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December 2015 Archives

Divorced parents can make a holiday parenting plan

In New York, as well as other states, family courts get congested around the holidays because divorced parents cannot agree on who spends specific days with the children. There are, however, ways to minimize strife and increase enjoyment of the holidays for both the parents and the children.

Modifying alimony after mandatory early retirement

When couples go through a divorce in New York, one spouse might be ordered to make monthly alimony payments to the other spouse. Alimony is usually only a factor in divorces that involve one spouse who is at least partially supported by the other spouse. After the divorce, however, alimony obligations may have to be modified due to changes in the financial circumstances of the paying spouse.

Knowing when to file bankruptcy and divorce

Some New York residents who are in unhappy marriages in which finances are an issue may want to file for both divorce and for bankruptcy protection. Since these two separate types of cases can have major effects on one another, it is important for people to understand the appropriate filing order and timing to avoid problems.

New York law establishes new alimony formula

New Yorkers getting divorced may have reason to breathe a sigh of relief following the passage of an early December 2015 alimony law by the State Legislature. Whereas the factors used to decide alimony awards formerly included issues like the individual incomes of the married couple and the duration of their marriage, the new law established income limits that are set to go into effect in late January.

Television star must pay child support for surrogate son

New York residents may know Sherri Shepherd for the seven years she spent as a host on the popular daytime television show 'The View." Shepherd was once again in the headlines on Nov. 27 when it was reported that she had been ordered to pay alimony to her ex-husband as well as child support to care for the couple's surrogate son after losing a contentious legal battle.

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