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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Division of Assets: Who Gets What in a Divorce?

As much as we all enjoy a fairytale ending, not all marriages last. Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. Many of those who divorce have been together for many years. During this time, they often have accumulated numerous assets. They may have vehicles, houses, furniture, and even kids. Splitting these assets is no […]

What You Need to Know About the Uncontested Divorce Process

There are a couple ways to go about a divorce. Contrary to what you may see in the media, you do not have to yell and scream in the courtroom and argue with your spouse about every detail. If confrontation really is not your thing and you just want to resolve your issues and move […]

Annulment vs. Divorce

So, you’ve decided that the person you married is not the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Of course, this is not an uncommon occurrence. But if your marriage was rather short-lived, you may wonder if an annulment is a possibility. Many people look to an annulment to essentially wipe […]