Blog Posts in 2013

  • 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

    In New York, parents are obligated to pay child support for their children until the child reaches the age of 21. If the parent fails to do so, then 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, which this makes not paying child support a ...
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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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