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Visitation During Holidays

The holidays are almost upon us again, which means both custodial and non-custodial parents must figure out a visitation schedule that works for the entire family. As a parent, you want the holidays to be enjoyable and memorable. Disputes over visitation can have a negative impact, so it is best to put a plan into place as early in the season as possible. A Rensselaer County divorce lawyer can assist with all aspects of visitation…

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2018 Law Firm 500 Honoree

The Colwell Law Group, LLC is named a 2018 Law Firm 500 Honoree for Fastest Growing Law Firms in the U.S. Over the past 3-years, our team at the Colwell Law Group, LLC has been dedicated to providing excellence in customer service resulting in many happy clients. In doing so, our commitment and focus has taken us on a fabulous journey of growth – both personally and for our business. We are pleased to announce…

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Qualified Domestic Relations Order

As part of a divorce, a New York judge will need to divide the assets a couple has accumulated while married. These assets can include retirement or pension savings, even if the account is in the name of only one spouse. Because some couples amass considerable sums in a 401(k) or pension, spouses cannot overlook them when deciding which property to ask for. You will need a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) from a judge…

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Implications of the New Tax Law on New York Spousal Support

It may only be September, but anyone considering or going through a divorce in New York should be very attentive regarding the countdown to December 31, 2018. Big changes are coming for tax laws as they pertain to spousal support in divorce cases and, as the New York Times suggests, you may want to hurry up in your efforts to get the process moving along. The details regarding tax deductions and alimony will depend on…

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Resources for Divorce in Abusive Relationships

Abuse is unfortunately all too common in marriages. According to statistics, 25% of women and 16% of men will experienced serious physical violence in an intimate relationship. Many more will suffer threats of physical violence, terrorism, and emotional abuse. If you are currently abused in your marriage, or if someone you care about is, realize that help is available. Seek an Order of Protection A protection order (also known as a “restraining order”) is a…

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How to Deal with Abuse Allegations

Divorce can get ugly. Not only are husband and wives scrambling to obtain child custody and marital property, but many are giving vent to frustration and outright fury. As a result, many ugly allegations get made during divorce—allegations that are false but which can severely damage someone’s reputation. If you are falsely accused of being abusive, then you must immediately swing into action. Find an experienced divorce attorney and begin building a case to show…

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The 2018 Colwell Law Scholarship Winner

The 2018 Colwell Law Scholarship Winner The Colwell Law Group is pleased to announce Miss Alexandra Naughton as the winner of the The 2018 Single Parent Scholarship. We know the importance of education and are proud to offer this scholarship to someone who has shown such commitment to education. We extend to her our congratulations. Ms. Naughton has shown academic prowess, as a member of the Rotary You Club Leadership Academy, the National Honor Society,…

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Understanding Parenting Plan Modifications

A parenting plan is a legally enforceable agreement that will outline each parent’s rights and responsibilities. It should also resolve some logistical issues and set out processes for how important child-related decisions will be made and how child-related information will be communicated. By their very nature, parenting plans are not meant to be static. Life is inherently unpredictable, and your circumstances can change at any moment. A parenting plan that worked perfectly five years ago…

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How Domestic Violence Impacts Divorce

Unfortunately, domestic violence remains a serious problem in our region. According to data collected and published by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), state and local law enforcement officers in New York respond to more than 400,000 reports of domestic violence annually. Of course, not all of these calls are legitimate. There are also false allegations of domestic abuse. Domestic violence can have an enormous impact on your divorce case. Whether you have been…

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Parenting Schedules During the Holidays

After a divorce, child custody can get complicated. Even if there is a parenting plan outlined in the divorce decree, things can get tricky during the holidays. Who gets the kids on Thanksgiving? What about Christmas Day? Can I travel with the kids? If there is no court order specifying which parent gets the kids during each holiday, then it’s up to the parents to agree. However, this is often easier said than done, considering…

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