Blog Posts in 2018

  • 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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