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Child Custody & Support in New York State

Child Custody & Support in New York State

In a divorce, one of the most contentious issues can be custody of the children. It is important that both parties fully comprehend the types of custody that exist and what each of them entails so that they can determine what will suit them and what will benefit their children most. Sometimes clients have questions […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On September 15, 2016
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Maintenance – lump sum or payments?

Many clients who are in a position to receive maintenance (formerly known as alimony) are not sure whether they should take the promise of monthly maintenance payments from their spouse or take a lump sum. There are several good reasons to take a lump sum, especially with New York’s new maintenance guidelines. New York instituted […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On September 9, 2016
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Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mediation and Arbitration

Mediation is in the news a lot lately, especially for divorce, as a more peaceful way to end a relationship. Mediation, however, is not just about ending relationships but part of a growing area of what is known as ADR – alternative dispute resolution. There are several types of ADR, Arbitration, Mediation and Collaboration. Generally […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On December 11, 2015
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The Key Differences between Family Court and Supreme Court Cases

Frequently when relationships start to falter, people begin to inquire as to what their rights are in court. Understanding the differences between what can be accomplished in Family Court and Supreme Court in New York is an important first step! First of all, only married individuals can seek matrimonial relief in Supreme Court, which has […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On September 4, 2015
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Planning For Divorce with Retirement in Mind

Clients often need to plan for divorce with retirement in mind. In the past, I have explained the importance that custody and child support agreements may play in a divorce. Clients without young families, however, do not have to make all decisions based on the impact on the children. When discussing retirement after divorce, maintenance, […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On August 7, 2015
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Mediators and Attorneys: What To Expect From Each Process

The choice between using a mediator or an attorney isn’t always easy – a consultation with each can give the client some basic information of what to expect. The use of mediators has increased in recent years as people are looking for a more peaceful way to divorce. I have a mediation certificate as well […]

New Bill Affects Value of Professional Licenses in Divorce Proceedings

New York will most likely have new legislation regarding maintenance fees in the coming weeks. Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign this piece of legislation that was recently passed by both houses. Last week, in my discussion of maintenance and other fees, I explained the process of determining maintenance awards, child support and attorneys […]

Maintenance, Attorney’s Fees and Child Support: Who Pays for What

Divorces often bring about financial disagreements, especially when one spouse earns more than the other. The lower earning spouse can fight for maintenance, attorney’s fees and child support. Last week, I gave an overview of different custody options couples are faced with during and after the divorce process. It is important that each party has […]

Custody Arrangements: What Works Best for You

Clients with children often ask me about the different custody arrangements that come with divorce as their children are frequently their main concern. Knowing the different scenarios that come with each arrangement is important for ensuring an outcome that best suits each couple and their children. New York has several types of custody: true joint […]

New York’s Automatic Restraining Orders in Divorce

New York instituted automatic restraining orders a few years ago in reaction to a common practice of many litigants who got served with divorce papers.  Their reaction was to immediately empty the bank accounts! Rather than force lawyers to file restrainer orders after the fact or hopefully prior to assets being drained, now the Plaintiff […]