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The expression who wears the pants in the family has been around for years, but which gender is the decision-maker when it comes to divorce?  Interestingly enough, studies show that it is not the men but the women. Women initiate divorce much more frequently than men. And this is despite the fact that after divorce…

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Case law predominantly determines how the New York courts rule in child custody cases. This is because New York’s Domestic Law statutes do not provide much guidance in the way of child custody. As in most states, the best interests of the child form the benchmark and influence the court’s custody decisions. Several influential New…

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When the New York legislature enacted no-fault divorce in 2010, it also provided new guidelines for temporary maintenance (spousal support or alimony). The guidelines established temporary spousal maintenance based on the spouses’ incomes and used a formula to determine amounts. For temporary spousal maintenance awards, a significant income disparity must exist between spouses. The spouse…

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There are a number of reasons why people pursue paternity cases, such as: A man suspects he is the child’s father and wants the legal right to help the child A man does not believe he is the biological father and wants to avoid child support A mother wants to seek child support from the…

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According to an MSNBC article entitled More Couples Seeking Kinder, Gentler Divorces, litigation may cost as much as 11 times more than mediation. But aside from the cost difference, mediation has other redeeming values over litigation. One research study analyzed five different studies that compared mediation to litigation and arrived at a quantitative summary of…

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Without a doubt, one of the most time-consuming issues in any divorce involving children is going to be deciding the questions of, who pays child support, and how much. In this post, we will provide a brief summary of this important topic, but if you’d like to speak an experienced New York divorce lawyer about…

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Custody refers to the legal right and responsibility to provide for a child’s care. New York Courts divide custody into two main categories of responsibility: Physical custody. Physical custody refers to the child’s primary residence and the access arrangement of when the child will be with which parent. Legal custody. Legal custody refers to major…

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Many times people feel like their home is a comfort zone and it can be a source of stability for children. When divorcing, maintaining the status quo is usually in a child’s best interests. Divorce involves a lot of change and this type of change can be difficult and confusing for children. Keeping some things…

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In a typical divorce mediation session, the couple meets with the mediator, who is a professional trained in conducting mediation.  Throughout all mediation sessions, the mediator maintains an impartial perspective and facilitates the couple’s discussion while helping them address issues related to their divorce. A session may typically last one hour but could be longer,…

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