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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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Tax Changes Impact Your Divorce

TAX CHANGES IMPACT YOUR DIVORCE There are a lot of moving parts to representing you during your divorce and the tax changes make it even more challenging. Now add the Recovery Rebate Credits (RRC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), Child and Dependent Care Credit (CDCC) and things get even more complicated. First and foremost, your attorney …

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Beware: Collection New Tax Credit is NOT for everyone!

If you’re divorced and taking turns claiming the credit collecting the credit may not be a good idea. An example is: if Mom and Dad are divorced and have one child. If Dad claimed the child on his 2020 tax return, he would have automatically begun getting the monthly payments on July 15. But Dad …

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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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Custody During Covid-19

The laws related to divorce and child custody have not changed in the unusual circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak. This means that a parent cannot unilaterally modify a child custody or parenting time agreement without going to court. If this is not an option in their area due to court closures, pauses or other limited …

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Conference with Clients in age of Covid

In the age of Covid, for all my current clients and those considering obtaining my services in the future, please note the following: Prior to your arrival the area you will be in will be sanitized with Lysol spray, fresh air shall be circulated into the space (yes, even if 90 degrees), folder will be …

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PHASE 2 TIME TO PLAN–DIVORCE AND FAMILY COURT OPEN

Effective June 3rd under Phase 2, essential matters will be heard in person for Family Court.  In addition, non-essential matters will continue to be heard virtually and attorneys can make a request to the assigned Judge to deviate from the Phase 2 Plan. What does this mean for you? It means your life can stop …

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COURTS ARE OPEN!!!

You may have already heard that the Court system is beginning to “re-open” for new business starting very soon.  The legal process is a slow even under normal circumstances and this State of Emergency still has a learning curve to it, however, your children, your safety and your ability to live your lives rely on …

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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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