Category Archive: Divorce and Separation

Courts and the Covid Vaccine for Kids

There is a rise here in Central New York of court cases whose central issue is the dispute over whether to allow kids to be vaccinated against Covid.  Not surprising parents who do not get along over the simpler things like whether or not to play soccer or take allergy medicine are not likely to …

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A Good Day

Some days as a matrimonial and family law attorney we struggle with why we have picked this area of practice.  Clients and members of the bar often agree that the “system” is broken or unfair.  We spend a great deal of time, if we actually care about our clients, telling them things they don’t want …

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DO IT YOURSELF DIVORCE?

DO IT YOURSELF DIVORCE and FAMILY LAW MATTERS For the past 35 years I have practiced matrimonial and family law.  During this period more than half of the clients I represent come to me to “fix” or “undo” what they did when they went unrepresented during their divorce, custody or support matter. Here are the …

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Negotiating Custody Yourself

This sounds like a good idea, right? You are smart, you know your spouse or significant other. You don’t want to spend any money or don’t have money to spend on an attorney.  So why wouldn’t you just go to a mediator or decide to start negotiating custody yourself? Well, here are some reasons to …

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LAWYERS AND THE CORONAVIRUS

These are some very difficult times during this Coronavirus for the people I work with and for.  Many of you are calling about parenting time that is going badly, children that are being exposed to potential virus or other inappropriate and risky circumstances.  Some of you need money to get by that is currently not …

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DON’T OVERPAY FOR LEGAL FEES!

Not all attorneys have the same experience. Not all attorneys have the abilities. Not all attorneys respond to client’s promptly. AND ATTORNEYS DO NOT ALL CHARGE THE SAME FOR THE SAME WORK!!!! What does this mean for you? READ Read over the family court or matrimonial retainer agreement they give you very By the way, …

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Child’s Therapist- Legal System

I often have parents who tell me that their child’s therapist supports their position and insist that I tell the Court and the Attorney for the Child to be sure and take that position into consideration before rendering a recommendation, position or decision. For over 30 years, with NO exception, therapists are seldom the supportive …

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SHOULD I MODIFY THE CUSTODY ARRANGMENT

When someone comes in to meet with me because they want to modify or change their custody order or arrangement, I begin each FREE CONSULTATION with this question:  What do you want the Court to do?  This is the single most important question in a modification of custody matter.  What do you want a new or …

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Tax Bill Impacts Divorce

The GOP tax bill signed by Trump late last year changed drastically how maintenance/alimony will be handled. One way the Republican tax bill writers tried to raise revenue to compensate for the cuts was through maintenance/alimony. Under the new bill, alimony paid by one spouse to the other will not be tax deductible, and the …

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What’s Your Divorce Plan?

Considering Divorce? You Need a Divorce Plan! If you’re considering leaving your spouse, considering divorce, you need a solid divorce plan. So often people start consulting with their attorney only after the divorce process has begun and everyone is in the thick of things.  I often say to clients that they should have come to …

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