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Feb21No Comments

New Maintenance Laws Now Effective in New York State

he New Maintenance Laws have greatly effected the way alimony (termed “maintenance” in NY) is handled in New York State. The new law, which went into effect on 01/25/2016 throws out the former way the Courts determined alimony or maintenance...
May09No Comments

Does NY recognize common law marriage?

The short answer is: NO… However, as with most legal issues, there is no black and white. The NY Courts have stated that without a marriage – there will be no recognition of an implied contract. This is a huge impediment to someone seeking...
Jun08No Comments

The Legal Process of Selling Your Home or Property

[Please note that local customs and practices vary location to location within New York. For the NYC and surrounding areas, including Westchester County, the following summation should be useful:] So you have listed your home for sale and you have an...
May17No Comments

Explaining Closing Adjustments in a Real Estate Transaction

What are those confusing numbers that take place before the closing and at the closing that lawyers and title companies refer to as “adjustments” or “closing adjustments”? They are really not as complicated as they first appear....
Feb18No Comments

Keeping Your Separate Property Separate

Equitable distribution is the division of marital property in a divorce. Equitable distribution law is premised upon a marriage being an economic partnership. Marital assets are broadly construed, while separate assets are narrowly construed, as exceptions....
Nov09No Comments

Divorce in Westchester County: Specific Court Rules

If you are getting divorced in Westchester County, it is important to hire a matrimonial attorney who is familiar with the unique practice of the Westchester County Supreme Court Matrimonial Part. In Westchester County, there are Matrimonial Part Operational...
Sep27No Comments

Can my Child Support be increased because of gifts from my parents?

People are sometimes inclined to spoil their children and grandparents are especially fond of spoiling their grandchildren.  This often results in children living a better lifestyle than their parents could provide because monetary contributions from...
Aug16No Comments

Custody Factors in New York

There are many factors that the Court’s look at when determining a child custody decision. All of the factors fall under the predominant factor which is the best interest of the children and what will promote the children’s happiness and welfare....
Jan26No Comments

Legal Fees in New York Divorce Cases

In a divorce action, a Court may direct either spouse to pay counsel fees and expert fees directly to the attorney of the other spouse. In addition, in any application to enforce, annul, or modify orders such as orders for maintenance, child support,...
Jul08No Comments

Same Sex Marriage comes to New York

A flood of engagements have taken place since June 24, 2011.  The occasion is the legalization of same sex marriage in New York.  Many same sex couples who have been in committed relationships for years but who have been awaiting New York’s legalization...