Category Archives: Family Law

Avoiding Financial Conflict During a Marriage

When marriages turn sour, one of the primary causes of conflict is finances. Therefore, all marriages can benefit from open communication regarding financial matters. The following are some tips to make sure that you can avoid financial conflicts during your marriage: Be honest. You and your spouse should always make sure that you have revealed… Read More »

What Type of Property Should Stay Separate After You Get Married?

After you get married, all of your property gets classified either as marital property (also known as community property) and non-marital property (also known as separate property). Marital property is any property gained after the marriage, while separate property is property that you owned before the start of the marriage. There are certain types of… Read More »

Legal Issues When Your Underage Child is Pregnant

If your underage daughter becomes pregnant, there are understandably a lot of issues that will be significant stressors. Despite all of the emotions that you might be feeling upon hearing the news, it is important that you maintain a clear head and sit down with your daughter regarding all of the legal options that are… Read More »

Financial Considerations When Entering a Second Marriage

Second marriages are likely to have many more stressors than first marriages, especially if you have children from a different relationship. Not only are there step-parenting relationships to build, but you are also likely to have some unresolved issues with your previous partner as well. Among these considerations are certain financial problems and issues that… Read More »

Alienation Through Munchhausen by Proxy

In the mid-nineties there were many cases involving “chronic fatigue syndrome” and Lyme disease.  Lately, it seems that one in 5 divorces involve a child who is suffering from A.D.D. and/or A.D.H.D. or another “not otherwise specified” (N.O.S.) cognitive problem. Attention Deficit Disorder (“A.D.D.”) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (“A.D.H.D.”) are being aggressively diagnosed and… Read More »

Establishing Paternity and Its Benefits

Under common law, any child born during a marriage is presumed to be the child of the husband. Whenever there is a question of paternity, however, the mother, father or child can ask the court to get involved. In this case, the state or a private party would bring a lawsuit, with the person identified… Read More »

When Parents Dodge Support Obligations: Imputing Income

When a child is born, his or her parents inherit the joy and responsibility that comes with having a child. Emotionally, it does not matter if the child is one or 40 — most parents will always harbor a deep connection with their child and feel a responsibility to that person. Legally, being a parent… Read More »

The Deadbeat Issue: Enforcing Child Support in New York

When a couple with children gets divorced, each parent still has a responsibility to help care for and support their children. To ensure that each adheres to this requirement, New york requires the parents to reach a support agreement that formalizes the terms of the support arrangement. This contract specifically outlines each parent’s support obligations… Read More »

Relocating Your Child Out of State After a Divorce

When divorces occur, it’s somewhat common for one parent to relocate out of the state. However, it’s also important to consider how such a relocation could affect the children in the relationship.  Moving out of state with children after a divorce has an impact on more than just the parent who wants to relocate. The… Read More »

Can Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody in New York?

When two parents divorce, there are a number of decisions they must make. These include dividing their assets, setting up spousal support and deciding with whom their children will live. In the best situations, parents will mutually agree to a child custody arrangement that is in the best interest of their children. However, occasionally one… Read More »