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2014 Changes in New York State Divorce Laws

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2014 Changes in New York State Divorce Laws

2014 ushered in several changes to laws in New York State regarding divorce, custody, and maintenance issues. These changes pertaining to family law are primarily intended to support families that are transitioning from marriage to divorce and ensure that the monetary guidelines related to support keep up with the changing financial times. In one of Read the Rest…

Why You Want to Treat Your Children Well during the Divorce Process

The process of divorce is difficult for everyone, but perhaps nobody in the family is as affected by the transition as your children. Children are innocent bystanders in divorce and are at risk for lifelong consequences if the transition is rocky. Luckily, in most cases, when you treat your children well during the divorce process, Read the Rest…

Talking with Friends and Family about Your Separation – What to Say and When to Say It

Separating from your spouse is difficult, but it can be even more so without the support of family and friends. Unfortunately, because spouses often share friendships, things can get dicey. Explaining your decision to separate to the people in your life can be uncomfortable and awkward. If you are in the midst of a separation Read the Rest…

What Happens if a Spouse Loses a Job after a Divorce Settlement?

Divorce settlements are intended to be final, but sometimes life interferes with an existing arrangement. Just as things change when you are married, changes can occur when you are divorced. For instance, if you or your spouse loses their job or there is a significant change in income for any reason, it is possible to Read the Rest…

The Divorce is Final – What Now?

Many newly divorced individuals experience a let-down or depression following their divorce. Even if they handled their emotions well during the process, they are now faced with starting new and they are no longer focused on the process of divorce. Things are final and now they must rebuild and move forward, which can be just Read the Rest…

How Nanny Cams and Tracking Devices Can Benefit Your Side of the Divorce Proceedings

Often in divorce proceedings, parents are concerned about the care of their children. They know it may not be in their child’s best interest to spend time with the other parent or a care giver, but they are unsure how to prove this to the court. Your soon-to-be-ex might be on his or her best behavior Read the Rest…

What Equitable Distribution Really Means

Equitable distribution is the division of property rights that occurs during a divorce proceeding. It also includes debt obligations. Equitable refers to the fairness of the division, as opposed to the equality of it. Courts consider a variety of factors when determining what it is deemed equitable, including the current and future financial situations of Read the Rest…

Initial Questions to Ask Your Attorney and Your Spouse’s Attorney

  Once you find a divorce attorney and begin divorce proceedings, there are several questions you should ask during the initial meeting. These questions help you and your attorney “get on the same page” and determine how to proceed with the legal end to your marriage.   What questions are important to present to your Read the Rest…

Coming to a Fair Maintenance Agreement in New York State

The goal of a fair maintenance agreement is to ensure the supported spouse is able to maintain his or her current lifestyle following the divorce. When a couple divorces, one spouse is often responsible for contributing to the financial well-being of the other spouse. Many states refer to these payments as alimony, but in New Read the Rest…

How to Establish a Fair Parenting Schedule Arrangement

Parenting Schedule arrangements are possibly the most important part of a divorce settlement. Spouses are required to submit a preferred parenting schedule and the court is tasked with approving this schedule or creating an alternative. How is a Fair Parenting Schedule Arrangement Established? The well-being of the child is the most important aspect of a Read the Rest…