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The Grounds for Terminating Parental Rights in New York

New York operates under the 'best interests of the child' legal standard. In all child custody cases, state courts will make their decision based off of what is best for a child’s overall well-being. The desires of the parents are secondary. Though, there is a strong presumption that it is in a child’s best interest…
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Four Tips to Help You Prepare for a Conversation About Prenuptial Agreements

For many New York couples, prenuptial agreements offer considerable benefits. Still, talking about a prenup with your future spouse can be extremely intimidating. Some people are put off by the very idea, so it is normal to feel uneasy when broaching this topic with your partner. To help you prepare for this important discussion, our…
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How Social Media Posts Can Affect Your New York Family Law Case

If you are like most New Yorkers, you probably have at least a few active social media accounts. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, approximately seven in ten people say that they use social medical on a regular basis. This is not surprising; social media can be a great way to…
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What You Need to Know About Health Insurance and Child Support in New York

New York state has published general child support guidelines, which can be used as a starting point to determine how much child support a parent owes or will be owed to them. The guidelines are very helpful for approximating child support obligations. That being said, child support calculations are complex. There are many different financial…
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New York Child Custody Laws: When Can a Grandparent Take Custody?

Parents have a fundamental right to their child. In fact, in the 2002 case of Troxel v. Granville the Supreme Court of the United States made it clear that parents have a constitutional right to care for and control their children. Yet, New York state law also recognizes that there are circumstances in which a…
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How to Prepare for Divorce Mediation in New York

The vast majority of divorce cases never go to trial. In fact, according to a report from CBS News, 95 percent of all divorces are settled outside of a traditional courtroom setting. There are many different ways to reach a divorce settlement. For many New York couples, divorce mediation is the ideal method to resolve…
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What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

Are you currently involved in a fiercely contested divorce or child custody dispute in New York state? If so, a judge may decide to appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the best interests of your children. This individual, typically an attorney, is tasked with ensuring that your child’s rights are always fully protected during…
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Enforcing Child Support Payments

Parents have the legal duty to provide for their child. While you cannot force someone to be a part of your child’s life, you can get an order enforcing Child Support. Whether you are divorced or a single parent, a child support order can ensure your child gets valuable benefits they may be entitled to, while…
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Protecting Yourself Against Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence can occur between spouses or other family members. It may range from angry outbursts and controlling behavior to physical or sexual assaults, resulting in serious and potentially life-threatening injuries for victims. The courts take accusations of domestic violence seriously, and an experienced family law attorney can help you in taking the actions needed…
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