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What Happens When You Die Without a Will?

Aretha Franklin’s death was a shock to fans who enjoyed the Queen of Soul’s powerful music. What may be even more shocking was that she left behind a massive estate without a will. She reportedly was worth $80 million and had no will. Unfortunately, dying without a will is not an uncommon situation. Many people—even […]

Estate Planning Strategies for Expensive Hobbies and Collections

When many people think of their assets, they tend to include cars, homes, and money. Many people overlook collections of art, toys, sports cards, and furniture. These collections may seem like trivial hobbies to most people, but many collections have significant value attached to them. It is not uncommon for antiques and artwork to be […]

How do I Calculate Child Support in NY?

When a couple divorces and they have children, the court will decide on family law issues such as child custody and child support. These two elements are related, since one parent typically has custody of the children, while the other pays child support. If you have been ordered to pay child support, you may have […]

What is an Emotional Affair?

When thinking about types of affairs that can ruin a marriage, many people immediately think of physical ones that involve sex. While those can surely lead to divorce, an emotional affair can be just as damaging if not more so. An emotional affair is basically an affair of the heart. You may not be sleeping […]

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 […]