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Is an Order of Protection Right for You?

Divorce proceedings are never pleasant, but some divorces are worse than others. In some cases, it may be appropriate for one spouse to seek an order of protection, (a court order that restricts one person’s behavior in a certain way), usually by making them stay away from someone else (in this case, their spouse) or refrain from certain behaviors. Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in obtaining an order of protection. Continue reading “Is an Order of Protection Right for You?”

Divorce Mediation and its Benefits

Mediation is one of the least recognized methods of resolving divorce matters but is extremely efficient and cost effective. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) held in an informal setting, where the divorcing parties can resolve their differences without the stress or cost of a formal court proceeding. And for many people, mediation can help avoid the difficulties inherent in the court system. Continue reading “Divorce Mediation and its Benefits”

When is Spousal Maintenance Appropriate?

When you’re stuck in a marriage you no longer want to be in, it can be easy to feel trapped, especially if your spouse is the primary breadwinner for your family. Even when divorce seems like a reasonable choice from an emotional standpoint, the potential expenses (such as legal fees), on top of the loss of shared income and marital property, can be a massive deterrent against seeking separation from your partner.  This is exactly why the law of equitable distribution, child support and spousal maintenance were created.

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How is Child Custody Adjudicated in Family Court?

One of the most contentious issues that can come up in any family court case is that of child custody. Obviously, most parents want to be involved in their child’s upbringing, but when the issue of child custody is being adjudicated, there are no guarantees. Moreover, anyone who isn’t familiar with family law may be confused about how a court comes to a determination about custody in the first place.

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Getting Divorced Later in Life Can Impact Retirement

When a couple gets divorced, the initial thoughts are usually centered around who receives the tangible assets?  Parties may readily consider the house, the car, bank accounts etc., but what is often forgotten is the impact divorce may have on your retirement plan. The longer the marriage, and the closer the parties are to retirement, the more the retirement plan can be disrupted. 

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Why Get a Prenup or Post-Nup

When most people are getting married, they’re not thinking about the possibility of a divorce. A decision to marry is generally primarily based upon love and affection, not finances. However, the NY State views marriage as a financial contractual union.  In light of the fact that roughly 40 to 50% of all marriages end in divorce, it makes sense to consider the financial ramifications in the unfortunate event of divorce.   Although generally an unpleasant topic during the period of time that you are excited about starting a life with your partner, a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement may save a great deal on legal fees and time in the future while lessening the stress of wondering what will happen to your finances in the event of divorce.

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Accused of Child Abuse or Neglect? Here’s What You Need to Know

Being accused of child abuse or neglect is a serious allegation that can have dire consequences. The outcome of a child protective proceeding can ultimately impact custody, visitation, related criminal matters, and, in some instances, the accused’s employment. If you are a mother or father who has been accused of child abuse or neglect, it is imperative that you seek the guidance of an experienced in the area of child protective proceedings.

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Adoption Requirements in New York

For many couples and single individuals, adoption may be the ideal option for starting or growing their families. According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), as of September 30, 2017, there are 123,437 children and teens in foster care in the U.S. who are waiting to be adopted. 

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The Divorce Process Can Take Many Forms

The decision to get divorced can be one of the most difficult and traumatic experiences two people may go through.  When one thinks of a divorce, they may picture a courtroom filled with attorneys arguing.  However, what most people do not realize is that there are several ways to go about the divorce process.  Over the last decade, the divorce processes of mediation and collaborative divorce have grown in many jurisdictions to be a costeffective and more efficient manner to obtain a divorce.  There are advantages and disadvantages to court litigated divorces (traditional), mediation and collaborative divorce.  

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Jeff Bezos to Divorce Without Prenup

Founder and lead shareholder of Amazon.com Inc., Jeff Bezos, and wife, Mackenzie, have recently announced via social media that they will be divorcing after 25 years of marriage. Recognized as the wealthiest man in the world, Jeff Bezos possesses a net worth of nearly $137 billion, most of which he acquired during the course of his marriage. Many have been wondering what the outcome will be, considering that Bezos did not have a standing prenuptial agreement in place. As a result, the terms of their divorce may vary depending upon the state in which they dissolve their marriage. 

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