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New York Child Custody When Substance Abuse Is Alleged

When a divorcing parent has had trouble with drugs or alcohol, it obviously reduces their chances of obtaining physical custody and possibly legal custody of their children. In many cases, however, it is in the best interests of a child to maintain a relationship with both parents as long as the substance abuse has not… Read More »

Gray Divorce: Specific Concerns for Those Breaking Up After Age 50

Though the general divorce rate has dropped both nationally and in New York, a study showed that the divorce rate for people aged 50 and older doubled in the 20 years from 1990 to 2010. Some of this is likely due to people seeking to live fuller lives well into their retirement years. Another factor… Read More »

Parental Alienation and Bridget’s Law

One of the ugliest potential consequences of a breakup is parental alienation. This occurs when one parent consistently denigrates the other to their child or children, often as a means of obtaining an advantage in custody determinations. Parental alienation may be marked by: Refusal to associate with a parent — Parental alienation may exist when… Read More »

Estate Planning After a Divorce

Whether you have spent the last five years or the last 30 years with your former spouse, if you have a will, then they are likely to be designated as the executor and sole beneficiary of your estate in the event that you pass away before they do. In light of your divorce, your will… Read More »

What is the Purpose of an Annulment in New York?

A civil annulment, as opposed to a religious one, is a way to end a marriage that was deemed invalid. The grounds for annulment in New York include an undissolved previous marriage, one spouse was underage when the marriage occurred, or one spouse is physically incapable of having sexual relations. Other grounds for annulment include… Read More »

Temporary Spousal Maintenance or Alimony in New York

In New York, the money one spouse pays another during and after divorce is called maintenance. More common terms for maintenance are ‘alimony’ or ‘spousal support.’ Because every couple and every divorce case is different, the laws governing how or whether maintenance will be paid are complex. If you want to get a divorce, but… Read More »

How to Develop an Effective Parenting Plan for Child Custody Arrangements in New York

The purpose of developing a parenting plan is to make sure that the best interests of the child are considered in every decision that is made about that child’s life and their future. When a married couple brings a child into the world, they each share an equal obligation to care for and provide for… Read More »

How Domestic Violence Impacts Child Custody Decisions

Dealing with divorce is already an emotionally-charged experience, but add to that the fear and anxiety that comes with domestic abuse and you’ve got a stressful situation on your hands. If you also have children and are concerned about the danger of leaving your child alone with an abusive parent, you might not know where… Read More »

Selecting the Right Business Entity for Your New York Startup

There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting the right entity for your small business startup. Each option has different legal requirements for getting started, and each has different tax implications and liability protections. The following is a high-level overview of the various types of entities that you could choose. However, when it… Read More »

How to Develop a Postnuptial Agreement that Will Protect Both of You

When a marriage ends in divorce, it can be by mutual agreement, or it can be an ugly, drawn-out battle. What makes for the messy disputes is the lack of any kind of agreement or plan for what would happen to the money and the property in the event of death or divorce. Why might… Read More »