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  • What Happens to a Timeshare During Divorce?

    New York Is an Equitable Distribution State Equitable distribution is legal principle that refers to division property and finances based on the relative needs and contributions of both spouses. This means when couples in New York get divorced, state courts attempt to divide assets as fairly as possible, which rarely means a 50/50 split, though equal distribution is still possible in some cases. ...
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  • Child Custody: Older Siblings' Influence on Younger Children

    New York Judges’ Approach to Deciding Matters of Child Custody In New York State, judges typically do not ask or allow children to testify in divorce court or dictate with whom they will live. Depending on the case, a judge may consult with both parents’ attorneys to find out if a child has a preference, sometimes bringing in a third person to represent them if the parents’ lawyers provide ...
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  • Interstate Child Custody Orders

    What You Need to Know About Custody Orders Between States Although it can be difficult, it is not uncommon for divorced or unmarried parents to live in separate states. This type of arrangement can be challenging when it comes to determining how joint custody of a child will work between the parents. However, before parents start to argue about which state the child will be living in, it is ...
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  • New Tax Law's Effects on Alimony Deductions

    The new tax law eliminates the tax deduction for alimony payments, potentially making marriages an even more hotly contested and costly process, especially for lower-income couples. Although upper middle class and wealthy households can usually afford higher taxes on alimony payments, those with limited means—where a few hundred dollars per month (for a meal or a car payment) makes a difference in ...
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  • Grandparent Visitation Rights in New York

    The divorce, separation, or death of a parent not only affects the couple and children involved, but also the grandparents. In New York, grandparents have a limited right to visit their grandkids—since the law recognizes that parents have a fundamental right to raise their children as they wish, including who visits their kids. Keep in mind, these rights only apply to biological or adoptive ...
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  • What is a QDRO?

    If you are considering divorce, you are likely concerned about your financial state of affairs, especially regarding you and your spouse’s retirement plan. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of divorce, it is vital you do not forget to consider future pensions even if your divorce occurs years before you are ready to retire. If you do not ensure pensions or retirement funds are a part of ...
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  • Orders of Protection in Family Court

    If you are being abused by someone whom you are related or married to, you can apply for an order of protection in the family courts. In doing so, the abuser will not be able to commit certain acts against you, thus granting you a sense of security and safety against this person. Sometimes, violent situations arise, and you may need to obtain something in writing which ensures you and your family ...
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  • Adult Adoptions 101

    In the state of New York, a person may choose to adopt someone over the age of 18 in order to grant them the same legal treatment a biological child would receive. Adult adoption may take place for a variety of reasons, like securing an inheritance, locking in legal rights, or acknowledging an existing parent-child relationship. The process can be exceedingly difficult, especially if the nature of ...
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  • Same-Sex Marriage Adoptions in New York

    For families who cannot have children on their own, adoption is an option to help individuals start their family. In many cases, however, the adoption process is often long and stressful, even for the perfect couple. What happens when partners in a same-sex marriage want to adopt? What rights do they have and are there any restrictions? In New York, there are specific laws outlining the rights of ...
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  • Making a Case for Stepparent Adoption

    The role of a stepparent is beautiful and unique from any other family role. Biological parents do not get to choose their children, but stepparents do. Their deliberate choice makes their bond with their stepchildren wholly special—at the same time, stepparents are indistinguishable from birth parents in their daily responsibilities. They offer advice in tough times, provide help with school, ...
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  • Military Pension Division: A Simple Explanation

    Couples that include a service member often have unique concerns to deal with when it comes to the law and their marriage. This is especially true in divorce. Our New York military divorce attorney wants you to be informed about what you’re potentially entitled to during a divorce from a service member. Read below for more information. The Basics of Military Pension Division After 20 years of ...
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  • NYCLA Family Law & Child Welfare Committee Welcomes Cedeño & Team

    Attorneys Peter Cedeño , Anna Kaminsky Feldberg , and Belinda Arevalo of Peter L. Cedeño & Associates, P.C. were invited to join the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA): Family Law and Child Welfare Committee. All three agreed to the invitation and are officially part of the membership committee. Members of this particular committee will meet periodically to plan events within the NYCLA, ...
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  • Attorney Cedeño Selected to the 2016 List of New York Metro Super Lawyers

    The team at Peter L. Cedeño & Associates, P.C. is excited to announce that Attorney Cedeño has been selected for the 2016 list of New York Metro Super Lawyers ®. As one of the most trusted and respected names in the legal community, Super Lawyers recognizes the top attorneys across the nation in more than 70 different practice areas. To be considered, an attorney must demonstrate exceptional ...
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  • Importance of Obtaining a Statement of Net Worth Early in Divorce

    You can’t get through a divorce until you and your spouse fully consider asset distribution . In the state of New York, this means using equitable distribution to divvy out fair shares, not equal shares, of property, finances, savings, and so on. With this in mind, one of the first things you should do is get a copy of your statement of net worth and give it to the presiding judge. What is a ...
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  • Exclusive Use & Occupancy of the Marital Home

    Whether for better or for worse, married couples will often wait as long as they can before deciding to end their marriage. But filing divorce papers is often just the beginning of a lengthy divorce process that can take months if not years to be completed. Divorce does not always mean that one spouse will immediately pack their bags and leave, as oftentimes both spouses have contributed to the ...
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