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When is Legal Separation a Viable Option?

When married couples decide to part ways, there are options outside of divorce that provide a legally recognized “break” in a marriage. Legal separation offers a way for couples to live separately while remaining legally married. For couples that experience difficulties in their marriage, but don’t believe divorce is right for them, there are several… Read More »

Divorce After a Serious Illness

A major source of stress on a marriage often occurs when one partner falls prey to a serious illness. Although many marriages can and do weather the storm of sickness, a new study indicates that the likelihood of divorce increases substantially after illness, particularly if the wife is afflicted. Researchers studied divorce rates among couples… Read More »

Child Tax Credits After Your Divorce

Some of the most valuable tax credits are those that are granted to parents to help provide assistance with the costs of raising their children. But when parents are separated or divorced, who gets to take advantage of these tax credits? There are different stipulations for each type of tax credit: Child and Dependent Care… Read More »

Contrary to Popular Belief, National Divorce Rate is Declining

You’ve probably heard the statistic thrown around that 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, and that the amount of divorces in America is increasing all the time. However, a recent piece from the New York Times suggests that neither of these “facts” are true. The following are few of the facts presented in… Read More »

What is Ex Parte Divorce?

There are some situations in which only one spouse will take part in the divorce proceedings. This could be for a variety of reasons — one spouse may live in a different state, for example, or simply be resistant to the divorce occurring. When only one spouse participates in court, the process is called an… Read More »

Recent Ruling Reinforces Spheres of Custodial Influence

A recent Second Judicial Department ruling affirmed spheres of custodial influence in a New York custody case. Shared legal and physical custody is now a common post-divorce parenting arrangement. With the trend toward shared time and decision-making responsibility, some couples experience difficulty communicating with each other in the best interests of their children. My firm… Read More »

The Politics of Marriage: Just Say No?

A new book suggests working-class women should just say no to marriage. In late April, an article in Slate took a look at an upcoming book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality Is Remaking the American Family, authored by two professors of law. The book lays out an argument for social, economic and legal changes that make… Read More »

New York State Court Ruling: “OK to Spank Your Kids”

Last Wednesday, the state Appellate Division found that a father’s spanking of his son “was a reasonable use of force.” The court overruled Suffolk County Family Court’s determination that the father had abused his son “by inflicting excessive corporal punishment.” NY Family Court defines an abused child as one whose parent or other person legally… Read More »

Do Sperm Donors Have Parental Rights?

Known as the heartthrob of the 1987 vampire flick Lost Boys, actor Jason Patric wants to be known as a dad to a child named Gus. Danielle Schreiber and Jason Patric were romantically involved for over a decade. Their on-again, off-again relationship included a period where they attempted to become pregnant but did not succeed…. Read More »

When Pet Custody is an Issue

Many couples and families own beloved pets. The ties that bind humans to animals sometimes outlast those of human relationships. When that happens, sparks fly when one spouse decides Fido is leaving with him or her. In a recent survey, the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), reported more than a quarter of its members… Read More »

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