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The Family Pet During a Divorce

In the United States, a significant number of households, count a companion animal as a beloved member of their family. Ironically, the legal status of these furry family members are that of property. Although in recent years the Courts have determined that animals...

TRAVEL WITH THE CHILDREN

If you have children and you have decided that the best course of action is a divorce, there are certain things all parties will need to get use to. One issue is traveling with your children. Any travel with the children within the state is normally not an issue. The...

Mediation or Litigation?

I have had many clients come to my office and say, “My ex just wants a mediator and doesn’t want me to have a lawyer.” There are many preconceived notions and myths about mediators that we often must debunk, but a person believing that mediation means you shouldn’t...

IMPUTING INCOME IN MATRIMONIAL ACTIONS

In a divorce action, many might believe that only their current level of income will be the basis for determining how much they have to pay to their spouse or how much they will have to pay in child support. However, this is not always the case. When income is imputed...

Domestic Abuse and the Courtroom

In a recently published trial decision, a Suffolk County judge took a stand for a victim of domestic violence and her children, by sending a strong message to any matrimonial litigant who tries to use the judicial system to further perpetuate their power and control...

WILL MY SPOUSE BE ENTITLED TO MY INHERITANCE?

When getting divorced, all marital property is to be equitably divided between the parties. Keep in mind equitable distribution does not necessarily equal. Martial property is defined as property acquired during the marriage regardless of who’s name the property is...

New Year, New You, New Divorce?

While many people make New Year’s resolutions to eat better, work out more or stop and smell the roses, many other people also resolve to move on from an old relationship and the divorce world sees an influx of new cases. While in prior years, many filed in January...