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Child Abuse Defined & Defense Against False Charges

Child Abuse Defined & Defense Against False Charges

Child Abuse Defined & Defense Against False Charges

Unfortunately, we see too many Family Court cases that involve allegations of child neglect on Long Island. Many of our clients have been in the position of being falsely accused of neglecting their children, while other clients believe their children are being neglected by their other parent. Regardless of how you ended up in a Child Neglect Proceeding, it is important to understand certain concepts and definitions that will be used in court.

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How to Fight Parental Alienation in Child Custody

How to Fight Parental Alienation in Child Custody

How to Fight Parental Alienation in Child Custody

Difficult child custody matters can take a turn for the worse when one parent begins to manipulate a child to dislike or even hate the other parent. This is called parental alienation and can be devastating for both the alienated parent and the child.

It’s estimated that 11-15% of divorces with children involve parental alienation. This manipulation can cause children to experience anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, and may result in the development of more challenging disorders, such as borderline or narcissistic personality disorder.

If your child has been weaponized against you by the other parent, here’s what you can do.

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What Is Parental Alienation or Manipulation?

What Is Parental Alienation or Manipulation?

What Is Parental Alienation or Manipulation?

Parental alienation, or parental manipulation, is all too common in high-conflict divorces or child custody battles. Unfortunately, it’s also devastating and can cause an irreparable breakdown of parent-child relationships. Here’s what you need to know about parental alienation and what your legal options are if you believe your child’s other parent is manipulating them to alienate you.

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Why Hire a Long Island Adoption Attorney?

Why Hire a Long Island Adoption Attorney?

Why Hire a Long Island Adoption Attorney?

Adopting a child is highly rewarding, but can also be an overwhelming and stressful process. If you’re pursuing domestic or international adoption on Long Island, New York, it’s important to work with an experienced professional who can help you navigate the challenges ahead to forge a path toward adoption success.

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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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When Can You Stop Paying Alimony on Long Island?

When Can You Stop Paying Alimony on Long Island?

When Can You Stop Paying Alimony on Long Island?

Alimony, also called spousal support or spousal maintenance, is a payment made from the higher earning spouse to the lower earning spouse during and after a divorce. These payments are intended to help bridge the income gap while the lesser earning spouse learns to function independently.

3 Different Types of Alimony in New York

There are three different types of alimony:

#1. Temporary Alimony

Temporary alimony is often awarded immediately after filing for divorce when the lesser earning spouse reveals a financial need. This type of maintenance is usually very short-lived and is re-evaluated during the divorce process.

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