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 »
Nassau County Divorce Blog
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 »
“Gray divorce” is the term used to describe a divorce that takes place during a couple’s senior years – when most people are developing gray hair. These divorces are becoming increasingly common, especially among couples who find they have grown apart. Here are some common questions that Long Island divorce attorneys receive about gray divorce:
Are the rules different for divorce at our age?
Your divorce settlement will have to follow the same rules as any other New York divorce. In that way, a gray divorce is no different from a divorce carried out at a younger age. However, your priorities may be very different from those of a younger couple who have not accumulated significant assets or who have had children. Read the rest »
New York’s divorce laws recognize seven different grounds for divorce. But, some are more commonly cited by divorcing couples than others. Here is a list of the most common grounds for divorce in New York:
Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage
“Irretrievable breakdown” has the most common ground for divorce in New York since it was introduced in October 2010. It allows couples to file for “no-fault” divorce, which can help them split assets more amicably. Issues of property, custody, visitation, and spousal or child support must be settled before this type of divorce can be granted. Read the rest »
If you have young children, your New York divorce probably included discussions of child support. You’re probably answering to a decree that states how much and how often one parent is expected to contribute financially to the child’s basic needs. In New York, either parent may ask the court to modify a child support decree. The decree may need to be modified if:
- There has been a “substantial change in circumstances,” like a change in the child’s medical needs
- The order is at least three years old and was made on or after October 13, 2010
- Either parent’s income has increased or decreased more than 15 percent since the last order was made
Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is on deck. We’re right in the middle of another holiday season. This time of year is hard for many people, but it can be especially rough if you’ve just gone through a separation or divorce.
Here are a few ideas on how to keep the holidays bright during a dark time: Read the rest »
Text messages and information collected from social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat have become popular evidence in divorce cases, according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Ninety-seven percent of family law attorneys who responded to the survey said they’ve seen an increase in divorce case evidence that comes from Smartphone apps, social media, and texting in recent years. Lawyers estimated that text messages made up 46 percent of the evidence increase; emails made up 30 percent and phone numbers or call histories were up 12 percent. The rest came from phone apps – not just those for social media. Apps like Find My iPhone, which locates the device, have also come up in divorce cases. Read the rest »
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