Matrimonial and Family Law Blog

Friday, July 6, 2018

What Happens When Co-Parents Disagree About Cell Phones for Their Kids?

Co-parenting can be one of the most difficult issues parents must face when they separate and divorce. It is usually in the best interest of the child for both parents to remain active participants in the child’s life. For that reason, New York requires parents to develop a parenting plan that outlines the custody agreement and visitation terms for the child. Our

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Friday, June 22, 2018

How Do I Appeal My Divorce Judgment?

In many cases, a divorce judgment is the final order of the court. Even though you might not like the judge’s order, your displeasure is not a valid reason for appealing a divorce judgment under New York laws. However, there are circumstances in which a party may have a valid reason for filing an appeal of the divorce judgment. You should consult with an

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What Types of Expert Witnesses Are Used in Divorce Cases?

Expert witnesses are usually associated with criminal cases or personal injury cases. However, expert witnesses can also be very helpful in a divorce case. When issues in a divorce case are in dispute, an expert witness can help the family court judge sort through the various opinions and allegations to get to the truth. There are many situations in which an expert witness can be valuable in a family law matter.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Five Reasons a Judge Will Not Grant a Child Support Modification

When you are a parent, the state presumes that you have an obligation to provide for your child financially, regardless of whether you are married to the other parent or have custody of the child. All parents are expected to contribute to the upkeep and support of their child. Therefore, New York family laws contain guidelines for child support payments, including the modification of child support orders. Our

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Five Tips for Avoiding Divorce

As New York marital agreement lawyers, we see couples in our offices who want to protect their relationship by entering a prenup or premarital agreement. While some people assume prenups are about protecting assets and avoiding costly divorce proceedings, premarital agreements accomplish so much more.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Seven Reasons You Should Have a Postnup

If you did not enter into a prenup or pre-marital agreement, it is not too late for you to protect yourself, your children, and your assets. Couples who are already married may enter into a postnup or post-nuptial agreement. A post-marital agreement can serve the same purposes as a pre-marital agreement. Our

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Equitable Distribution of Marital Property in New York

One of the worries many people express to our divorce attorneys when considering a divorce in New York is whether they will receive a fair share of the marital property. For couples who have a high-net-worth, dividing assets can be a complicated endeavor, especially if it involves both marital and non-marital assets.
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Can I Report My Father for Not Paying Child Support?

Divorce is hard on families – especially when there are kids involved. One child may identify with one parent and become protected over them. Others will want to seek “justice” when they feel powerless to do so. In some cases, a child of divorced parents may feel let down by one or both parents, especially when one is not adhering to the law or the divorce agreement. This often happens when one parent is unable or unwilling to pay court-ordered child support.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Legal Separation or Divorce

Everyone enters a new marriage with excitement and anticipation. From the first date to the final song at the reception, the happy couple is thrilled to be together and can’t wait for what the future holds. Unfortunately, sometimes that future isn’t so bright.

About half of all marriages in this country fail. It’s never an easy decision to end a marriage.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Does my Ex Have Parental Rights in Prison

My Ex is in Prison - Does He Still Have Parental Rights?

Estimates are that about five million children in the United States have a parent who has been incarcerated at some point in their life. A parent who goes to prison significantly impacts the life of a child, especially if they are behind bars during the formative years of their life. The percentage of minors with a parent in prison rose by about 80% from 1991 to 2007, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. If your co-parent is in prison and you are concerned about parental rights, it is best to speak with an experienced child custody lawyer. Research shows that children with a jailed parent usually have less of a family income and are usually forced to move frequently.
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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

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