Recent Posts in Divorce Category

  • Ruling Redefines Definition of Parenthood in New York

    || 12-Oct-2016

    The definition of parenthood in New York has been expanded to honor the rights of non-biological, non-adoptive second parents in non-traditional families. In a landmark ruling, the New York State Court of Appeals has declared that a caretaker who is not related to, or the adoptive guardian of, a child could still petition for custody and visitation rights. The ruling comes from a dispute between a ...
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  • Understanding Gray Divorce & Its Complexities

    || 22-Sep-2016

    Hollywood and family law firms across the country are abuzz right now due to the recent announcement of the Brangelina (Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt) divorce. While most people are interested to see how the property division and child custody agreements will pan out, they are overlooking the fact that this is technically a “gray divorce” for Mr. Pitt, aged 52, soon to be 53. In legal ...
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  • Tips for Winning Your Child Custody Case

    || 12-Jul-2016

    If you are involved in a child custody dispute, in order to best prepare, it is important to understand how custody is decided in New York. In the past, while courts may have heavily favored a mother during custody cases, this is no longer the case. Today, a court will look at the unique situations of both parents and decide custody based on what is in the best interest of the child. This means ...
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  • What is a Preliminary Conference in a Long Island Divorce?

    || 16-May-2016

    The Preliminary Conference in an action for divorce pending in the State of New York is generally the first court conference held in a contested action for divorce. The conference takes place at the courthouse before the Judge assigned to the case and is usually held within 45 days of the Judge being assigned to the case. A Judge is assigned to a divorce action in New York State after a party ...
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  • Ashley Madison Hack and How It Affects Divorce

    || 31-Aug-2015

    Ashley Madison – an organization that runs a dating website exclusively for married people searching for an affair in a confidential environment – has recently been hacked. The result of the cyber-attack was that nearly 40 million user accounts were exposed to the public eye – including their unknowing spouses. In wake of the exposure, there seems to be a sudden spike in divorce ...
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  • What Does the Court Look at When Determining Custody?

    || 31-Jul-2015

    In New York State, there are a number of different factors that will contribute to the outcome of a child custody ruling. First and foremost, however, the presiding judge will be expected to make a decision that is aligned with the best interests of the child—rather than those of the parents. So what exactly does this mean? While most people are familiar with the phrase, "best interests ...
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  • How Could I Benefit from a Legal Separation in New York?

    || 6-Dec-2013

    In New York State, couples are given the option to become legally separated if they are, for one reason or another, hesitant to file for divorce. While some couples may choose to simply live apart, this does not constitute a legal separation. Rather, they must either enter into a legal separation agreement or seek a judgment of separation from the court—which is an option that is seldom ...
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  • Enforcing Payments for College Education

    || 4-Dec-2013

    Despite the economic setbacks that have impacted so many Americans' lives in recent years, college costs and tuition continue to rise. While millions of Americans have suffered from job losses and foreclosures which drove them into bankruptcy, if you live in Suffolk or Nassau County or anywhere else in the state of New York, you may be surprised to discover that your legal responsibility to ...
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  • What Happens If My Ex-Spouse Won't Pay Child Support?

    || 29-Nov-2013

    In New York State, it is assumed that both parents will support their child until the child becomes emancipated and/or reaches the age of 21. When one parent is ordered to pay child support, they are legally required to do so. In fact, a non-custodial parent could face serious legal consequences if they fail to uphold their end of the bargain—which applies to any facet of a divorce ...
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  • How Do I Modify a Child Custody Order in New York?

    || 27-Nov-2013

    As you may know, life is full of unexpected events. It is for this reason that you may now be faced with the need to modify or alter your current child custody arrangement. Even if you and your spouse had come to an agreement about the terms of your child's upbringing at the time of your divorce, things may have changed, making it necessary to reevaluate the situation. Fortunately, the ...
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  • What are the Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce in NY?

    || 25-Nov-2013

    If you have made the decision to legally end your marriage, you may be wondering what steps you can take to streamline the process of finalizing your divorce. Whether you are worried about how much it will cost, how long it will take or how much strain it will put on your family, it is important to understand that every case will be different. While some couples can't seem to agree on ...
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  • Who Gets What in My New York Divorce?

    || 22-Oct-2013

    Over the term of a marriage, there are various assets that have been accrued that are the property of both parties, called marital property. This is the property that will be divided between the two spouses in divorce. Property division can be a complex and highly contested issue, particularly in high net worth cases, or when the family home or other shared assets are matters of contention. Any ...
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  • New York Couple Plans to Remarry 48 Years After Divorce

    || 1-Aug-2012

    Like Hollywood, sometimes non-celebrity couples marry each other again after divorce. A New York couple plans to remarry 48 years after their divorce. The couple, Lena Henderson and Roland Davis were divorced in 1964. The couple were married for 25 years and have four children. After splitting up, they each married other people who subsequently passed away. The couple, now both 85 years old, plan ...
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  • Over the last several decades we have become a very mobile society and moving is a relatively common experience. Sometimes after parties are divorced or separated there is an issue involving the relocation of the parties’ child by the custodial parent. A request by a custodial parent to move with a child away from the noncustodial parent to a distant location may present a major conflict ...
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  • Christie Brinkley Divorce Battle Continues

    || 9-Jul-2012

    Four years after their split, the battle between Christie Brinkley and former husband Peter Cook continues. Last June, Christie Brinkley appeared in a Riverhead, Long Island courtroom where she was accusing her ex-husband Peter Cook of contempt. On the other hand, Mr. Cook is contending that Brinkley is the one violating their divorce agreement. While Brinkley accused Cook of being a deadbeat Dad ...
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  • No-Fault Divorce in New York State

    || 7-Nov-2011

    In 2010, New York State became the last state in the Untied States to allow no-fault divorce by enacting Section 170(7) of the New York State Domestic Relations Law. Pursuant to Section 170(7) of the New York State Domestic Relations Law, effective October 12, 2010, a no-fault judgment of divorce may be granted when the relationship between the husband and wife has broken down irretrievably for a ...
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  • Welcome to Our Divorce Blog!

    || 2-Mar-2011

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Blog. Check back soon for updates!
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