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Adopting a Child in New York

Adopting a Child in New York Recently, we have received some calls regarding Adoption law.  Besides the obvious emotional decisions that need to be made in regards to adopting a child, there are also some legal decisions that need to be made.  It seems that few people realize that adoptions can take place in Family […]


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Marital Agreements are Binding

Marital Agreements Recently, we have received several questions regarding marital agreements such as prenuptial and separation agreements.  The questions seem to focus on whether or not the agreements are binding.  Primarily whether or not a court can decide to modify the terms of such agreements if they are deemed unfair.  The truth of the matter […]


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Immigration Options for Battered Spouses

Immigration Options for Battered Spouses Generally, U.S. citizens (USC) and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) file an immigrant visa petition with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of a spouse or child, so that these family members may emigrate to or remain in the United States. The Petition for Alien Relative is […]


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Same Sex Marriage in New York

Same Sex Marriage in New York As I am sure you have all heard that New York has become the most recent state to allow same sex marriage (which was long overdue).  There may be some “old” concerns for “new” couples hoping to take advantage of the new law.  Issues of pre nuptial and post […]


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Child Support is Non-negotiable!

Recently our office has received some questions regarding negotiations for either settlement agreements or matrimonial distributions.  There seems to be some misconception regarding the rights of custodial parents to receive child support.  Child support  in New York is governed by the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA).  This act sets the amount of child support to be paid based […]


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Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreements?

Recently we have gotten several phone calls to our office regarding Prenuptial Agreements.  There seems to be a growing desire for such agreements due to the rising divorce rates in our country.  Surprisingly, we have also received some questions regarding Postnuptial Agreements.  It has come to our attention that there seems to be some confusion […]


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News: New Temporary Maintenance Guidelines

New Temporary Maintenance Guidelines Along with the no-fault divorce bill, Governor Paterson also signed bill A.10984/S.8390, which revises the process for setting awards of temporary maintenance while a divorce is pending. The following is excerpt from the bill: “The duration of the temporary award under this measure would be determined by considering the length of […]


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Modification of a Child Support Order or Agreement

There are an increasing number of modification questions coming into our firm.  Modification of a child support order is slightly different than modification of a child support agreement.  It is more rare that a court will order a modification of a child support agreement because it interferes with parties right to contract.  Child support agreements […]


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