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Family Law

When should you start budgeting for divorce?

Before you speak with your spouse and make the leap to filing for divorce, it’s a good idea to get your finances in order. In fact, getting your finances sorted out before you file for a divorce may help you prepare for times when you can’t get access to certain funds...

Forensic Evaluations in Contested Custody Cases

By Jennifer L. Garber, Esq. In New York, when there is a custody dispute, the Courts are empowered to order the parties to retain and cooperate with a forensic evaluation. (In the Matter of Elaine Sassower-Berlin v. Stephen Berlin, 31 AD3d 771 [2d Dept 2006]).Said...

Parenting Time for Parents

By: Michele Olsen, Esq., MA, MSW When the issue of residential custody of the child(ren) is contested in a divorce action, everyone breathes a sigh of relief when it is finally resolved. At the very least, this settles the issue of not only where the child(ren) will...

Extended Families and Divorce

By Regina M. Competiello, Esq. When a family is going through a divorce, it is more than just the immediate family that feels the effects of the separation and changes. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles may see their time limited, as one parent or another also has...

Getting a divorce if you have a low income

Getting a divorce can have an impact on your finances in several ways. First, the process of divorce will cost money, and you'll need to pay for the services and administration necessary to put an end to your marriage. Second, when the divorce is finalized, it is...

Who Gets Fido?

By Regina M. Competiello, Esq. For a multitude of reasons, it can easily be said that our pets have gone from a place where they were once accessory companions to where they are now integral parts of our families. People view their dogs not just as their pets, but as...

Paying For College After The Divorce

By Hope Tuber Most divorces can be settled obviating the need for protracted and costly litigation. When the parties reach a settlement, it is important that the agreement for the children of the marriage. What parties sometimes over look is what is going to be in...