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  • New York's New No-Fault Divorce and Other Recent Amendments to the DRL

    A slate of new domestic relations laws were signed into law by Governor Paterson on August 15, 2010. The amendments to the state Domestic Relations Law make it easier to get a divorce, and make it easier for a less monied spouse to obtain temporary maintenance and payment of atto...

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  • 2010 Amendment to New York Child Support Modification Law

    Since the enactment of the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) in 1989 a set percentage of income has been the presumptively correct amount of child support, regardless of the pre-existing financial obligations of the non-custodial parent. Now, the Low Income Support Obligation an...

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  • The Pitfalls of Mediation: Choosing the Right Lawyer for your Amicable Divorce

    The high cost of divorce is common knowledge. Urban legends abound of couples who fight so long and hard that they ultimately lose the assets they are fighting over to the payment of lawyers fees. The fear that a divorce litigation will result in financial calamity motivates many...

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  • Nine Reasons Not to Delay in Obtaining Your QDRO

    If you are entitled to share in your ex-spouse’s retirement benefits, you will have to get a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO). As unappealing as it may seem to hire an attorney to submit more papers at the conclusion of your divorce, there are numerous reasons not to wait.

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  • New York Divorce: Frequently Asked Questions

    This Guide presents a general overview of divorce procedures. However, every marriage is made up of two unique individuals, and therefore every case presents its own unique set of facts. Your attorney should listen to your thoughts and expectations, and develop a strategy that works best for you.

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  • Testing 1, 2, 3 . . . The Use of Audio Recordings in Matrimonial Actions

    In divorce and family law, more than any other area of law, much of what needs to be proved is undocumented. Especially where custody and domestic violence are involved, there may be nothing other than a witness testimony, and that may not be enough to convince a judge. Audio rec...

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  • FAQ's: Child Custody in New York

    How do I file for child custody? There are two courts in New York with jurisdiction to issue a custody order -- the state Supreme Court and the Family Court. While a Supreme Court divorce case will o

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  • What You Should Know About Attorney Billing in Divorce and Family Law Cases

    There are special rules which govern attorney billing in New York, and there are particular requirements for attorneys handling domestic relations matters (divorce, child custody, child support, etc.)

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