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Divorce & Legal Fees: Who Pays?

A question often asked by divorce litigants in New York is whether or not one spouse will be responsible for the other’s legal fees. Under New York law, the spouse who has more income and/or resources (the “monied” spouse) is required to assist…

Marital Agreements: The Elements Of Enforceability

Often, it is difficult enough for an engaged couple to determine whether or not to execute a pre or post nuptial agreement with respect to their finances and estates. Since New York City has higher divorce rates than most of the country, a…

Pre-Nups: Is Getting One Right For You?

Although planning a wedding can be one of the happiest times in many people’s lives, the fact remains that those getting married in New York City face a unique set of circumstances: a later average age of marriage (early 30’s) and a divorce…

A Father’s Parenting Time Rights In New York

In New York, fathers are now given equal consideration as mothers in child custody matters. Ideally, divorcing parents will reach a child custody agreement on their own but if that is not feasible, a judge will decide based on the best interests of…

The Legal Process Of Adoption: Some Faq’s

Adopting a child is one of the most wonderful things that a family can do. However, prospective parents often find the adoption laws and process in New York City to be intimidating. Whileadoption is one of the more complex aspects of Family Law…

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

One of the big issues in New York Family Law centers around immigration. It is very common for relatives in the United States-siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents-to want to help bring over those they love. In many recent cases, the person they want…

Five Ways To Prepare For Your Adoption

For those who are considering adoption, it is one of the most exciting and monumental decisions that you’ll ever make. Such a decision involves a lot of smaller choices that you’ll have to make along the way. From selecting a country to preparing…

Divorce And The Holidays: A Survival Guide

One of the most challenging aspects of life post separation and divorce is managing the time each parent has with their children. However, during the holiday season, this stress can increase significantly. For many parents, the holidays are about more than just the…

Redefining Family: Marriage Equality In New York

On July 24, 2011, history was made in the state of New York, when the Marriage Equality Act was passed by the New York Legislature, allowing for the legalization of same-sex marriages in the state. Religious organizations can refuse to conduct or recognize…

Uncontested Vs. Contested Divorce In New York

Regardless of the kind of divorce you’re headed towards, there are several key issues that you and your spouse will need to settle before it’s final. The way that these issues are handled makes a divorce either contested or uncontested – essentially, rife…

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