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David Bliven’s Legal Guides

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  • Time Limits on Requesting a DNA (Paternity) Test

    Many fathers unwittingly sign the "acknowledgement of paternity" form when their baby is born, not realizing that this form then puts a time limit of 60 days (generally) as to when they must request a

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  • Is it better to get a "Legal Separation" or just file for Divorce?

    Many potential clients ask whether it's better to merely get a legal separation, or proceed with filing a divorce case. This Guide will explain the basic pros & cons of each. New York has "No-Fault"

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  • Comment on Manhattan Child Abuse Case

    While moral condemnation should be placed on the paramour who recently killed a Manhattan child, questions must also be raised about ACS' conduct in the case. Comment This week, revelations about a 4y

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  • I have money in the bank - what do I do?

    Some parties have money in bank accounts or assets in a portfolio and are now contemplating a divorce. How should they proceed? Be mindful of the Automatic Orders First, New York has Automatic Orders

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  • My Husband just left & cut me off financially - what do I do?

    There are instances in which one spouse is the "breadwinner" of the family - and then abruptly leaves the marital residence and refuses to support the family. The remaining spouse should have a game-

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  • Mother is demanding child support but I'm already supporting another child - what to do?

    Sometimes a father is sued for child support - or threatened to be sued - demanding support despite already supporting a child from a previous relationship. There's a couple of options here to ensure

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  • What are some strategies to limit maintenance?

    If you're a high-wage earner, and your spouse earns little or nothing, then you face the prospect of paying spousal maintenance (i.e., alimony). This Guide will discuss ways to limit the presumptive

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  • How do I get divorced from a gay marriage?

    NY now recognizes gay marriages. That said, at least 50% of all marriages end in divorce. While it may be that gay marriages will statistically turn out different than heterosexual marriages, it rema

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  • Why not do a "Cheap Divorce"?

    I've seen many signs & Ads posted throughout the Bronx, Yonkers, New Rochelle & Mount Vernon advertising to do divorces for "$299" or "$399." Many such ads strongly imply you're hiring an attorney or

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  • I'm not sure where my spouse lives - what can I do?

    Sometimes people separate from their spouse & thereafter that spouse disappears. The question becomes how to proceed with a divorce case if the spouse's whereabouts cannot be ascertained. Try informa

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