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Importance of Knowing How to Calculate Your Finances During a Divorce

Getting divorced in Syracuse usually means living on a tighter budget. While the divorce process itself can be expensive, each party will need to calculate finances for a single-income household. Transitioning from a married household with two incomes and shared expenses to living on one income alone can be difficult. Accordingly, it is extremely important…
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New York Case Addresses Oral Agreements About Spousal Maintenance

A recent case out of the Supreme Court of the State of New York addresses oral agreements about spousal maintenance. The case, Matter of Makris v. Makris (2020), demonstrates that a court will uphold an oral agreement to terminate maintenance. Further, if a party fails to demand maintenance, that failure can constitute a ratification of…
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New York Appeals Court Denies Petition for Child Custody Modification

                    On December 11th, 2019, a New York appeals court denied a father’s petition to obtain a child custody & visitation modification. In the case of Rosenblatt v. Ritter, the New York Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department court ruled that he failed to provide sufficient evidence…
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New York Appeals Court Upholds an Out-of-State Child Support Order

              In the Matter of Jagger v. Jagger, the New York Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department court dismissed a father’s appeal of a child support order. The court determined that the support order, which was originally entered in another state, was still enforceable in New York.  The Child Support…
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New York Appellate Court Denies a Parental Alienation Claim

On October 9th, 2019, the New York Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department affirmed a lower court ruling in favor of a mother in a parental alienation claim. In the case of Pandis v. Lapas, the court determined that it was appropriate to award sole custody of the children to the mother. Additionally, it denied the…
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New York Appeals Court Affirms Sole Custody Ruling On the Ground that Parents Cannot Effectively Communicate

On October 4th, 2019, the New York Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department denied a child custody appeal filed by a mother—thereby granting a father sole legal custody and sole physical custody of the divorced couple’s child. In the Matter of Keller v. Keller, the New York appeals court determined that the bad relationship between the…
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New York Enacts New Law Limiting Access to Child Custody for Convicted Sex Offenders

In August, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a package of new bills related to a number of different issues, including certain family law rights. Among other things, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that prohibits sex offenders from gaining custody rights over a child that they abused. According to reporting from the New York Daily News,…
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