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Author Archives: Jacqueline Newman

How Should Children Be Protected During Divorce?

Divorce can involve many difficult issues as spouses work to disentangle their lives.  It can get much more difficult when spouses are parents— as their lives will likely never be fully disentangled because they will have to continue to work together while co-parenting. There are many ways to protect children during and after divorce proceedings. […]

Jacqueline Newman Talks Compliments and Difficult Clients

What is the most difficult type of client to work with? What is your best advice for dealing with this type of client? The most difficult type of client to work with are those that are so angry at their spouse that they are unable to see how that anger and their reaction to that […]

Jacqueline Newman Talks Divorce Cases

Like snowflakes — no two divorce cases are alike because no two people are alike. Everyone comes with their own particular life history and therefore everyone experiences their relationships differently. One of the biggest problems in the divorce field is that judges have too much discretion when rendering legal decisions (the results of which do […]

What Happens to Your Business in Divorce?

In a high-asset divorce, all types of property may be involved, from the marital home, vacation home and other real estate to retirement and investment accounts. What many couples don’t initially realize is that their businesses may also be property that is subject to division in divorce. As an equitable distribution state, New York law […]

Can I Refuse to Pay Child Support If My Ex-Spouse Interferes with My Parenting Time?

When orders are issued in divorce and custody proceedings, they outline requirements that both parents must follow. When one parent violates the terms of an order or an agreement, it can be aggravating for the other parent who was acting responsibly. In this type of situation, it can be tempting for innocent parents to take […]

How to Choose a Divorce Mediator: Three Essential Tips

You are getting a divorce, and you and your spouse decide mediation is the best way to work out the details. Mediation is a great way to work together, with the help of a professional, as it facilitates communication and allows you to explore options. But choosing the wrong mediator can lead to a breakdown […]

How to Enforce Child Support Orders

Although obtaining orders from the court, or reaching an agreement with your spouse, is half the battle in divorce, your proceedings may not end there. Long after your divorce is finalized, you and your spouse may need to modify and enforce orders. When one parent refuses to obey a child support order, there are many […]

What Happens in Paternity Hearings

When parents are married, the mother’s husband is generally presumed to be the legal father of their children. But when the parents are unmarried or the mother, the man alleging to be the father, the child or a guardian disputes the assumption, paternity must be established. In New York, parents can voluntarily sign a form […]

How Do Parents in New York Create an Effective Plan to Help the Children after Divorce?

No single plan guarantees raising your children to lead perfect adult lives. Every parent occasionally resorts to everything from books and advice from friends to trial-and-error to handle the myriad of issues their children experience as they mature. However, divorce introduces a new set of issues into the family, issues that can be reduced or […]

Can Our Children Fare Better if We Use the Collaborative Divorce Process?

Just as the name implies, the collaborative process involves cooperation between parents seeking divorce. In many ways, parents form a new kind of partnership as they go through collaborative settlement negotiations. Children often feel less stress than they might in other types of divorce — the first of many benefits to your children of the […]

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