Category Archives: Family Law

Just Because You are Not Married Does Not Mean You are Safe

People spend their lives living together without marriage. Many believe that this is without significant entanglements. They are wrong. There are great dangers to living with someone and, there are dangers that you would never see coming. In 2010 there was the update to the matrimonial law which came into effect in 2016. It changed… Read More »

Do Divorces Peak During the Holidays?

The holiday season is upon us, and while it can bring plenty of excitement and joy, it can also come with a lot of stress and turmoil. You may have heard that the number of divorces peaks during the holiday season—but is this true? Here’s what the research says. Holiday stress and divorce statistics One… Read More »

The Designation of Fiance Does Not Carry Much Weight in Family Court

Until recently, when the word “fiancé” was used in Family Court it was a title and it had great meaning. It was far different than a girlfriend or a boyfriend, it was someone who was, for the most part, stable and going to move towards marriage with one of the parties. The fiancé’s testimony was… Read More »

Can I Prevent My Ex’s New Partner from Meeting My Children?

It is understandable for there to be tension or bad blood between you and an ex-spouse, particularly when they bring a new romantic partner into the picture. If you do not like that new partner, you might wonder if you have any recourse to keep them away from your children while they are visiting your… Read More »

Theft from a Spouse While Married: What Does the Law Say?

One of the issues at stake in your divorce could be the theft of one spouse’s possessions by the other spouse during the course of the marriage. It is common for a spouse to consider the item to be his or her own property, and the other spouse to disagree, resulting in claims of theft… Read More »

Is It Required to Have a Separate Bedroom to Have Overnight Visitation With Your Child?

If you are a noncustodial parent who has regularly scheduled visitation with your child, you might be wondering what rules exist for overnight visitations. One common question people have is whether or not they are required to have a separate bedroom specifically for their child during these visitations, if overnight stays are to be allowed…. Read More »

Can a Parent Whose Job Requires Them to Travel Obtain Custody?

There are a variety of factors courts will look at when determining which spouse in a divorce will have primary physical custody of the couple’s children. Courts want to create an arrangement that’s in the best interests of the children—that means placing them in a home with parents who are capable of fulfilling all their… Read More »

Can You Represent Yourself in New York Family Court?

Family Court in New York handles petitions to modify custody, visitation and child support orders established during divorce proceedings in the state Supreme Court. In addition, unmarried parents go to Family Court when seeking to establish support obligations and custody rights. Though you have the right to initiate and proceed through a case in Family… Read More »

What Happens When Police Officers are the Subjects of Orders of Protection?

It is not uncommon during divorce cases for a spouse to seek an order of protection against the other spouse if there has been any physical abuse during the course of the relationship. But what happens if the spouse who is the subject of that order of protection is a police officer? How protective orders… Read More »

The Benefits of Counseling Before Seeking a Divorce

Studies show that fewer than 10 percent of divorcing couples seek counseling or therapy before they move forward with the divorce. However, more than 90 percent of couples who attend therapy sessions when dealing with marital problems report the counseling to have been helpful. Here are just a few of the ways you can expect… Read More »