QUEENS, New York. Many states have “cooling off” periods in the interest of reducing the number of people who get divorced. The states claim that they have a vested interest in protecting marriages, especially where children may be involved. Critics claim that the state should have no say in whether people stay together or part ways. However, in the case of divorce involving domestic violence, “cooling off” periods may be just one more hurdle that the abused need to jump over before they are free of the cycle of violence for good. In other cases, onerous residency requirements can end up trapping individuals in marriages with violent spouses.
BROOKLYN, New York. Whether you work in an office, have your own business, or are a tennis pro, getting divorced and facing a child custody battle can have an impact on your work life. The New York Times recently reported on how, tennis pro, Victoria Azarenka may miss the U.S. Open as a result of her child custody battle. In California, where Azarenka lives, parents are not permitted to take children out of the state before a child custody battle is resolved. For parents who travel for work, these laws could impact a person’s ability to do their job.
QUEENS, New York. If your friend is going through a divorce, you may be wondering how you can help and what you can do. It can be difficult to know what a friend is going through, especially if you haven’t been through a divorce yourself. What are some things you can do to help?
BROOKLYN, New York. Divorce is a tough decision for any couple to make and most couples spend months or years trying to save their union before making the decision to split. That said, if you and your partner are considering filing for divorce, here are 7 questions you may want to ask before you file the paperwork.
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.