The murder rate in New York has dropped significantly over the past 25 years, with a 40-percent decrease between 2002 and 2016. Despite this positive trend, domestic violence homicides remain alarmingly common.
If you are considering divorce and you and your spouse share children, the idea of breaking the news to them may be heartbreaking. Even if you checked out of the marriage a long time ago, your children are still emotionally invested in the current family dynamic, and it is only natural to want to protect them during the transition.
Even if your marriage is ending amicably, it is likely that you and your ex will disagree on certain terms of your divorce. Child custody is often a matter of contention—especially when one parent wants to limit the custodial rights of the other.
It is common for a family that is facing a criminal domestic violence case to have related cases in matrimonial and family court. In an effort to promote victim safety, prevent conflicting orders, and improve efficiency of these cases, New York introduced Integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) courts.
If you are struggling to pay child support or if you have primary custody and you think your child’s other parent should be paying more, it may be possible to get your child support order modified. Child support modifications are only granted in certain situations, which include:
In the state of New York, there are several ways to change your marital status or end your marriage. These include separation, divorce, dissolution, and annulment.
Under the New York State Unified Court System, a parent must support his or her children financially until they reach the age of 21. Parents who divorce or separate are still responsible for supporting their children financially. As a result, it is common for a custodial parent to receive child support from the non-custodial parent.
Ending a marriage comes with serious financial implications, and asset division is often a cause of conflict during divorce proceedings. Even if you and your spouse amicably agreed to the split, it is essential that you take steps to minimize the effects of divorce on your finances.
Families are constantly evolving. As families change, so to do the circumstances leading to divorce. While divorce with children is common, divorce while pregnant is less so. Yet, more couples are going through divorce while the woman is pregnant. If this describes your situation, you may have to answer unique family law questions if you choose to move forward with the divorce before the child is born. For instance, if you are pregnant with your first child, you may no longer be able to apply for simplified divorce in New York. If you are going to be divorcing while pregnant, it is a good idea to speak to a family lawyer. The Law Office of Charles Zolot may be able to help. Read more
According to Purdue University, there are several red flags that suggests that your partner may be abusive to your children. For instance, a partner that has hurt your children in the past is more likely to do so again. Threats against you and your children should also not be taken lightly. Other warning signs of potentially abusive parents include:
- Abuse of animals
- Destruction of clothing, objects in the home, or items you care about
- Destructive behavior during arguments
If you suspect that your children are being abused while they are in the custody of your ex, contact Child Protective Services as soon as possible. You may also want to speak to the child custody lawyers at the Law Office of Charles Zolot. Read more