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Are You Too Old to Divorce?

A couple of years ago, United Kingdom’s The Telegraph reported a trend: an increase in divorce at a later age in life. According to The Wall Street Journal, research conducted by American sociologists found that the divorce rate for those over the age of 50 has doubled since the 1990’s. The divorce rate among the […]

Joint Custody and School Registration for your Children

As the month of September continues, the enthusiasm of getting children ready for the new school year can be both exciting and stressful. For some, however, there is an added layer of complexity when joint custody of divorced parents may affect the specifics of school registration. Although courts often defer to the parent with legal […]

Why Marriages Fail

Just like marriage, divorce is a life-altering event. When a marriage ends in divorce, everyone involved is affected – the former couple, the kids, family members, and even friends. Whether the separation was an agreeable or hostile one, a divorce can be a traumatic and stressful time. Even more, the reasons behind why can be […]

Writing Someone Out of Your Estate

Estate planning, or the process of creating a plan to protect assets during one’s lifetime and distribute assets to heirs after one’s death, is an important yet sometimes uncomfortable part of life. Factors to consider when estate planning include tax implications, asset protection and possible will challenges. A will is a legal document in which […]

Dating While Separated

Divorce can be a difficult chapter in one’s life. A question often asked during this time is whether legal separation and dating are compatible. It may be tempting for one or both of the parties to begin dating while separated in response to the stresses of divorce, the desire for companionship during this difficult time, […]

The No Fault Divorce in New York

In 2010, New York became the last state in the country to permit “no fault” divorce. A no fault divorce in New York is one that does not require the parties to allege some fault as grounds for the divorce. Before 2010, New Yorkers seeking a divorce were required to allege one of several grounds […]

Five Documents Needed for Estate Planning in NY

What documents you’ll need for estate planning in NY can vary significantly depending on many factors, including the size of the estate and the life circumstances and desires of the individual who is doing the planning. However, at a very basic level, most estate plans have a few common elements, which are present in small […]

Divorce and Pet Custody in New York

The courts have recently begun to see a sharp increase in the number of divorcing couples who have turned to judges to resolve disputes over pet custody in New York. In December 2013, the New York Supreme Court considered a landmark pet custody case in Travis v. Martin. In that case, Manhattan-based matrimonial judge Matthew […]

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Types of Child Custody in New York

For divorcing couples with children, understanding the types of child custody is an immediate and critical concern. Unfortunately, many people find the subject frustrating and confusing. In order to understand the child custody process, it is necessary to become familiar with several legal definitions and terms-of-art. First, two different types of custody apply to minor […]