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What to Do If COVID-19 Has Impacted Your Ability to Pay Child Support

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy, unemployment claims are hovering near 1 million a week, millions of workers have had their hours cut and more than 100,000 business have closed. With their sources of income cut off, many divorced parents are struggling to meet their child support obligations. Unfortunately,… Read More »

How to Prepare for a Court Appearance

It’s understanding to be nervous for a court hearing, especially if you’ve never been to one before. The good news is there are ways you can prepare for the hearing that will help you cut down on your nervousness. Here are some tips. Get organized: Collect all the necessary documents and information well in advance,… Read More »

Grandparents Rights & The Grandmother Hypothesis

Since 1996, we have been handling grandparent’s rights. Previously, grandparents did not have rights to visitation or time with their grandchildren except for in certain circumstances: If the parents of the child have passed away If the grandparent has an existing relationship with the child There must be no objection by the parents of the… Read More »

Common Questions that Come Up in Divorce Court

The prospect of attending a court hearing for your divorce might be intimidating if you don’t have any experience in court. You can make the process a bit less scary by preparing yourself for the kinds of questions you’re likely to be asked. Here are a few common examples. Basic information: Expect to get started… Read More »

If You Started a DIY Divorce, It’s Not Too Late to Get a Lawyer

Lured by websites pitching do-it-yourself divorces, many people initiate the DIY process only to discover that the legal system is more complex than they realized or that their spouse intends to contest important issues.  If you started down the DIY divorce path, it is not too late to seek legal assistance. As experienced Long Island… Read More »

Tips for Getting Through a Divorce During Retirement

Divorce during retirement age can come with some unique complications, due to the likelihood that the marriage had existed for decades, and the greater level of assets you’re likely to be dealing with. Here are a few things you’ll need to consider to get through a so-called “gray divorce” as smoothly as possible. Look into… Read More »

Bringing Up Mediation With Your Spouse

Mediation can be mutually beneficial for you and your spouse as you go through the divorce process. It can keep you out of court, expedite the process and save you a significant amount of money. Of course, you’ll need to bring it up as a possibility first, which can be easier said than done when… Read More »

Who Gets the Pets in a Divorce?

Divorcing spouses may fight over parenting time, support and property division. But for some couples — even those who have millions of dollars to divide — there is an additional contest over who keeps the family pets. From the family dog to various exotic animals, people form an emotional bond with their pets and it… Read More »

How Long Does Divorce Mediation Typically Last?

Divorce mediation is a process in which you and your spouse both attend sessions with a third-party mediator whose job is to guide you through making divorce-related decisions outside of court. Mediation is designed to help people avoid the long, drawn-out and expensive court processes associated with divorce trials. By its very nature, it is… Read More »

The Effects of the 2020 Political Climate on Divorce

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. There is, of course, the global pandemic that has touched everyone’s lives in some way, but there have also been plenty of other items in the news that have caused division and resentment among people—even among married partners. To put it mildly, the political climate in 2020… Read More »