Filing for divorce is the actually the simplest thing you will do in your divorce. A divorce is usually commenced with the filing of something called a Summons with Notice. It is an abbreviated form o
Getting custody of a child is not as simple as some are led to believe. It is not simply a matter of filing a petition in Family Court, showing up, telling the judge that you are a great parent and ha
New York State recently enacted long-awaited revisions to its spousal maintenance laws. Those governing post-judgment maintenance awards (payment of support after the divorce is finalized) apply to
People often ask me “How long does a divorce take in New York?” Unfortunately it’s not an easy answer to give. It depends on the amount of conflict and the amount of complexity in the case. An uncon
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.)
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
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...
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.
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.
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...