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New York Woman’s Indictment Could Affect Visitation Rights

When a Long Island, NY woman was indicted on January 3, 2019 for attempting to poison her husband, the implications of the criminal allegations extended far beyond potential jail time. The parental rights of the mother of two children, ages four and eight years old, is in jeopardy.. A divorce case is now proceeding in Suffolk County Family Court. Issues related to minor children are…
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Syracuse Superintendent’s Social Media Posts at the Center of Nasty Divorce

Although an official investigation is expected to show specific details, a Syracuse, NY school superintendent has recently come under fire. The controversy stems from several social media posts he disseminated in the middle of a highly contentious divorce. Many users of Facebook, Twitter, Instagrams forget to exercise caution on the types of content they post. They may not realize how negatively this type of behavior…
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New Tax Law and the Benefits of Waiting to Divorce

Although there have been considerable media attention; on how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will eliminate the tax deduction for alimony payments starting in 2019. Relax, all is not lost for couples going through divorce in New York. Two other areas of the law may benefit parties who are unable to reach a settlement…
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New York’s “Nastiest” Divorce Demonstrates the Importance of a Prenuptial Agreement

Although their case was only filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, in September 2018; sparks are already flying between spouses in a high profile, high asset divorce. New York media is calling the proceedings between David and Libbie Mugrabi the “nastiest” divorce in recent memory. Resulting in accusations of adultery, domestic abuse, theft, and other misappropriation…
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Talk Show Host in Divorce Court

Shortly after the Fox and Friends co-host said she and her husband were separating, William Procter filed for divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court. Observers expect money and parenting time to be key issues in the case. According to people close to the couple, the marriage between Mr. Procter and 42-year-old Ainsley Earhardt became rocky after…
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Tax Law Changes Prompt High Net Worth Divorces This Summer

Syracuse, New York residents who are high earners and considering divorce are rushing to file this summer; before the support provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act take effect in January 2019. According to a recent article in The New York Times, Recognizing that recent changes to federal tax law will change the way alimony or…
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Filing for Divorce When Your Spouse Cannot Be Found

Filing for divorce is not only an emotional process but also a very legally intensive one as well. Indeed, in terms of the legal process, ending a marriage is much more complicated than is entering into one.   The process of filing for divorce begins with the filing of a summons at the county clerk’s…
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Paternity Testing Via Court Order: What You Need to Know  

Being unsure about whether you are the father of a child, or being a mother who is unsure about who is the father of a child, can be an unnerving experience. Indeed, both mothers and alleged fathers alike surely want confirmation of paternity - once paternity is established, other benefits ensue, such as child support,…
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Does a Child Have a Say in a Child Custody Determination?

  When parents are divorcing, one of the most emotional and potentially contentious parts of reaching a divorce settlement is determining with which party a child will live, as well as what the visitation rights of the other party will be. While there are a number of factors the affect a child custody determination, parents…
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How Getting Remarried Affects Spousal Maintenance in New York

When a couple is seeking a divorce in New York, one thing that may be part of a final divorce settlement is an order for alimony, also called spousal support or spousal maintenance. Designed to help a financially dependent spouse in a marriage support themselves when the marriage is terminated, spousal maintenance may be awarded…
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