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  • What Is Parental Alienation?

    || 9-Sep-2016

    During a divorce, there are plenty of factors that can cause the parents to become contentious and argue. However, few are more difficult to handle than matters involving parental alienation. There are some instances when parental alienation is present during the divorce and at the end of it, the children are those who are hurt the most. Parental alienation occurs when one parent attempts to tell ...
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  • Lisa Gardner Honored as Millennial Award Winner by Long Island Business News

    || 19-Aug-2016

    We are proud to announce that Attorney Lisa M. Gardner has been honored by Long Island Business News as a 2016 Millennial Award winner. This recognition honors individuals between 19 to 35 who are considered to be bright and dynamic professionals and contribute to the community throughout Long Island. To be honored, these young individuals must be considered to have made significant strides in ...
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  • Does Signing a Prenup Increase the Likelihood of Divorce?

    || 12-Aug-2016

    Couples getting ready to marry are likely to first and foremost focus on the planning aspect of their upcoming nuptials – finding the venue, buying the dress, hiring a photographer, etc. While there is already so much to consider, many couples also start thinking about legal matters as well, such as signing a prenuptial agreement. There are a few reasons why a couple might not consider a ...
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  • Jerome Wisselman Named Among AIOFLA's "10 Best" for 2016

    || 18-Jul-2016

    The team at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Attorney Jerome Wisselman has been selected among the American Institute of Family Law Attorney’s “10 Best” for 2016. Each year, AIOFLA selects an elite group of the 10 best attorneys in each state. In order to be considered for this distinction, an attorney must be formally nominated by the ...
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  • How to Plan A Bar/Bat Mitzvah When Parents Are Getting Divorced

    || 14-Jul-2016

    Attorney Jackie Harounian is the author of a new article entitled “ Effective Co-Parenting and Planning for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah When Parents are Getting Divorced.” In the article, she talks about the many challenges divorced parents face when it comes to planning this milestone event. While it can be stressful, she provides some tips that parents can use to ensure that they can find ...
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  • New Article by Jacqueline Harounian: "Valuing a Business During a Divorce"

    || 6-Jul-2016

    Attorney Jacqueline Harounian, partner at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C., is the author of a new article entitled “ Valuing a Business During a Divorce: Drama or No Drama? That is the Question. ” In the article, Ms. Harounian discusses how the value of a business is distributed between spouses in the event of a divorce. The article makes the following important points: If ...
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  • Jackie Harounian Wins SmartCEO Brava Award

    || 2-May-2016

    Attorney Jacqueline Harounian has recently been named winner of the 2016 Smart CEO Brava Award, an award which honors top female CEOs. The Brava awards program celebrates high-impact female business leaders in the following categories: C-suite executives, Executive Directors of nonprofit organizations, and CEOs. Winners of this award combine a passion for giving back to their community with their ...
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  • Upcoming Book Signing for Jackie Harounian's "Divorce Reality Check"

    || 13-Apr-2016

    Jacqueline Harounian is the author of a recently published book entitled “Divorce Reality Check: Smart Split Solutions for Civility, Clarity and Common Sense,” which gives helpful information to simplify the legal process for individuals seeking divorce advice. After helping thousands of clients move forward with their lives in her years in practice, Jackie shares her wisdom about how ...
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  • Jacqueline Harounian Receives Women Leaders in the Law Award for 2016

    || 5-Apr-2016

    Jacqueline Harounian has consistently been recognized as one of the most skilled, accomplished, and trusted divorce and family law attorneys in New York. As a testament to her extensive experience and contributions to the practice of law in New York, we are pleased to announce that Ms. Harounian has been honored with the New York’s Women Leaders in the Law Award for 2016 featured in New York ...
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  • Stay Connected to Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C.

    || 4-Apr-2016

    At Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C., we are proud to offer effective, knowledgeable, and dedicated family law services that our clients can depend on. With more than 150 years of collective experience, our Long Island divorce attorneys have already helped thousands of families in New York. If you are ready to find out how we can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact our firm ...
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  • Join Our All-Star Cast Complimentary Meeting This Week!

