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Does My Child's College Room and Board Expenses Change My Child Support Payments?

It is not uncommon for parties, when entering into an agreement to settle their divorce proceeding, to include a provision covering the parties' respective contribution towards college expenses. ...
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Orders of Protection: The Long Term Viewpoint Is Essential

Authored by Jerome Wisselman Orders of protection are a powerful tool. When used correctly, these orders can protect victims of abuse from future harm; used incorrectly, orders of protection can keep ...
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DOMA Likely Heads Back to US Supreme Court for Decision on Same Sex Marriage Bans

Authored by Jordan Trager Section 2 of DOMA, the remaining part of DOMA that survived after the U.S. v. Windsor decision striking down Section 3 of DOMA and conferring equal rights to same sex ...
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Celebrities: They are Just Like Us - Child Support Modification in Shared Custody Cases

Authored by Jacqueline Harounian It used to be that fathers complained about excessive support payments. Now, due to recent changes in the law favoring shared custody, the tables have turned and ...
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What's Stress Got To Do With It?

On Nov 6th at 6:00PM, Amy Elias will be pairing up with law partner Jacqueline Harounian for the complimentary Pre-separation through Post Divorce group run in our office. Amy will discuss tools for ...
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Communicate to Listen and Be Heard

Don't we all wish we could feel heard when we talk to people about what we want? Don't we all long for them to just "get it?" If they could just "GET IT," things could be ...
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The End of DOMA and Why Same-Sex Marriage Bans Will End

by Jordan E. Trager Two recent actions taken by the federal courts spell the demise of DOMA and the unconstitutional bans on same-sex marriage. The first comes from the US Supreme Court, which ...
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Domestic Violence Awareness

By: Rebecca Szewczuk In light of all the media surrounding the NFL the past few weeks, the important issue of domestic violence has become "the" topic of conversation through the country. It ...
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Divorce Mediation Versus Marriage Counseling

By Jordan Trager Marriage counseling and divorce mediation use some of the same techniques, such as helping couples learn to communicate, and empowering spouses to express their needs and emotions. ...
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What Happens if a Forensic Evaluator Displays Bias or Impartiality in the Report?

During the course of a child custody dispute, one or both sides of the case may obtain the help of a forensic evaluator. You might not think of a child custody battle as a "forensic" matter, ...
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Can I ask a New York Court to Change a Custody Order from Another State?

Authored by Lisa Gardner There are several ways for this issue to arise. As a common (over simplified) example: Mom lives in New York and has an order of physical custody for the children. Dad resides ...
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The Collaborative Divorce Process Versus Divorce Mediation

Authored by Jordan Trager Like divorce mediation, collaborative divorce is a voluntary process where the parties work together to resolve their marital dispute by identifying problems and solutions, ...
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Can I Pay Child Support Directly to My Child?

Authored by Lloyd C. Rosen This is a question matrimonial and family law attorneys hear on a regular basis. The simple answer is, "No." Child support must be paid either to the custodial ...
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Attorney Jacqueline Harounian Interviewed by Divorce Saloon® International

Our firm is proud to announce that Long Island Divorce Attorney Jacqueline Harounian – a Partner at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. was recently featured on the home page of Divorce ...
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How to Get Sole Custody in New York

Authored by Randall Malone New York courts usually award sole custody to the parent that has been the child's primary caregiver during the years prior to the custody action. However, being the ...
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The Cost of Divorce

Authored by Lauren Chartan The decision to divorce necessarily takes into consideration many factors; one of which is the economic. The cost of a divorce may be impacted by circumstances such as ...
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How to Start a Divorce Case in New York

Authored by: Jordan Trager The first step in getting a divorce is filing a Summons with Notice for a divorce action. Your divorce attorney will prepare your document and then an index card number will ...
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Testifying in Court

It takes months, and in some cases years, of litigating to get to the final showdown: a trial. Finally, the litigant has his or her opportunity to plead his or her case to the Court, and tell their ...
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What Happens if Your Client Fails to Appear for Court?

In divorce cases pending in Supreme Court, litigants must be present for each and every court appearance, unless the court waives the litigants' appearance. There are several reasons why their ...
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Divorce and Social Media Pitfalls

When marriages deteriorate and relationships end, it is common for people to move on to new relationships and reconnect with old classmates and friends. Many people will visit online dating sites or ...
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What Are the Penalties for Non-Payment of Child Support?

Child support payments are considered sacred in the State of New York and the failure to pay can lead to drastic measures being taken against the non custodial parent. Penalties can range from several ...
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Basic Child Support Obligations in New York State

Authored by: Samantha Tomey, JD Under New York family law, the age of legal majority (a/k/a "emancipation") differs depending on the issue at hand. For purposes of child custody and ...
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The Power of Positive Intent in Marriage & Divorce

Authored by: Donna Martini Marriage is about love and addition. Ending it is about sorrow and subtraction. Going in, many couples have God, a priest or rabbi, and a spiritual and emotional doctrine ...
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Special Legal Arrangements A Must for Divorcing Parents with Special Needs Children

Authored by: Samantha Tomey, JD Due to significant stresses on parents of special needs children, statistics show that these couples are more likely to divorce than others. Divorces involving special ...
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How is a Child Custody Order Modified?

Authored by: Randall Malone A child custody order can only be modified by another court order. Until a superseding order is issued by the court, the original order is in effect even if the child has ...
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