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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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Practicing Transparency During Divorce

One of the primary issues when filing for divorce in New York is dividing marital assets between the parties, through an equitable distribution. In some cases, another question will be the appropriateness and amount of alimony for one spouse. For both considerations, the law requires full, honest disclosure of all assets, income, and debts to ensure fairness. As such, it may be tempting to hide assets, deceive your spouse, or engage in other misconduct. Some…

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Collecting Evidence, What Is Permissible?

When you are involved in a battle over asset division, alimony, child custody, or other issues in a contested New York divorce case, evidence is critical. Statements, documents, and other information serves two purposes in a divorce matter: You need sufficient details to support your side of a disputed matter; and, You also want enough evidence to counter the positions of the other party. Still, New York rules of evidence apply to a divorce case,…

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Separation vs. Divorce

Though you may hear the two terms used interchangeably, there is a big difference between separation and divorce from a legal perspective. Depending on which applies, you have a distinct status under New York’s divorce statute on separation and divorce. As such, there are certain pros and cons you should weigh when figuring out what works best for your situation. You can trust a knowledgeable New York divorce attorney to review your circumstances, assess your…

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Child Support Across State Lines

Under New York State law, parents have a legal obligation to provide support for children until they reach the age of 21 years. While this may seem a simple concept, disputes often arise over the amount of child support and how it relates to custody and visitation. At times, a parent may even need to pursue legal action to enforce a child support order. When parents live in different states, the situation can be even…

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Bankruptcy and Divorce

If your circumstances are such that you need to address both bankruptcy and divorce, you are probably feeling a little overwhelmed by your situation. Neither process is easy, so it is tough to be forced into these two types of proceedings at the same time. Federal bankruptcy laws are complex and the New York divorce statute is extremely detailed. Plus, emotional issues are part of any New York divorce, which can further complicate the financial…

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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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Grandparents’ Rights

At the Colwell Law Group, we regularly hear from grandparents who are being denied visitation with their grandchildren. They are very upset, and they want to know what rights they have. The truth is that the law is very convoluted when it comes to grandparents’ rights. Although you might have the ability to obtain visitation, you will need an experienced family lawyer by your side to guide you through this process. Visitation Children benefit from…

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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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What is Collaborative Divorce?

There is no law that says divorce must be acrimonious. Instead, many couples have found that taking a collaborative approach has worked best, ensuring that they remain on speaking terms after the divorce so that they can successfully co-parent. At the Colwell Law Group, we practice collaborative divorce, which might be an ideal option for you. To learn more, please contact us today. Collaborative Divorce Explained Collaborative divorce is an approach that emphasizes finding common…

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