Category Archives: Family Law

The Uniform Parentage Act: What You Should Know

The Uniform Parentage Act was adopted into law by all 50 states in 1973. The Act introduced unified guidelines for establishing paternity for children of both married and unmarried couples, developing an easy way for courts to identify the legal parents of a child. Establishing legal parenthood is important for many court processes, including implementing… Read More »

How Old Does a Child Have to Be to Stay Home Alone?

Every state has laws that protect children from abandonment or neglect on the part of their parents. However, the definitions of “abandonment” or “neglect” are often left open to interpretation, which is beneficial in many cases involving child abuse or neglect, but can also result in some confusion in some circumstances for parents. For example:… Read More »

Bryan L. Salamone & Associates Launches NYS Maintenance & Child Support Calculator

In a divorce, the more you know, the better. You can make informed decisions if you can reasonably predict how child support and spousal maintenance determinations will turn out in your case. Now, there is an easy-to-use online tool that helps divorcing spouses in New York State gain an accurate perspective on these critical issues…. Read More »

Dealing with Custody and Visitation Issues Linked to Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has overwhelmed many of our institutions and touched every facet of people’s lives. Along with other concerns, parents who live apart need to understand how this upheaval might affect their custody and visitation arrangements. Specific areas where COVID-19-related issues call for prompt help from a knowledgeable New York family law attorney… Read More »

How to Tactfully Talk to Your Kids About Your Divorce

Perhaps the most difficult part about beginning the divorce process is breaking the news to your children. At some point, however, it must be done, and it is important to do so tactfully and gently. Here are a few tips to help you properly break the news of your divorce to your children. Make sure… Read More »

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 »