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Taking a Child Out of State With and Without a Custody Agreement

Before you divorced, you may have been accustomed to traveling anywhere with your child. You may have traveled out of state numerous times. After a divorce, however, you no longer have that freedom. If you share custody of your children with the other parent, then you likely have a custody agreement in place that prevents […]

Can I Go to Jail for Not Paying Child Support?

If you have not been paying child support, you may be worried about going to jail. This is a  possibility. There is a wide range of penalties one can face, and jail time may occur in extreme cases. Read on to learn about jail time and other methods of child support enforcement. Some parents go […]

What is Wasteful Dissipation?

When a person mismanages money and assets in such a way that he or she spends everything and the other spouse gets nothing, this is called wasteful dissipation. There are plenty of ways in which a spouse could easily spend all the money he or she has so that the other party gets nothing. One […]

Who is Responsible for Debt in a Divorce?

You and your spouse have decided to get a divorce. You may be concerned about who is getting the house or maybe the cars. Can you keep the furniture? Assets are often a major concern, but there is something else you need to worry about – debt. Unfortunately, debt does not go away when you […]

Can You Get Child Support From Someone in Jail?

As a single parent, you have probably tried many times to get the child support you are owed by your ex. It is not uncommon for parents to avoid their child support obligations. What if a parent truly wants to help his or her children financially, but cannot do so because he or she is […]

What is a Settlement Agreement in a Divorce?

When hearing about a family member, friend, or celebrity go through the divorce process, you may come across the term “marital settlement agreement.” What is this and is it required? A marital settlement agreement, also known as a Stipulation of Settlement, is required in New York when a couple decides to go through an uncontested […]

Child Custody Laws for Unmarried Parents

When a married couple with children divorces, it is automatically assumed that the husband is the father. As such, he is entitled to visitation and custody. When a couple who has never married has children and ends their relationship, things get a bit more complicated. Because the couple never married, it is not assumed that […]

If You Pay Child Support, Do You Have Visitation Rights?

In 2016, there were 827,261 divorces in the United States. Many of these divorces involve minor children. Parents who do not have custody of their children are often forced to pay child support. These monthly payments continue until the child turns 18. In many cases, the father is the one that pays child support to […]

Same-Sex Divorce Laws in New York

In May 2004, Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, a huge victory for marriage equality for all. However, not all states made same sex-marriage legal. Of course, marriage often leads to divorce, which meant that a same-sex couple could only divorce in certain states. It led to a lot of complications and […]

A Guide to Divorce Actions: What is Mediation? What is Arbitration?

In a divorce, it is always better for both parties to negotiate and agree as much as possible. An amicable divorce is less stressful for all involved, including the kids. It can sometimes be less expensive, since it means litigation is not involved. Many couples choose to resolve any issues through mediation and arbitration. What […]