Staten Island Divorce Blog

  • Supreme Court Decision Regarding Same-Sex Marriage Still Hot Issue

    || 13-Aug-2015

    All across the nation, the United States Supreme Court ruling on June 26 th that legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states has been sparking hot debate. Some people are staunchly defending the new rights, citing the Fourteenth Amendment and the protections it is to give all citizens under the law. Others are protesting loudly, pointing out potentially violated religious freedoms and ...
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  • How Does a Judge Decide Who Gets Custody?

    || 31-Jan-2014

    One of the most disputed matters in any divorce is custody. When the parents split, who gets the children? The process of winning child custody is not a simple one, which means that you need a knowledgeable Staten Island divorce lawyer by your side. The Law Offices of Adelola Sheralynn Dow can provide the counsel and representation that you need in order to protect your rights to custody and ...
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  • The Divorce Process

    || 31-Oct-2013

    Are you planning to divorce? It can be of great benefit to fully understand the divorce process before you begin. There are several forms of divorce, and a no-fault divorce is now possible in the State of New York, at long last. If you are going to file, the first step really should be to have meeting with a qualified Staten Island divorce lawyer. Divorce can be complicated, particularly when the ...
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  • Divorce and Real Estate

    || 28-Oct-2013

    The division of assets, including real estate, is an important issue in a divorce. Both parties may have owned property, and there may be property purchased during the term of the marriage. Who will get the family home? If there is a summer home, cottage, or real estate holdings, these issues become even more complex to resolve. As New York law allows for the "equitable distribution" of ...
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  • Details Regarding Equitable Distribution in NY Divorce

    || 21-Aug-2013

    Divorce in New York involves equitable distribution of assets. This means that property is divided equitably, not necessarily an equal division. This type of property division is fair and considers what the spouses contributed to the marriage and what they will need to move on after the divorce. Before adopting this method of division, New York used "common law property" where the ...
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  • Can I Get a Child Support Modification?

    || 27-Jun-2013

    Child support orders are made at the time of the divorce and may have been adequate and doable for your situation at that point. Unfortunately, financial situations change and the needs of children also change over time. If you need some sort of modification done to your current child support order, get in touch with a Staten Island divorce attorney from The Law Offices of Adelola Sheralynn Dow. A ...
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  • What is the Process of an Uncontested Divorce in New York?

    || 21-Jun-2013

    An uncontested divorce can be much easier and quicker than a contested divorce. In an uncontested divorce both spouses have to agree on every issue in their divorce. For an uncontested divorce to occur, one spouse will receive divorce papers and he or she can either choose to sign them or contest certain matters in the papers. If the spouse signs the papers and sends them back then that means they ...
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  • How is Child Support Determined in Staten Island, NY?

    || 5-Jun-2013

    New York has child support standards and the amounts are calculated following the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) along with domestic relations laws and family court acts. Generally non-custodial parents have to pay a "basic child support obligation" unless the court determines it inappropriate for a unique situation. This basic obligation is found by multiplying the parental income ...
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  • Do You Have a Stubborn Ex-Spouse Not Paying Child Support?

    || 14-May-2013

    Parents are obligated to pay child support for their children until the child reaches the age of 21 in New York. If they fail to do so they may be facing various penalties. There are federal and state acts and laws that penalize parents who do not pay child support. One of the acts is called the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act of 1998 and this makes not paying child support a felony. Nonpaying ...
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  • How Does the Court Decide Who Gets Custody?

    || 9-May-2013

    There are many aspects that the courts consider when awarding custody to parents in child custody cases. Most courts use the philosophy of deciding what is the "best interests of the child" when dealing with child custody cases. In order to determine the best interests, the court takes many factors into consideration: The age, sex, and health of the child The mental and physical health ...
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  • Divorce: Should You Wait Until the New Year?

    || 27-Dec-2012

    Why would it matter what month you file for divorce ? Filing for divorce after the holidays have come to an end could actually be a wise decision, both personally and financially. The holidays are usually a stressful time, and adding divorce to the mix can be emotionally overwhelming. Many people choose to wait until January when the family get-togethers and parties are over, children back in ...
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  • Woman Mourning Death of Husband Finds Out He Divorced Her Eight Years Previously

    || 27-Nov-2012

    In New York, a woman who had just lost her husband was confronted with the news that he had divorced her eight years earlier, without her knowing. Apparently, he had filed the divorce papers in secret in order to remove her from benefiting from his pension and life insurance. The couple, V.D. and D.D., had been married for over 30 years before he died from natural causes. He was 65 at the time of ...
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  • Momma's Baby, Daddy's Maybe: Part One

    || 8-Sep-2012

    Momma's Baby, Daddy's Maybe: Part One When I was a little girl my mother had a saying that she would use: "Momma's Baby, Daddy's Maybe! " While I was too young to understand the true meaning of the phrase back then, the practice of matrimonial and family law brings the true meaning of that phrase to the forefront of my mind each day. Simply put, unless there are ...
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  • Divorce Hotels: To Check in, or Not to Check in....

    || 23-Aug-2012

    The concept of "Divorce Hotels" has recently made a "splash" in the United States and has caused a buzz in the Divorce and Family Law legal circles. This concept, developed by a Netherlands-based business man, promises to have couples "divorced" duirng a weekend stay at a posh hotel. While Divorce Hotels are not yet available in the United States, I recently sat down ...
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  • That Ship Has Sailed: Serving Your Overseas Spouse with Your Complaint for Divorce

    || 14-Jan-2012

    As residents of the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area we are truly inhabitants of the "crossroads of the world." It is no wonder that many of us have spouses with ties to other countries, or even spouses who live in other countries. So, what happens when the "ship sails" on your marriage, your spouse has "skipped" the country and you need to serve him or her with ...
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  • The Secret That is the New York State Family Court

    || 29-Nov-2011

    As a daily practitioner of the Family Courts in the five boroughs of New York City, I have personally witnessed members of the public being denied access to Family Court courtrooms for one reason or another. Sometimes those reasons were valid, but most of the time the reasons were simply made up or not even provided. The fact of the matter is that the Uniform Rules for the Family Court provides ...
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  • For decades, the closest thing New York had to a No-Fault ground for divorce was a couple's separation pursuant to a Separation Agreement or Separation Judgment for at least a year. That tide changed in August 2010, when then Governor David Patterson signed legislation by which New York finally joined the ranks of the rest of the forty-nine states of this great nation, offering a true No-Fault ...
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  • Welcome to our Staten Island Divorce Blog

    || 29-Apr-2011

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Staten Island Divorce Blog.
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