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Creating a Parenting Plan During a Contentious Divorce

In a perfect world, you and your spouse would be divorcing on amicable terms – or staying together. Yet, you two may have difficulty speaking to each other without a fight erupting. If you have children together, your frayed relationship can make figuring out a parenting plan challenging. However, your odds of creating a workable […]

What Are the Benefits of Shared Parenting?

Child custody decisions play an integral role in any divorce agreement involving children. While you might feel like you should receive sole custody of your children or as though you never want to see your ex again, it is worth considering how beneficial it is for children to have both parents in their lives. After […]

3 Common Questions Kids Have About Divorce

Many couples try to keep their marital struggles a private matter, but when marriages end their entire family is impacted. For many children, their parents’ divorce is a confusing and painful time, and they are sure to have questions. As Psychology Today notes, answering these questions can help reassure your children and protect your relationship with […]

Is an Order of Protection Right for You?

Divorce proceedings are never pleasant, but some divorces are worse than others. In some cases, it may be appropriate for one spouse to seek an order of protection, (a court order that restricts one person’s behavior in a certain way), usually by making them stay away from someone else (in this case, their spouse) or […]

Divorce Mediation and its Benefits

Mediation is one of the least recognized methods of resolving divorce matters but is extremely efficient and cost effective. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) held in an informal setting, where the divorcing parties can resolve their differences without the stress or cost of a formal court proceeding. And for many people, […]

When is Spousal Maintenance Appropriate?

When you’re stuck in a marriage you no longer want to be in, it can be easy to feel trapped, especially if your spouse is the primary breadwinner for your family. Even when divorce seems like a reasonable choice from an emotional standpoint, the potential expenses (such as legal fees), on top of the loss […]

Getting Divorced Later in Life Can Impact Retirement

When a couple gets divorced, the initial thoughts are usually centered around who receives the tangible assets?  Parties may readily consider the house, the car, bank accounts etc., but what is often forgotten is the impact divorce may have on your retirement plan. The longer the marriage, and the closer the parties are to retirement, […]

How is Child Custody Adjudicated in Family Court?

One of the most contentious issues that can come up in any family court case is that of child custody. Obviously, most parents want to be involved in their child’s upbringing, but when the issue of child custody is being adjudicated, there are no guarantees. Moreover, anyone who isn’t familiar with family law may be […]

Adoption Requirements in New York

For many couples and single individuals, adoption may be the ideal option for starting or growing their families. According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), as of September 30, 2017, there are 123,437 children and teens in foster care in the U.S. who are waiting to be adopted.   For individuals […]

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