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Parental Kidnapping on Long Island — What Is It?

Parental Kidnapping on Long Island — What Is It?

It’s a fear many parents have when sharing custody of their child with their ex — will their ex kidnap their child? Will they refuse to bring them back at the appointed time after visitation? Will they take the child out of state? Parental kidnapping is a serious issue that is important to understand when you and your spouse divorce and you will be sharing custody of your child in some capacity. Here’s what you need to know and what your legal options are if your child is taken by your ex. (more…)

Proving Domestic Violence in a Long Island Divorce Case

Proving Domestic Violence in a Long Island Divorce Case

Sadly, many cases of divorce on Long Island arise from situations of domestic violence. Too many of them are legitimate cases of violence, and some are false accusations driven by the desire of one person to gain control over the other. Whether you’re working toward proving that the violence occurred or you’re fighting unjust accusations, you’ll need evidence on your side. Here’s what you need to know about proving domestic violence in a Long Island divorce case and what types of evidence can be brought forward. (more…)

Is a Home Paternity Test Legally Admissible in Court?

Is a Home Paternity Test Legally Admissible in Court?

When the issue of paternity comes up in a family law situation, it’s important to understand the different types of paternity tests available and which ones are, and are not, legally admissible in a Long Island courtroom. Home paternity tests, in particular, are becoming more affordable, leaving many people wondering if they can use a home paternity test in a family law case. Here’s what you need to know about the admissibility of home paternity tests and other types of paternity tests that may be available to you. (more…)

3 Tips to Keep Your Contested Divorce Uncontentious

3 Tips to Keep Your Contested Divorce Uncontentious

A contested divorce on Long Island is a divorce where you and your ex-spouse do not agree on one or more issues of the divorce. For example, if you and your spouse are unable to agree on child custody arrangements and neither party is willing to compromise, the divorce becomes contested and a judge must decide for you how to award custody. (more…)

Long Island Divorce & Retirement Accounts — Who Gets Paid?

Long Island Divorce & Retirement Accounts — Who Gets Paid?

Divorce can impact you financially, including your retirement accounts. For most people on Long Island, planning for retirement is largely guesswork. Although you’re putting part of your income in savings accounts and investments to provide for your future expenses when you no longer can or want to work, there are a lot of things that are up in the air. For example, you don’t know how inflation will affect the value of your retirement funds and how much cost of living will increase on Long Island. Even so, you save because it’s important to try to plan ahead as much as you can. (more…)

Disclosing Your Finances in a Long Island Divorce

Disclosing Your Finances in a Long Island Divorce

In a divorce on Long Island, you must disclose, or make known, your complete financial information if your case involves child support, spousal support, or other maintenance. New York State Domestic Relations Law §236 makes it mandatory for both spouses to bring forward their information so the financial situation of each spouse can be accurately represented. Even if your divorce is uncontested, you’ll still need to completely disclose your finances. (more…)