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Child Custody and Timesharing Plans

Few issues are more sensitive and potentially volatile in family law proceedings than matters impacting children. Whether you are unmarried or are going through a divorce, both you and the other parent have rights and responsibilities as parents, and in cases where custody is contested, it is the court's job to intervene and ensure the…
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If Child Support Ends, Does Spousal Support Increase?

Child support and spousal support (sometimes referred to as alimony) have different purposes and are often awarded independently of each other. Child support typically ends when the child turns 18 or graduates high school (if he or she turned 18 before they graduated). This money is meant to be used to for the expenses incurred…
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I Was Served Divorce Papers. Now What?

Even though a marriage has turned sour and started to unravel, it can still come as a shock when divorce papers are served. Getting an official document issued from the court with your name on it under the title, “Original Petition for Divorce” makes it a reality. Now what? Original Petition for Divorce If your…
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Divorce Outside of the Courtroom – When Mediation is an Option

Mediation can be a powerful method to resolve disputes between parties without involving the costs and delays of the court system. During this process, a trained mediator helps the parties come to a solution that is optimal for all, but not without compromises. While some divorces require court intervention, those that can be settled through…
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What to Do When the Parent in Custody Is Not Compliant with Visitation Times

If a judge rules on an order regarding child custody and visitation between the custodial and the non-custodial parents, that order becomes enforceable by law. If the custodial parent does not follow the court ordered custody and visitation order, the situation can be frustrating and emotional for everyone involved. Fortunately, New York child custody laws…
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3 Tips To Win An Appeal When SSD Has Been Denied

Based on the most recent statistics released by the Social Security Administration, the award rate for Social Security applicants has gone down year after year -- to the point that just over a third of those who applied were awarded benefits in 2010. It has already taken months and you just found out your application…
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Can A Family Inheritance Be Split In A Divorce?

Divorce is hard enough. Add in the complicated questions of how to divide all the property you have acquired over the years to the inevitable emotions and conflicts that surround the end of a marriage and it becomes nearly overwhelming. One question many people have is whether a family inheritance is subject to division in…
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Completing a Net Worth Affidavit

During divorce proceedings, both parties are required to submit a net worth affidavit. While this has been a traditional practice in New York family courts for years, recent amendments to the form require the inclusion of additional expenses and liabilities. Revisions The recent changes made to the affidavit of net worth form are the first…
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Who Gets the Family Pet?

It is estimated that as many as 80 million U.S. households own a pet. This figure reflects the importance that the average American family places on pet ownership, so it is unsurprising that many divorcing couples disagree on who should retain custody of a shared animal. Although New York courts have historically viewed animals as…
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New Rules Instituted for Preliminary Conference Preparation

In New York, when a divorce case has been assigned to a judge, the court is required to order a preliminary conference that must be held within 45 days. Last August, the courts began using a revised form, which has helped streamline the process by clarifying what will be required of the parties at the…
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