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Category Archives: Family Law

Special Considerations for Later-in-Life Divorces

Between 1990 and 2010, the divorce rate for Americans over the age of 50 doubled. For many couples ending their marriages later in life, special considerations may factor into a settlement. If you are entering into a divorce as a senior, consider the following: Alimony issues: Unlike younger divorcees who may only be required to… Read More »

Don’t Sign That Tax Return You Might Be Sorry If You Want Maintenance/Alimony

It has come to our attention that many people seeking maintenance or alimony (the less-moneied spouse, often the primary care giver, and customarily the mother) advise that their husbands have certain “unreported” income. This can be from illegal rental apartments; construction side jobs; or even a larger income than claimed for small business owners. It… Read More »

What rights does a man have during his lovers pregnancy?

With marriage rates declining, there is an increase in children being born to unwed couples. There is no “apparent” stigma and society seems to have embraced this as a norm. Indeed, in the past a child born out of wedlock was called “illegitimate”.  However, now our society recognizes that there is nothing illegitimate about any… Read More »

New Maintenance “Spousal Support” Laws Were Passed and are Awaiting the Governor’s Signature

New Maintenance “Spousal Support” laws were passed and are awaiting the governor’s signature.  If you are a husband or a wife; wage earner or homemaker;  and are considering a divorce, you may want to run to your attorney now. On June 24, 2015 by an almost unanimous vote of 146 to 1 the New York… Read More »

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 »

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