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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The New York family courts hear child custody cases and issue custody orders. A custody order gives the responsibility for the child’s care to one or both parents, or others in some cases. The court issues custody orders for children up until the age of 18. There are several classifications of child custody as follows: Read the rest »
Going through a divorce can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience. It places stress on your relationships with family and friends, disrupts often long established routines, and can lead to emotional issues such as depression. And this is without considering the often complicated legal questions that must be addressed before a divorce can be finalized.
One option many couples turn to is mediation. Under New York state law, it is possible to get an uncontested divorce, in which both parties meet the following criteria: Read the rest »
Many Long Island residents are devoted to their pets. The family pet is just that: family. And when a couple divorces, questions about who will have custody of the pet can be just as emotionally wrenching and complex as questions about who will have custody of the children.
Unfortunately, the law in New York is still catching up to recognizing the place pets have in the home. In many states, pets are unequivocally classified as property. Deciding who “gets” them is no different than deciding who gets the couch or the silver ware. In New York, some judges have acknowledged that pets have a more important place in the household, but the law still tends to view them as property rather than family members. Read the rest »
Beneath the emotional turmoil that separation causes, divorce can be thought of as a financial transaction similar to the dissolution of a business. You and your spouse are splitting your conjoined assets and debts and going your separate ways.
When you have a high net worth, untangling the financial aspects of the marriage can be more complex. The Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC has handled many of these types of divorce cases. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about high net divorce: Read the rest »
For many Long Island couples, their retirement savings represents their single largest asset – and the item that creates the most contention during the divorce process. To help you address questions about your retirement savings constructively, it helps to understand the role your retirement savings is likely to play in your divorce agreement.
Like other assets acquired during your marriage, retirement savings are treated as marital property, no matter which spouse earned them. This means that any retirement savings earned or collected during your marriage must be included in the equitable split of marital property between the spouses. Read the rest »