June 2016 Archives

Divorce can affect Social Security benefits down the road

When ending one's marriage, Social Security may be one of the last things on one's mind. This is particularly true for those who are years or even decades away from even being able to collect these benefits. However, for couples in New York or elsewhere, considering how divorce will affect their future financial situations and available benefits is certainly important.

Is it possible to appeal a child custody decision?

Custody cases in New York and elsewhere can be rather contentious. After all, how child custody is determined can greatly affect the parent-child relationship. Unfortunately, there are cases in which one parent may feel that he or she is not getting the best end of the deal, or he or she may not believe that what has been decided is truly the best for his or her child. What options are there for parents in such positions?

Served divorce papers -- now what?

When papers of marriage dissolution are initially served, it is normal to feel a variety of emotions. This can be a confusing and challenging time in one's life. As difficult as it may seem, once divorce papers are received, the respondent only has a short window to answer the petition. For those dealing with this type of situation in New York or elsewhere, a family law attorney can be a great resource and guide when it comes to preparing one's response and moving forward with the process in its entirety.

Fail to pay child support, face criminal charges

New York, like many other states, has various enforcement options that may be utilized by custodial parents who are not receiving court ordered child support payments. If all else fails, a non-custodial parent may be arrested and criminally charged if he or she fails to pay child support. This is actually something that a father and business owner in another state is currently facing for his alleged failure to meet his support obligation.

Negotiating a fair prenuptial agreement can take time

Before getting married, there is nothing wrong with wanting to protect oneself and one's assets. That is something that a prenuptial agreement can accomplish. However, can these documents be taken to the extreme? Whether in New York or elsewhere, this does happen, but extreme terms are not anything to which a future spouse must agree.

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