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December 2014 Archives

Pre-Nups: Is Getting One Right for You?

Although planning a wedding can be one of the happiest times in many people's lives, the fact remains that those getting married in New York City face a unique set of circumstances: a later average age of marriage (early 30's) and a divorce rate that is several times higher than most of the nation. Although no one wants to think of their marriage ending in divorce before it even begins, a prenuptial agreement can be a smart insurance policy to protect your assets in the event that things don't work out.

A Father's Parenting Time Rights in New York

In New York, fathers are now given equal consideration as mothers in child custody matters. Ideally, divorcing parents will reach a child custody agreement on their own but if that is not feasible, a judge will decide based on the best interests of the children.

THE LEGAL PROCESS OF ADOPTION: SOME FAQ'S

Adopting a child is one of the most wonderful things that a family can do. However, prospective parents often find the adoption laws and process in New York City to be intimidating. Whileadoption is one of the more complex aspects of Family Law in New York, when broken down, prospective adoptive parents can gain a much better understanding of the legal steps and options involved.

SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS: A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN THROUGH THE NEW YORK FAMILY COURT

One of the big issues in New York Family Law centers around immigration. It is very common for relatives in the United States-siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents-to want to help bring over those they love.

FIVE WAYS TO PREPARE FOR YOUR ADOPTION

For those who are considering adoption, it is one of the most exciting and monumental decisions that you'll ever make. Such a decision involves a lot of smaller choices that you'll have to make along the way. From selecting a country to preparing your home and your family, the road to adoption is a long way and it helps to be prepared.

DIVORCE AND THE HOLIDAYS: A SURVIVAL GUIDE

One of the most challenging aspects of life post separation and divorce is managing the time each parent has with their children. However, during the holiday season, this stress can increase significantly. For many parents, the holidays are about more than just the time together itself. The holidays involve religious and family traditions, and large gatherings spent with extended relatives. Holidays are often emotional under the best of circumstances, and it is very easy for a small dispute with your ex to snowball out of control. Therefore, as we enter that time of year, here are some important points to keep in mind with respect to keeping the peace:

REDEFINING FAMILY: MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN NEW YORK

On July 24, 2011, history was made in the state of New York, when the Marriage Equality Act was passed by the New York Legislature, allowing for the legalization of same-sex marriages in the state. Religious organizations can refuse to conduct or recognize these marriages, under The Marriage Equality Act of 2011. The law does not allow for any penalties to be taken against the religious groups. However, there is no residency restriction, meaning that any couple can come to the state and take part in a legal marriage ceremony.

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