Alimony, also called “spousal maintenance” on Long Island, is a payment usually made from the higher earning spouse to the other to replace a portion of lost income until the lower earning spouse is able to financially support themselves independently. Often, one spouse will give up career opportunities while the other pursues theirs to keep the home and/or take care of children, leaving them at a distinct financial disadvantage in the event of a divorce. Spousal maintenance was originally designed to bridge that gap, and since its inception, many laws have been created to govern how and when alimony is paid and taxed. (more…)
If a Long Island court orders you to be paid child support, it must be paid on time and in full according to the order. If you are a recipient of child support and your support has gone unpaid or partially paid, this post will help you understand your rights under New York law and what your next step should be. (more…)
Finances are one of the most common issues in a Long Island divorce, and even more so in a high net worth divorce. You and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse must fully disclose your assets, and if one of you is found hiding assets, you could face serious penalties. Often, one spouse will hire a forensic accountant if they believe their spouse may hide assets to avoid paying as much in the divorce settlement and later in spousal support (alimony) or child support.
However, whether you believe your spouse has the propensity for dishonesty or not, if there’s a lot of money at stake, a forensic accountant can prove helpful. Here’s what you need to know. (more…)
Child custody cases and other types of family law cases in Nassau or Suffolk on Long Island often involve a guardian ad litem, a court-appointed attorney that looks after the child. If your case does, it’s important that you understand who this person is and what role they play in a family legal case. Here’s what you need to know about guardian ad litems and what you can do to get legal help for child custody and divorce cases. (more…)
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…)
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…)