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  • You Are NOT the Father...Or Are You?

    || 13-Nov-2015

    Even in the age of DNA testing, the issue of paternity is not always straightforward. Legally being the father of a child can sometimes be different than biologically being the father of a child. A legal father has to pay child support, and it also provides him with the right, but not obligation, of a relationship with that child. A biological father has those same obligations and rights, unless ...
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  • Jerome Wisselman to Receive 2015 Leadership in Law Award

    || 11-Nov-2015

    We are excited to announce that Long Island family law attorney Jerome Wisselman of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. is set to receive the Leadership in Law Award for 2015. Sponsored by Long Island Business news, this award recognizes the most dedicated, hard-working, skillful, compassionate, and tenacious attorneys in Long Island. Awardees must exhibit excellence not only in their law ...
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  • Attorney Lisa Gardner to Be Honored at Top 50 Most Influential Women Gala

    || 21-Oct-2015

    Attorney Lisa M. Gardner has been selected by Long Island Business News as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business for 2015! A gala to honor this year’s awardees will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, President of Long Island University, will serve as the keynote speaker. Long Island ...
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  • Attorney Jerome Wisselman Featured on Business Profits in the REAL World with Michael Kessler

    || 14-Oct-2015

    This past June, Attorney Jerome Wisselman was a guest on Michael Kessler’s Long Island news radio show, Business Profits in the REAL World, featured on WRCN 103.9. The show, which brings listeners in the New York Metro area information and tips on how to make their businesses more profitable, has received rave reviews from people who have found great success in growing their businesses with ...
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  • Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. Attorneys Included in Super Lawyers® and Top 100 Lists

    || 8-Oct-2015

    Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. is proud to announce that partners Jerome A. Wisselman and Jacqueline Harounian, as well as associate attorney Derrick A. Rubin, have all been included in the 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers® list. This is the second consecutive listing for Derrick (2014 and 2015), the third listing for Jerome (2009, 2014, and 2015), and the sixth consecutive ...
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  • Spousal Maintenance Review Bill Takes Effect This Month

    || 1-Oct-2015

    After five years of effort, significant changes in calculating pre- and post-judgment spousal maintenance payments in New York will take effect in late October. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has just signed a new maintenance statute (bill A7645 /S5678) in response to a review of spousal maintenance that began in 2010, when New York became the last state in the nation to adopt a no-fault grounds ...
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  • In honor of National Dads Take Your Child to School Day, Attorney Jordan Trager will be a volunteer guest speaker at Basie Middle School in Jamaica, New York. National Dads Take Your Child to School Day is built on the belief that fathers make a significant impact on their children’s lives when they are involved on a day-to-day basis. The foundation believes that when fathers participate in ...
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  • Parental Alienation and Reunification Therapy

    || 18-Sep-2015

    A new trend is shaping up in custody battles across the country, involving court ordered “reunification therapy” designed to treat children who are the victims of parental alienation. Parental Alienation Syndrome, long recognized by the courts, involves the harmful effects of one parent turning the children against the other parent during a hostile divorce and psychologically poisoning ...
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  • Wealthy Parents Are Now Trying Nesting Custody Agreements Too

    || 8-Sep-2015

    In a number of instances, I have drafted nesting custody agreements for couples seeking to divorce, but who lacked the financial capacity to set up two separate residences. Essentially, each parent lived with a relative or friend part of the week while the other parent lived in the marital home with the children, and vice versa. This allowed the parties to continue a more stable home environment ...
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  • Ashley Madison, a site founded for the purpose of facilitating affairs between married people was hacked. The hackers, known as The Impact Team, assumed responsibility for hacking and leaking data for 33 million accounts, causing chaos across the globe. The leak includes usernames, first and last names, email addresses, phone numbers and other such sensitive data. For people in the midst of a ...
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  • A number of studies have shown that the probability of a divorce is substantially higher in a family where a spouse or a child has special needs. That being said, many factors must be taken into consideration when going through a divorce, particularly what sort of affect spousal support and/or child support may have on the disabled spouse’s or disabled child’s eligibility for ...
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  • In a closely divided decision, the Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples have the constitutional right to marry and struck down the bans in the few remaining states that prohibited same sex unions. Same sex couples will now be allowed to immediately marry in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan, the four states named in the case, with the remaining states following shortly thereafter. In its ...
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  • Divorce and Social Media Don't Mix

    || 23-Jun-2015

    Filing for divorce? Beware of what you post on social media! The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers conducted a survey of its members to see how, if at all, social media affected divorce actions. 70% of the attorneys surveyed reported using social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter for evidence in divorce and custody battles. What Facebook users amidst divorces do not realize, is that ...
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  • Nesting Custody Agreements

    || 22-Apr-2015

    In a typical custody arrangement, each parent has their own home and the children move back and forth between two residences. However, some parents may choose another arrangement where, instead of the children moving from one residence to another, it is the parents who move in and out of the marital residence and "nest" while the children remain in their home. For example, one parent may ...
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  • What is Supervised Visitation?

