Matrimonial and Family Law Blog

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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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 . . .

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