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Understanding Child Support in the Context of Divorce

Here in New York, the process of calculating spousal support and maintenance in a divorce can be grueling and complicated. However, these calculations are basically guidelines, subject to judicial review and your own negotiations with your ex. However, if you have children, the process for calculating child support is a bit more rigid. The state has specific rules and formulas for determining child support. Let’s explore this topic in a bit more detail, so you…

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What Happens to the House and Other Real Estate During a Divorce?

“Who gets the house?” Besides custody disputes over the kids, the question of how real estate should be divided—especially the marital house—is perhaps the most contentious issue most divorcing couples face. It’s not just about the monetary value; if it were just another asset, no one would care that much. Rather, the house carries sentimental value, usually for both spouses—and if you’ve been raising kids, tearing them from their childhood home could be devastating. Needless…

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Retooling or Rebooting Your Career After a Divorce

Divorce is one of those major life changes that can spark several life changes all at once. Beyond the obvious changes of becoming newly single or a single parent, many divorced people find the need to relocate to a new city or state, for example. In particular, divorce may have a profound effect on people’s career decisions, forcing them to retool or restart their careers—or possibly even begin a new career from scratch—in order to…

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Equitable Division of Debt in a Divorce

Dividing Marital Debts Equitably—What You Need to Know If dividing marital assets can cause contention in a divorce, separating marital debt can cause even more. It’s one matter to walk away with fewer assets. It’s another matter entirely to be saddled with debts you don’t feel obligated to pay. What can you do to protect yourself and your interests during this particularly sticky part of the divorce negotiations? How Debt Division Works in New York…

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The Benefits of Couples Therapy

Everyone wants to have a strong, successful marriage. In fact, according to a recent study of attitudes towards marriage, 93 percent of Americans surveyed stated that having a very happy marriage is one of the most important objectives in their life. Unfortunately, there is a large (and growing) gap between the number of people who want a happy marriage and the number of people who are actually in a happy marriage. Recently, Bloomberg reported that…

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Maintaining and Creating New Traditions After Divorce

If you are getting divorced in Albany, New York, you are not alone. The American Psychological Association (APA) notes that somewhere between 40 and 50 percent of U.S. marriages end in divorce. Yet, going through divorce, especially if you have young children, can be intensely stressful. Even though it is something that is relatively common in our community, parents still often feel totally alone. The good news is that you can maintain family stability through…

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Income Change After Settling Support

A parent’s child support obligations are based on their income. The state of New York has official guidelines that are typically used to calculate the total amount of child support that will be owed in a particular situation. For example, under these guidelines, a parent who owes support for one child is presumed to owe 17 percent of their income in child support payments. Of course, a person’s income is not static. You and your…

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Is a Prenup the Right Thing for You?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about prenuptial agreements. For many couples, prenups can be useful. They provide real benefits, important clarity, and help to facilitate open and healthy communication. At the same time, prenups also carry a certain stigma, which makes many people inherently resistant to signing one. However, there is strong evidence that the stigma is changing. Recently, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) reported that more couples are…

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The Benefits of Joint Custody

Many couples going through divorce in New York must tackle such issues as divvying up assets and determining alimony. However, parents who are divorcing must also address the needs of minor children. Among the top concerns will be custody and state law requires consideration of the child’s best interests. Still, the preferred arrangement is allowing both parents to be involved with decision-making under the concept of joint custody. While you should discuss whether joint custody…

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How Mediation Can Help Your Divorce

When you think of divorce proceedings in New York, you may picture a packed courtroom, fighting attorneys, and angry spouses fighting over alimony, asset division, and care for minor children. While this may draw ratings on TV and in the movies, the fact is that many couples choose mediation as an amicable, efficient method for handling their divorce. New York Family Court Divorce Mediation is a highly successful approach to resolving many issues in a…

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