    || 29-Mar-2016

    On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Jamie Wolf, Vice President of Wealth Management and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst will be hosting an all-star cast complimentary meeting. Our team at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. would like to invite any persons interested in learning more about the four all-star professionals. Each of the all-stars will discuss various issues regarding separation, ...
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  • Jackie Harounian and Lisa Gardner Awarded 2016 Hofstra Top Women in Law Award

    || 15-Mar-2016

    We are pleased to announce that Attorneys Jackie Harounian and Lisa Gardner have been awarded the 2016 Hofstra Top Women in Law Award for 2016. They will be presented with the award at the first annual Long Island Outstanding Women in Law luncheon, held Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. in the David S. Mack Hofstra University Club in Hempstead, NY. Co-sponsored by the Hofstra University School ...
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  • Jacqueline Harounian Offers Social Media Advice in LIBN Article

    || 25-Feb-2016

    In “ Social Media Mayhem,” a recent article published by Long Island Business News, Attorney Jacqueline Harounian offers business owners a helpful tip when it comes to protecting themselves and the value of their businesses on social media. It can be easy to forget in a fast-paced online world that businesses must stay in control of their social media platforms and carefully monitor ...
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  • Sharyn O'Mara Receives LIBN "Excellence in Communication" Award

    || 17-Feb-2016

    Sharyn O’Mara, the Communications Director here at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. is instrumental to the success of our firm, handling everything from marketing, event planning, social media, website development, and more. In recognition for all that she does, we are pleased to announce that Sharyn has been awarded an “ Excellence in Communication ” award by Long ...
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  • Divorce Can Affect a Disabled Adolescent's SSI

    || 11-Feb-2016

    For families or persons affected by disabilities, it is normal for members to examine all aspects of regulations and rules of government programs in order to obtain the most compensation they are entitled to receive via those programs. However, because these rules and regulations can become complicated, many families and persons affected by disabilities can suffer mentally, emotionally, ...
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  • Custody Clash Causes Passport Problem

    || 26-Jan-2016

    If you have joint custody of a child who is under the age of 16 and you need to obtain an initial passport for the child, normally both parents would cooperate with the passport application. The application must be submitted in person at a passport agency or authorized passport application acceptance facility with the child being present. Both parents should appear with the child. If both parents ...
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  • Can I Take a Vacation with My Children During my Divorce?

    || 21-Jan-2016

    Most school districts schedule two (2) vacation weeks in the second half of the school year, “winter recess,” which is typically scheduled the week following Presidents’ Day in February, and “spring recess” which is typically scheduled in March or April, the week before or after Easter, depending on Passover. These weeks are some of the busiest days of the year for ...
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  • If you are contemplating a divorce, or going through a divorce, you may have heard the terminology “contested divorce” and “uncontested divorce.” Although this suggests that divorce cases fall in one or the other category, the labels of “contested” and “uncontested” are more like opposite ends of a spectrum than two distinct types of cases. Most ...
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  • In October, New York enacted significant reforms to its divorce laws. Certain provisions regarding interim maintenance (spousal support within the divorce action itself) are already in effect, but most of the new law’s provisions only apply to actions commenced on or after January 25, 2016. Among the most important changes to New York’s divorce law for actions filed on or after January ...
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  • Divorce and the Holiday Season: Don't Just Survive, Thrive

    || 5-Jan-2016

    It doesn’t take a divorce or co-parenting situation to make the holidays a challenging time for many—between work, social, and familial obligations, it can be incredibly stressful. But when those obligations also collide with conflict in relationships between family members, it can be even more difficult than you might expect. My first experience with this didn’t actually come ...
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  • A Look Ahead to 2016

    || 4-Jan-2016

    As each year comes to an end, we tend to spend more time with family and friends. It is often amusing to hear the same old stories, jokes, memories, and even arguments at the dinner table every year when the family gets together. You look around the table at your parents, brothers, sisters, children, in-laws, cousins, friends, etc., as many thoughts flood your head. You also may wistfully remember ...
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  • There are undoubtedly custody and visitation cases where children should not be allowed to go home with their fathers, such as when the father has serious drug or alcohol abuse problems, exhibits domestic violence or sexual abuse, or instances involving severe untreated mental illness. However, there are also times, during acrimonious custody and visitation cases, when children simply tell their ...
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  • What Will Happen with my House in a Divorce Proceeding?

    || 18-Dec-2015

    More often than not, the house (or marital residence) owned by one or both of the married parties represents the primary, if not only, substantial marital asset. The value of the marital residence is typically measured by the "equity" in the property, or the fair market value of the property less the balance of any outstanding mortgage or line of credit. Under New York's law of ...
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  • The Doctrine of "Estoppel" in Paternity Actions

    || 15-Dec-2015

    Fathers typically acknowledge paternity at a child’s birth (in New York by means of a notarized “Acknowledgment of Paternity” form, which has the same effect as court adjudication of paternity), or either parent will bring paternity proceedings soon after the child’s birth (typically, by either a mother seeking support or a father seeking visitation). Occasionally, however, ...
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  • Why Some Parents Don't Deserve the Label "Deadbeat"

    || 12-Dec-2015

    As a society, when we hear that a parent does not send regular child support checks for the support of their children, we tend to label that parent as a “deadbeat”. But what if it isn’t that simple? Perhaps these parents provide support in other ways, ways that are less structured and harder to track, but still just as important. Kathryn Edin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins ...
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