of buyout received. Spouses rarely agree on the value of a business at the outset when going through a divorce. If you are in this situation, you’ll likely benefit from the assistance of a Read more . . .


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Avoid Co-Parenting Issues with a Co-Parenting Plan


It can be hard for two people who no longer want to be married to each other to work together to raise the children after divorce. Emotions can run high and the children can get caught in the middle. If the parents already have poor communication or conflict-resolution skills, particularly when interacting with each other, disagreements about the children can quickly become a powder keg. In these situations, a New York child custody lawyer can assist you in planning and preparation to prevent problems. Here is how to avoid co-parenting issues with a co-parenting plan.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

What is Considered Marital Property in New York?


If you are in the midst of or considering a divorce in New York, you are probably wondering how the court will split up the property between you and your spouse. Divorce courts look at everything the parties own and label each item as either marital property or separate property.  Determining what is or is not marital property can be complicated, so it makes sense to have an Read more . . .


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I Think My Spouse is Selling My Things - What Can I Do to Stop It?


You notice one day that some of your jewelry is missing. A few days later, your coin collection is noticeably smaller. Thanks to the security cameras, you are confident that only you and your spouse have been inside your home. The two of you have been going through some difficult times lately, and now you find yourself wondering if you should contact a Read more . . .


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Avoid Common Divorce Mistakes with A Simple Divorce Checklist


Divorce is a complex process that takes time, energy and organization. Working with an experienced family law lawyer can help you get through the most difficult parts, but getting yourself organized can help things go more smoothly and may even help you save some money while you’re at it.
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Am I Liable for Debts That My Ex Incurs After We Separate?


When going through a divorce in New York, you need to be able to anticipate your financial future. While many people focus on the assets they will retain or acquire in the process, it is equally important to evaluate the debt distribution. If you are considering divorce, you may be concerned about the debt that your ex is incurring. Seeking the advice of an experienced Read more . . .


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Can I Appeal My Divorce Outcome?


Let’s face it, divorce is a stressful time for all involved. You and you ex-spouse are likely fighting over the same things. As a result, you might not be able to compromise and settle issues outside of court. You might need a judge to intervene.

Judges make decisions as best they can, based on the circumstances of your case.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

How Do I Value My Business for Distribution Purposes During a Divorce?


When going through a divorce in New York, you will have to place a value on all your property. Since the value of assets often changes over time, the court will decide the valuation date for your assets. For example, the court may say that you must determine the value of your assets as of the date you or your spouse filed the divorce.

You and your spouse may agree on the value of some of the assets, but the value of a business is often in dispute. The spouse who wants to keep a business may want to fix a low value on it, to minimize the amount she has to pay to “buy out” her spouse’s marital interest in the asset.


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Monday, September 11, 2017

My Spouse and I Have Joint Custody of Our Children - Who Should Be Claiming Them for Tax Purposes?


Tax laws are complicated at best, and when you add to the mix divorce laws, it is easy to understand why people have questions about the tax consequences of divorce. When one parent has custody of a child in New York, that parent has the right to claim the dependency exemption for the child, unless the parent gives up the right. It gets tricky when parents have joint custody of the child. The IRS does not allow parents to split the exemption. Only one parent may claim the exemption in any given year.


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