Tag Archives: family law

Pros and Cons of the 2010 Changes to NY Divorce Law

In October 2010, no-fault divorce became an option for New York couples seeking divorce. As a result, a Judgment of Divorce can be granted if one party states under oath that the marriage is irretrievably broken down and that both parties reached agreement with respect to child support, spousal support, and other divorce issues. The… Read More »

When Is it Right to Seek Full Custody of the Kids?

While New York Family Courts consider many factors when making a determination about child custody, the ultimate decision rests on what is in the best interests of the child. Ideally, both parents are awarded joint or shared child custody [CK1] so they can play an active role in important activities, milestones, and decisions in the… Read More »

Parental Alienation

Divorce often leaves ex-spouses bitter and angry at each other. But if there are dependents under 18, divorce also leaves ex-spouses in a position where they must coparent their children. This spirit of cooperation is especially critical when parents must share custody or respect the visitation rights of the other parent. But sometimes one parent… Read More »

Mothers and Child Custody: Still a Given?

In years past, it was usually a given in New York courts that child custody went to the mother upon divorce. The tender years of a child coupled with a cultural norm carried the day for mom. This may still be true in some cases—but usually not without a fight. Today more fathers are seeking… Read More »

What Will This Cost Me?

If a family law attorney says he or she can handle your divorce fast, and on the cheap, you found the wrong attorney. Divorce is considered one of the most stressful and momentous events in life. Decisions made and actions taken during divorce dictate your future—and that of your children. Never shortchange long-term prospects by… Read More »

Think Before You Tweet!

Finding out your spouse is dating someone else is upsetting to learn on Facebook, but it happens. Flirting with an old flame—or a new one—via email, texts, or tweets happens, too. If you believe you cannot be found out, think again. Next time it might be you. With the passage of the no-fault divorce ground… Read More »

Can I Make My Child Do Something Using Physical Force?

If a child is recalcitrant and a parent is unable to reason with him or her in order to visit with another parent, go to school, or attend a doctor’s appointment, many parents throw their hands up. In many custody cases, a non-custodial parent has custody time (often after going a long time without it)… Read More »

Yes or No?

Uncontested or contested divorce in New York Getting married and getting divorced takes two people—but it only takes one to turn the dissolution of a marriage into a battleground. Of all the issues associated with divorce, the one that best defines the situation is whether the divorce will be uncontested or contested[H1] . As the… Read More »

Making Move Aways Work

After a marriage dissolves and child custody disputes are settled, former spouses and children begin the next stage of their lives. During this time, parents are encouraged[H1] to continue working respectfully to care for their children. But economics and other factors lead to new upheaval when a custodial parent wants, or needs, to make a… Read More »

Grounds a Parent Can Use to Seek Full Custody or Child Support

In making decisions about child custody and support, New York family courts consider many factors, including the maturity, morality, and stability of each parent and their willingness to make decisions in the best interest of their children. They also consider how well each parent communicates and cooperates with the other on matters related to their… Read More »