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January 2015 Archives

Reasonable visitation in New York

When New York parents decide to end their marriage, one parent will normally be given primary or sole physical custody of their children. The court will also establish how visitation can be handled, and one type of visitation for the non-custodial parent is what is called reasonable visitation.

The benefits and drawbacks of virtual visitation

In today's advanced technological environment, the rights of some divorced parents are being impacted by what is called virtual visitation. This is a way for non-custodial parents who are not physically present to continue their relationship with their children by using tools such as email, social media sites, webcams and video conferencing. It seeks to supplement in-person visitation between non-custodial parents and their children, not replace it. New York judges have already began to use this method as a way to extend parental visitation rights.

How custodial parents may use child support payments

New York parents who are receiving or paying child support often have questions about how support payments can be used. Many people believe that child support can only be used to pay for a child's basic necessities, such as food, clothing and housing. However, support payments can be used to cover a wide variety of expenses.

Are 401(k)s subject to property division?

Some residents of New York that have 401(k)s may be concerned to learn more about what may happen to them in the event of a divorce. Retirement accounts, such a 401(k), are generally subject to qualified domestic relations orders that establish the circumstances where the account may be redistributed.