    || 16-Apr-2015

    Supervised visitation, also called supervised parenting time, is where a parent sees their child in the presence of a third party. In a supervised parenting arrangement, the parent is not to be left alone with the child, even briefly. Supervised parenting time is to ensure the child’s safety, while still maintaining the child’s relationship with that parent. In circumstances where a ...
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  • Divorce Via Facebook

    || 9-Apr-2015

    Starting a divorce action was just made a little easier by a Judge in New York County. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper granted a woman’s request to serve her Husband with divorce papers via a Facebook private message. In New York State, after a spouse files a summons for divorce, which starts the divorce process, that individual must have their spouse personally served with ...
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  • Divorcing Parents and Obligations to Pay for College

    || 6-Apr-2015

    During the divorce process, inevitably the issue of college is raised. For parents with young children, typically Courts are unlikely to address the issue of college expenses directly in a decision. Whereas, for parents with older children either in high school or actually in college, Courts have been found to obligate parents with respect to college expense decisions. If there are young children, ...
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  • A common but problematic clause in a Separation Agreement in a divorce action is that the spouse may remain in the marital residence until the youngest child turns 18 and then the spouse must sell the home. Only when the house is sold can the other spouse, now the ex-spouse, receive the equity from the home. What has been occurring quite frequently is when the threshold date is reached, the ...
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  • The Assets You Destroy Could Be Your Own

    || 20-Mar-2015

    We’ve all heard the stories about acts of revenge committed by a wronged party on the items of a cheating spouse. Violence is never the smart option, but in the heat of the emotional moment, it can be difficult to think rationally. Often, prized possessions become the victim of an emotional outburst. As an example, consider the recent news item about a woman who discovered (or believed) that ...
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  • Tax Tips for Divorcing Couples

    || 13-Mar-2015

    It’s that time of year again – tax time. When parties are going through a divorce there are important considerations to keep in mind with respect to tax implications. 1. Alimony is taxable. Child Support is not. When negotiating divorce agreements, clients should be mindful that spousal support is taxable to the payee spouse and tax deductible to the payor spouse. Child Support is not ...
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  • In a Divorce, Credit Cards Can Be Valuable Assets

    || 27-Feb-2015

    Credit card debt is frequently a subject of conversation in the context of a divorce. It is not uncommon for married couples to carry debt on one or more credit cards. These debts can be the result of infrequent high-price items, like vacations, college expenses or indulgent gifts or purchases. They can also be the result of paying day-to-day living expenses, such as for food, gasoline, medical ...
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  • Will I Get to Keep the House?

    || 20-Feb-2015

    If your house is a marital asset, it is subject to division in the divorce. It does not matter if your name is on the deed or not (but, if you don’t know, you should take a trip to the County Clerk to find out). There are three options that are the most common. First, if you have children in the school district where the home is located, Courts often try to keep the residential custodial ...
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  • Jerome A. Wisselman Selected for the American Society of Legal Advocates

    || 17-Feb-2015

    Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. is proud to announce that one of our partners, Attorney Jerome Wisselman, was selected for membership in the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA). ASLA is a nationwide legal organization comprised of outstanding attorneys with exceptional professional credentials and a proven record of accomplishment in their given areas of law. As a member, Jerome ...
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  • Don't Propose on Valentine's Day

    || 13-Feb-2015

    In New York, an engagement ring is a conditional gift, the condition being that a marriage takes place. If either person calls off the wedding, the receiver will likely have to return the ring unless the ring is given on a holiday like Christmas, a birthday or Valentine’s Day. In this situation, the receiver can argue that the ring was a gift for that holiday and not solely in contemplation ...
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  • Is My Spousal Support Tax Deductible / Taxable Income?

    || 4-Feb-2015

    Guest Author: Michael J. Kessler, CPA For those who remember Peter Falk as Detective “Colombo” in that famous 1970’s crime drama, you remember how he usually solved the case. Watch this 30-second clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biW9BbWJtQU As Colombo used to say, “Just one more thing…” But you’ll need to answer many more questions before you can ...
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