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Changing Your Name After a Divorce

It can be quite a relief when your divorce is finalized, the decree is entered in court, and you can look forward to a bright future. However, women who took a married name have one last administrative task to complete before squaring away the entire process. With certain entities, your married name is still the official record on file, and you may want to change it so that you’re really starting fresh. While the process…

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Splitting Secondary Education Costs

Whether college is a few months away or several years down the road for your child, the time is now to address secondary education issues if you and your spouse are divorcing. Even when couples have a general agreement on post-high school plans for their children, the exact details should be part of the final divorce decree. If you fail to provide for college, university, or trade school – such as the critical point of…

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How Can Divorce Affect Your Business?

Apart from issues involving children, the distribution of property is typically the most fiercely contested issue in any New York divorce case. When your assets involve your own business interests, things can become even more challenging. As has been reported by Reuters, a divorce can have an immense impact on small businesses. The bottom line: You need to protect your legal rights and financial interests. If you are a Capital District business owner who is…

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Getting Divorced in the Military

Going through a divorce is never easy; it is a stressful, emotional, complicated process. For active military members, divorce can be even more challenging. Indeed, there may be additional logistical and legal issues that need to be addressed in a military divorce case. At the Colwell Law Group, LLC, our compassionate Saratoga County family lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of divorce cases. Here, we discuss some of the important things that you need…

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Moving On: An Etiquette Guide for Newly Divorced Parents

“Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.”—Robert Louis Stevenson When two parents are in the middle of a separation or divorce, the last thing on their mind is compromise. Often, hard feelings and bitterness have poisoned an already broken relationship, and neither party is in the mood to make life easier on the other. But as a divorce attorney, I have seen the power of compromise—not just across the negotiation table or in court, but…

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Parental Rights for Unmarried Parents

Parents have certain rights to, and responsibilities for, their children. In New York, these parental rights are bestowed regardless of whether or not the couple is married at the time of their child’s birth. That being said, there are also important differences that unmarried parents should be aware of if they are going through a child custody or child time-sharing dispute. Here, our experienced Albany, NY child custody attorneys discuss some of the important things…

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How Does Divorce Affects Small Children and What You Can Do About It

A 2017 study from Carnegie Mellon University found an interesting long-term effect on children of divorced parents. According to the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, children of divorced parents are more likely to catch colds as adults. At first sight, the scientific value of this discovery seems rather minimal. Yet, as the authors explain, not all adult children of divorced or separated parents are more susceptible to…

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What Is the Role of a Guardian ad Litem?

In most contested divorce cases, each spouse is separately represented by an experienced attorney. But if there are young children involved–and the parents are fighting over custody and visitation–who represents their interests? In Albany and Schenectady County, the answer is a Law Guardian, who is sometimes known by the more formal term of “guardian ad litem.” Under New York law, any minor who is the “subject of family court proceedings” has the right to be…

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Your Options When Dealing With A Harassing Spouse or Ex-Spouse

Given the mental and physical toll of divorce, it is not unusual for one parent to start harassing the other (or even the children) over parenting decisions, child custody, child support or visitation. In these cases, the non-harassing parent might decide that the divorce settlement needs to be changed. This can be done, but there are steps you can take while the legal process works itself out. What is Harassment? Harassment can come in many…

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How Will a Restraining Order Affect My Divorce?

A divorce is stressful even under the best of circumstances. But when there has been domestic violence within the family, the affected spouse may not wait until the divorce is final. They may seek an order of protection–i.e., a restraining order–against the other spouse. When this happens, what does it mean for the divorce itself? What an Order of Protection Actually Means Not all restraining orders are the same. Depending on the facts and circumstances…

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