Category Archives: Bryan L. Salamone & Associates

In Some Nations, Men and Women Don’t Have Equal Divorce Rights

People come from around the world take advantage of what the New York metropolitan area has to offer. Newcomers add to the richness of life in Long Island and elsewhere by bringing their culture and traditions. However, immigrants might not understand that in the United States, laws apply equally to everyone regardless of faith or… Read More »

Grandparental Custody: Rare in U.S. but Common in China

Grandparents in China play a vital role in raising the children of their sons and daughters, in part due to cultural traditions but also stemming from economic changes over the past few decades. The nation’s government-controlled economy, one child policy and early retirement age have combined to create a situation in which more than half… Read More »

Unlike in Many Countries, Fathers in the U.S. Don’t Have Automatic Custody Rights

Through colonial times and even after the nation’s founding, the concept of child custody did not exist as we understand it today. Child labor was common and sons and daughters were typically regarded under the law as property belonging to their fathers. Not until the 19th Century did the focus in custody and guardianship determinations… Read More »

Adultery Does Not Affect Asset Division in New York Divorces

For centuries, adultery and divorce have been inextricably linked. In fact, until 1966, adultery was the only permissible divorce ground under New York law. Even today, though most litigants opt for no-fault divorce, New York still allows marriage dissolution because one spouse has been unfaithful. However, when it comes to property division, the law does… Read More »

Transgender Individuals Must Be Permitted to Change Their Name to Reflect Their Identity

In 2001 (just passed September 11, 2001) our firm submitted an application and supporting documents to change our client’s name from a male name to a female name (For confidentiality purposes, I will refer to the names as “Mike” and “Mary”). I represented an individual who was named Mike at birth, and through his treatment… Read More »

When is This Divorce Going to Be Over?!?!

Over the last two decades I have handled hundreds of cases that have come to me from other law firms. Predominantly, these clients transferred to my firm because they are frustrated and do not know exactly where they are in the divorce process and why it’s not resolving. We have copyrighted a published work which… Read More »

Who’s Your Divorce Lawyer?

For over 20 years I’ve been practicing divorce in Long Island and it amazes me that grown men and women hand moderately complex cases to attorneys who are less accomplished than the client. Owners of small businesses hire attorneys who have no real experience in business; finances; real estate and the long-term effects of the… Read More »

Smiles in Spring Valley Charity Event

The Spring Valley Police Department gave 20 hard-working children in tough situations a special treat for Christmas. Children were given the opportunity to ride in supercars owned by volunteers and sponsors who provided the children with lobster and steak lunches and then a trip to the mall where they were given envelopes of cash and… Read More »

Everest: An Artist’s Work That Informs and Inspires

On November 18, our office became home to a new work of art — one uniquely dear to my heart, which weaves together seemingly unrelated threads: friends, devout strangers, the personal, the professional. “Everest” is a piece that represents coming together, helping one another and the power of hope. These are themes that are echoed… Read More »

How to Choose the Right Divorce Attorney for You

When you are considering filing for divorce or have recently been presented with divorce paperwork by your spouse, one of the first things you should do is retain the services of a skilled divorce lawyer. But how exactly do you do this? Most people have never had to hire an attorney before, so they might… Read More »