Staten Island Family Divorce Attorney
TURNING FEAR INTO POWER WHEN HAPPILY EVER AFTER FADES AWAY®
    • Am I Abandoning My Spouse By Leaving The House?

      Recently, I have been meeting prospective clients who are afraid to leave their unhappy marriages and homes for fear of being accused of abandoning their spouses and/or their children. The most ...

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    • Tax Reform: Is It Really Benefiting YOU? A Discussion of How the Disappearance of the Alimony Tax Deduction Will Impact Paying Spouses

      The first half of the year is over and that fact has never been more important to divorcing couples than it is this year, 2018. Why? Because last year, Congress passed a sweeping tax reform law which ...

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    • But I Don't Even Earn That! How Courts Set Child Support and Spousal Support Obligations Using the Income You Don't Have

      "You can’t get blood from a stone”, is the old adage which often gives people comfort when they owe money to a creditor whom they cannot afford to repay. Well, as all of my clients can confirm, I ...

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    • Can I Seek an Annulment From My Spouse for Failure to Consummate?

      Many clients come into our office to consult with our attorneys about whether or not they can get an annulment from their spouse after only a few weeks of marriage. They usually want to ask us if they ...

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    • I HAVE 50/50 CUSTODY OF MY CHILDREN, SO WHY AM I PAYING CHILD SUPPORT (New York Edition)

      It is becoming increasingly popular for parents to equally share physical custody with one another. However, New York state statutes have yet to be modified to address the issue of how child support ...

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    • How Does a Judge Decide Who Gets Custody?

      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 ...

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    • How Does the Court Decide Who Gets Custody?

      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 ...

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    • I HAVE 50/50 CUSTODY OF MY CHILDREN, SO WHY AM I PAYING CHILD SUPPORT (New York Edition)

      It is becoming increasingly popular for parents to equally share physical custody with one another. However, New York state statutes have yet to be modified to address the issue of how child support ...

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    • Emancipation! Wait, I May Still Have to Pay Child Support After My Child Turns 18? (New Jersey Edition)

      An eighteen-year-old in the State of New Jersey can obtain a driver’s license, vote, and engage in other activities and decisions reserved for adults. But yes, at age 18 your new adult may aso still ...

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    • Emancipation! Wait, I May Still Have to Pay Child Support After My Child Turns 18? (New York Edition)

      At the age of eighteen (18) your child can vote, purchase cigarettes in many parts of the State (with the exception of New York City and Suffolk counties where the age limit is 21), obtain a driver’s ...

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    • Can I Get a Child Support Modification?

      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 ...

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    • But it’s my pension!

      I often say that many of my clients want to protect their pensions from their spouses with the same fervor that they would protect a vital organ. During a divorce, it can seem unfair to have to share ...

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    • Don’t take the bait: Learning how to interact with your spouse during your divorce.

      Does your soon-to-be-ex-spouse know what “buttons to push” to cause you to react in a way that is inflammatory or nasty? If you know that your spouse has this ability, then you must realize that he or ...

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    • "Don't worry, my divorce is uncontested!" Really, are you sure about that?

      I cannot tell you how many people come into my office believing that their divorce is uncontested simply because their spouse has told them that they don't want to "fight" or because they really ...

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    • DANGER, DANGER! Think Deep Before You Purchase!!!

      In recent years, it has become increasingly popular for couples to purchase homes together before tying the knot. Getting the keys before the ring has more legal repercussions than most people can ...

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    • What is a Default? (New York Edition)

      When a defendant or respondent fails to respond to your summons in a divorce or family court matter within the time frame provided for by the court, that person has “defaulted.” Every state handles ...

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    • Details Regarding Equitable Distribution in NY Divorce

      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 ...

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    • Hiring The Bulldog Attorney: Litigating on Emotions, Not Facts

      Allow me to let you in on a little secret: I love to argue. Okay, maybe it’s not such a well -kept secret. Throughout my years of practice as a matrimonial and family court attorney, people have been ...

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    • New Year, New You Without Your Spouse

      Rumor has it that the first of the year brings with it a run on divorce lawyers’ offices as realizations that a marriage isn’t living up to life desires and/or goals become intensified with the ...

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    • Protecting Yourself and Your Family While Navigating the Choppy Waters of the Divorce Process

      Divorce and Family Law legal matters are easily the most intense situations one can endure. When going through a divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence or other family law matter, it ...

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    • Secure your own oxygen mask before trying to help others.

      This statement is not just an airline travel fact, but a lesson on how to proceed in a divorce when you are the supporting spouse. As the primary wage earner, it is easy to forget about yourself as ...

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    • Turning Fear Into Power When Happily Ever After Fades Away®: The Series ©

      FEAR OF FINANCIAL INSTABILITY One of the fears that keep people in a dysfunctional marriage is that of financial instability. In order to conquer this fear, make sure to know as much as possible about ...

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    • Common Law Marriage: The Myth that Keeps on Ticking

      As a young adult, I remember hearing about this concept of marriage which springs into existence based on two people residing together as “as spouses “for seven years or more. I remember first hearing ...

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    • 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 ...

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    • Do I have to elect my ex as the beneficiary on my pension or retirement benefits?

      Just like the money in your bank account, pensions and retirement benefits are marital property. Because of that, even though your spouse did not work for the benefit, he or she is entitled to share ...

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    • But it’s my pension!

      I often say that many of my clients want to protect their pensions from their spouses with the same fervor that they would protect a vital organ. During a divorce, it can seem unfair to have to share ...

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    • LGBTQ Divorces on Staten Island

      Just a few short years ago, same sex, transgender and LGBTQ marriages were illegal. After the dust has settled on the Supreme Court Decision which corrected the moral and legal wrong of those marriage ...

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

      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 ...

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    • Can I Seek an Annulment From My Spouse for Failure to Consummate?

      Many clients come into our office to consult with our attorneys about whether or not they can get an annulment from their spouse after only a few weeks of marriage. They usually want to ask us if they ...

      Read More
    • But I Don't Even Earn That! How Courts Set Child Support and Spousal Support Obligations Using the Income You Don't Have

      "You can’t get blood from a stone”, is the old adage which often gives people comfort when they owe money to a creditor whom they cannot afford to repay. Well, as all of my clients can confirm, I ...

      Read More
    • What Is the Process of an Uncontested Divorce in New York?

      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 ...

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