Holidays are always rapidly approaching, and there are likely many things on you and your family’s to-do list. The holiday season is typically a joyous time, particularly for children. When a child’s parents are separated or divorced there may be conflicts regarding child visitation time that need to be resolved.
All New York family courts view matters involving custody and visitation with the same broad focus: the court makes decisions based on what is in the “best interest” of the child. Read the rest »
Going through a divorce can be highly stressful and emotional. Once it’s finalized, you feel like a weight has been lifted off of your shoulders and you have a new lease on life.
In addition to starting a new life, at some point you may begin to date as well. Questions such as “Am I ready?” or “Is it to early?” come into play. Read the rest »
When you think of child custody battles, they’re typically divided between two parties: the mom’s side and the dad’s side. For decades, only the biological parents of a child could be granted custody—and if you were not a biological parent, you had to prove that one or both biological parents were unfit in order to gain custody.
Recently, a judge in Suffolk County made a game-changing ruling that could potentially affect the outcome of child custody cases in the future. The judge granted tri-custody of a child that had parents in a polyamorous relationship. Read the rest »
The decision to adopt is intensely personal but has significant and complex legal and financial impact on a family. At the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC, we provide legal counsel mixed with compassion and care to help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities in the adoption process. We are Long Island Family Law Attorneys who have been helping families for over 20 years. Read the rest »
While many couples may see them as unromantic, the fact is that prenuptial and postnuptial agreements may serve to protect independent individual assets from being put into the marital estate depending on their enforceability. Preparing these complicated and emotionally charged agreements requires that each side of the relationship have legal representation to protect and preserve their interests. The Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC, stands ready to help. Read the rest »
International travel has never been easier or more affordable. Taking a vacation overseas is a life-enriching and educational experience for a child. But it’s a little more complicated to “pack up and go” if you are co-parenting.
Ideally, you and your co-parent will work a holiday and travel visitation schedule together to reach an agreement. As your child gets older, or if family circumstances change, you can petition the court to revise your schedule to represent your child’s best interests. If you’re planning on taking a vacation overseas with your young children, you will need to make different arrangements than if you were travelling in the United States. Read the rest »
In a New York divorce case, the Equitable Distribution Law requires that the court divide or distribute marital property in a manner deemed to be fair. It is important to initially make the distinction between what is marital property and what is separate property, as it relates to a marriage. Read the rest »
Divorce cases can be complex. There are potential aspects of the process such as separation agreements, maintenance payments, custody concerns, property and debt division, and others. Only the Supreme Court of the State of New York grants divorces, unlike many other states. The entities within the county commonly known as “family courts” or “domestic relations courts” work on related issues such as child support, spousal support or maintenance, custody and visitation; however, the granting of a divorce is specifically at the discretion of the supreme court.
The division of assets and responsibilities is often a point of contention between the couple. Divorces have two classifications, “contested” and “uncontested,” based on the ability of the couple to reach mutual agreements on their own. Read the rest »
Child custody issues in New York are usually the responsibility of the family courts. The family courts hear a broad scope of cases in addition to custody, including:
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Marriage filings
- Cases involving child abuse or neglect
- Paternity-related concerns, and more…
Child custody cases ultimately designate who will be assigned the responsibility to care for and raise the child. The family court’s decision is issued in the form of an “order of custody.” Child custody can be ordered, modified, or terminated until the children are 18. Read the rest »
The usage of social media in the U.S. continues to grow. A recent Pew Research Center report in 2015 indicated the following data relating to social media use nationally:
- Approximately 65% of the population engages in social media
- Roughly 68% of women use social media, compared to 62% of men.
- The percentage of those using social media increases based on household income and educational levels.
- Usage based on racial demographics was 65% for whites & Hispanics, and 56% for African-Americans.
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