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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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  • Shared Parenting in Divorce May One Day Be the Norm in New York

    || 2-Dec-2015

    Shared parenting is an arrangement in divorce where two parents share decision making and residential custody of their children on an equal basis. In May, 2013, legislation was introduced in New York, but never passed, which attempted to make shared parenting the law in New York as a matter of public policy. The legislation declared that “it is the public policy of the State [of New York] to ...
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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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