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How Divorced Parents Make Medical Decisions for Children

How Divorced Parents Make Medical Decisions for Children

How Divorced Parents Make Medical Decisions for Children

Medical decisions are among the most important decisions that can be made for your child. However, it may not always be clear who is able to make those decisions, who would be overstepping their boundaries if they made medical decisions for the child, and how those decisions should be made. Here’s what you should know about how divorced parents can make medical decisions for their child.

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Child Custody & Visitation If a Parent Gets COVID-19?

Child Custody & Visitation If a Parent Gets COVID-19?

Child Custody & Visitation If a Parent Gets COVID-19?

The coronavirus pandemic has upended life in New York, and every corner of the state is feeling the effects, including Long Island. How does the pandemic affect your child custody and visitation orders, especially if you or your ex get sick? Here’s what you should know.

Will Visitation Carry On As Normal During the Pandemic?

If you, your ex, and your child are feeling well and do not appear to be sick, there’s no reason to alter your visitation schedule. You should practice social distancing in other ways, such as ordering groceries online and staying home when at all possible. However, if you’re well, you and your ex can — and should — still pick up and drop off your child according to your original child custody court orders.

 

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5 Ways to Help Win Your Child Custody Battle

5 Ways to Help Win Your Child Custody Battle

5 Ways to Help Win Your Child Custody Battle

Fighting for child custody is essential but exhausting work. Research and court opinion has long indicated that, with rare exceptions, a meaningful relationship between both parents is in a child’s best interests. Here are some ways you can increase the chances that you’ll receive a favorable child custody judgment.

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How Does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Affect My Child Custody or Child Support Order in New York?

How Does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Affect My Child Custody or Child Support Order in New York?

How Does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Affect My Child Custody or Child Support Order in New York?

As most Americans adapt to a new reality in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in particular social distancing, mandatory business closures and work from home, school closures, job layoffs, shortages of food and essential supplies, etc., there are lot of questions that need to be answered. For the first time in a long time, many of us are having to take care of our children (and maybe even perhaps our parents or grandparents) full-time.

Coronavirus Impact on Child Custody Orders

If you are not married or in an intact relationship with your children’s other parent, you may have a Child Custody Order and are wondering whether or not you have to send your children to visit the other parent. If you are the noncustodial or nonresidential parent, you may fear that you are going to go a prolonged period of time without seeing your children if the Federal or New York State governments issue a mandatory quarantine or stay in place order.

Coronavirus Impact on Child Support Orders

If you have a Child Support Order and you lost your job or your hours were cut back and you are starting to struggle to make ends meet, you may be asking whether or not you have to continue to pay child support. Conversely, if you rely on child support to care for your children, provide for their support, food, clothing, shelter activities, etc., you may be afraid that the other parent is going to stop paying altogether.

In this article, we answer the foregoing questions, as well as others you might have surrounding your Child Custody and Child Support obligations at this unprecedented time.

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How Can I Prove Domestic Violence Accusations are False?

How Can I Prove Domestic Violence Accusations are False?

How Can I Prove Domestic Violence Accusations are False?

Domestic violence is, unfortunately, a common theme in divorces. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 1 in 7 men and 1 in 4 women have been the victim of domestic abuse. While being sensitive to victims of violence is of the utmost importance, not all accusations of domestic abuse are truthful. In some cases, one spouse will attempt to gain control over the other by alleging abuse. The state acts quickly to remove perpetrators of violence from the home in an effort to protect victims, making it easier for a disingenuous spouse who wants to keep the marital home or gain sole custody of their children to do so without much of a fight.

Here’s what you need to know about how to prove your case of false allegations.

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Drug Testing Impact on Custody, Visitation in Long Island Family Court

Drug Testing Impact on Custody, Visitation in Long Island Family Court

Drug Testing Impact on Custody, Visitation in Long Island Family Court

If you’re involved in a divorce, child custody, or child support case, drug testing may be involved either for yourself or your ex, or both. Here’s what you need to know about why Long Island courts order drug tests, how they’re conducted, and when you should reach out for help from an experienced family law attorney.

Why Drug Tests Are Used in Family Court

Contrary to popular belief, drug use isn’t something penalized by family courts, even when illegal. A family court will not issue criminal charges but may forward the case to a prosecutor if deemed necessary, usually in clear instances where more than personal use is suspected. Rather, the primary consideration behind drug testing is ensuring the wellbeing and best interests of any children involved. If drug use is highly suspected, family courts will order testing to confirm and take appropriate action to reduce harm to the child, including but not limited to suspending child custody and visitation rights until a drug rehabilitation program has been completed successfully.

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