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Tag Archives: family law

How Long Must I Pay Spousal Support?

There are numerous circumstances under which a spousal support award in New York can be modified. Unless the parties have included different terms in their separation agreement or the court has specified otherwise in its decision, permanent spousal maintenance terminates when: Either party dies The recipient of the spousal support remarries The recipient cohabitates with […]

Good Agreements Make Good Arrangements

Our firm concentrates its practice on divorce and family law — the business of helping clients move through domestic transition successfully. Part of our legal practice is recognizing and supporting the unique needs of our clients through well-crafted agreements — whether drafting a prenuptial agreement or a divorce agreement. A recent New York Times article […]

Making Plans For Your Children

Creating a workable parenting plan is frequently a divisive aspect of any divorce proceeding. Few people are at their best during a divorce proceeding and the real best interests of children can be lost in the fray. Required by the State of New York, parenting plans are agreements that flesh out details of a custodial […]

Do Grandparents Have Rights?

A growing and evolving area of law surrounds the issue of grandparents’ rights to visit their grandchildren. Unfortunately, grandparents frequently find themselves excluded after a divorce. What often happens is that the custodial parent is unable to control anger and hostility and severs all relations with the extended family of their ex-spouse. This hostile behavior […]

Your Divorce is Final. Now What?

Some divorces drag on for months or years. However, even the most contentious of splits reaches a conclusion. When you and your ex are finished with all the details and your divorce is final, you may find yourself reeling emotionally, filled with regret and sadness. Even an uncontested divorce can leave you in a depressed […]

Common Law Marriages in New York State

Popular culture perpetuates the myth of common law marriage, usually by setting forth the dictum that if a couple stays together for a period of time such as seven years, they convert their relationship into one that has all the rights of a legally performed and recognized marriage. The reality is that common law marriages […]

Postmarital or Postnuptial Agreements

Most people are familiar with the idea of a prenuptial agreement, which lays out terms that parties agree to abide by in the event of a divorce or death. This type of agreement is entered into before marriage and is often an attempt to clearly lay out issues, such as distributions of property and amounts […]

Statistics Tell the Story about Marriage and Divorce

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 […]

Do Children Have a Say in Legal Actions Concerning Them?

In many legal actions, the child has little say about custody or other determinations, especially when at a young age. However, there is a program in New York called the New York Attorneys for Children Program, which provides attorneys to children when they are involved in court proceedings dealing with juvenile delinquency, child custody, visitation, […]

Approaching Your Fiancé (or Fiancée) about a Prenuptial Agreement

Suggesting a prenuptial agreement is often awkward and you do not want to harm your relationship or offend your fiancé (or fiancée).  However, broaching the subject is important because a prenuptial agreement can protect assets, income, and provisions for children from a previous marriage. Some tips for approaching the subject Here are some points to […]

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