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How Do I Obtain a No Signature Required Divorce in New York?

The term “no signature divorce” can be a bit misleading. Although you can complete a divorce without your spouse’s consent, you must take steps to notify him or her of your intention to divorce. If you cannot locate your spouse, you can still file for divorce, but only after you have taken steps to attempt […]

The Five Applicable Grounds for Divorce in New York

In New York, a couple must provide a “ground,” or a reason, for their divorce in order to move forward with the divorce process. There are four fault-based grounds for divorce and one no-fault ground recognized by the New York divorce courts. Abandonment, Adultery, Imprisonment, Cruel and Inhuman Treatment are considered “fault-based” and Irretrievable Breakdown […]

Important Considerations for Divorcing Parents to Make

Without children, knowing when a marriage is no longer healthy can be simple. As a parent, the stresses of family life can blur this line, and knowing when to divorce with kids can be difficult. Some parents choose to stay in unhappy, unhealthy marriages because they think doing so is in their children’s best interest. […]

Considering the Financial Ramifications of Divorce

If you are unhappy in your marriage, there are a lot of issues to consider before you decide to file for divorce. The most prominent of these is whether the difficulties in your marriage can be overcome. Many couples work through issues like communication difficulties and differing values through marriage counseling. Even seemingly larger issues […]

What Types of Custody Rights do Fathers Have?

Fathers have the same custody rights that mothers have in child custody proceedings. Under New York law, a person’s gender does not impact his or her rights as a parent. Rather, that individual’s history of domestic violence and other criminal acts can impact their right to custody and visitation with their children. What are My […]

How Does a Spouse Begin a Divorce Proceeding in New York?

To begin the divorce process, you must submit the necessary forms with the local County Clerk’s office. For an uncontested divorce, these forms can be found in the Uncontested Divorce Packet. For a contested divorce, the spouse must file a Summons and Verified Complaint or a Summons with Notice. How to File for Divorce in […]

How Do I Avoid Estate Taxes?

There are a few ways you can avoid paying estate taxes. Strategies include liquidating your assets, using trusts, and giving your loved ones tax-free cash gifts. For most individuals, a group of strategies are necessary to reduce or even eliminate one’s estate tax obligation during the estate planning process. How Do I Avoid Inheritance Tax? […]

How Much Alimony will I Get?

In New York, as is the case in other states, the amount of alimony you can receive while your divorce is pending and in the years that follow is determined by an algorithm that considers both parties’ incomes, earning capacities, and any other relevant personal needs. Why Do you Have to Pay Alimony? The court […]

New York Child Custody Explained

  Child custody can be a sensitive topic, especially in a heated divorce or in the aftermath of a bad break-up. Nevertheless, it is important to understand your rights and obligations under the law if you are residing in New York. Below is a general overview of child custody laws in the state of New […]

Tips On Dating After Divorce When You’re Over 50

Divorce later in life is not an uncommon phenomenon in the United States, according to recent studies. Indeed, many of these marriages last one, two or even three decades before the spouses decide to call it quits. What is left is often two middle aged people who are getting back into the dating scene after […]