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    • Terrence Howard seeks modification to divorce agreement

      New York residents who may be contemplating divorce might be interested in Terrence Howard's current situation. The Oscar-nominated actor says he is unable to pay alimony to his second wife. He is ...

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    • Some feel New York surrogate laws are outdated

      There are some who would argue that New York laws as regard surrogacy have not kept up with existing technology. New York laws currently do not allow for contracts between individuals contemplating ...

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    • What Do I Do If My Child Is Not Returned Pursuant To A Custody/Visitation Order From The Other Parent?

      If you have a valid custody and visitation order and the other parent does not return a child immediately go to a lawyer or directly to the court to file a petition. These orders are enforceable under ...

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    • Guardianship v Child Custody Petition

      I am often asked whether a child guardianship or custody petition is appropriate for a non-parent to obtain physical "custody" of a child. Many attorneys assume that this must be a guardianship ...

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    • When Can You Record Another Person in New York State?

      I am often asked whether or not one can record another person. This issue comes up most often during custody issues when allegations are contradictory as to what is being said between parents. The ...

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    • When Can You Record Another Person in New York State?

      I am often asked whether or not one can record another person. This issue comes up most often during custody issues when allegations are contradictory as to what is being said between parents. The ...

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    • The Dangers of Parental Alienation

      Parental Alienation is a newer concept for the courts. While many people claim alienation is taking place by one parent against the other, many times this is not the case. When alienation is really ...

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    • Medical technology may change the face of child custody disputes

      One celebrity story may actually have relevance as far as family law cases are concerned. Jason Patric apparently fathered a child by being the sperm donor for another woman. After the child was born ...

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    • Tip of the Week

      Once a child support order has been entered against an individual the services of the Child Support Collection Unit may help to collect the amounts due. This is sometimes done when the ordered sum is ...

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    • Child Support and Emancipation of a Child

      Child Support Payors often assume that when their child reaches the age of emancipation they can simply cease paying child support . Child support magistrates tend to take a much different approach to ...

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    • College Education for your children and your Divorce

      When people get divorced who have children they almost always address the issue of child support. However, an overlooked area is the issue of your child's college education and how that will be paid. ...

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    • Child support payments can bring families out of poverty

      We are increasingly seeing matters where back child support is owed by an individual living in another country. It's often been extremely difficult for individuals to collect this child support due to ...

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    • Are you struggling to enforce a child support order in New York?

      Here in New York, child support laws require parents to support their children financially whether or not they have custody, and regardless of whether children were born in wedlock. Child support is ...

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    • What Happens If I Don't Respond To A Discovery Demand?

      If you fail to answer a discovery demand you could be precluded from entering evidence, witnesses or testimony at the time of trial. Always respond and always keep your discovery response as up to ...

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    • What Is Discovery?

      As an attorney I am often asked "what is discovery?" This is the legal method of exchanging paperwork and documentation that will be admitted into evidence at the time of trial so no one is unfairly ...

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    • Should I Talk to Police If I Get Arrested?

      Most people who are arrested find a profound need to speak to police officers. These people cannot be more wrong. Police are not your friend if you are being arrested and nothing you say to them is ...

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    • The Dangers of Parental Alienation

      Parental Alienation is a newer concept for the courts. While many people claim alienation is taking place by one parent against the other, many times this is not the case. When alienation is really ...

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    • Relocation of Children

      Many people come to my office to discuss relocating with their child out of state and away from the child's non-custodial parent. While this can be difficult it is not impossible to do. The law ...

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    • Child support payments can bring families out of poverty

      We are increasingly seeing matters where back child support is owed by an individual living in another country. It's often been extremely difficult for individuals to collect this child support due to ...

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    • The Dangers of Parental Alienation

      Parental Alienation is a newer concept for the courts. While many people claim alienation is taking place by one parent against the other, many times this is not the case. When alienation is really ...

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    • Relocation of Children

      Many people come to my office to discuss relocating with their child out of state and away from the child's non-custodial parent. While this can be difficult it is not impossible to do. The law ...

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    • Some feel New York surrogate laws are outdated

      There are some who would argue that New York laws as regard surrogacy have not kept up with existing technology. New York laws currently do not allow for contracts between individuals contemplating ...

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    • The Dangers of Parental Alienation

      Parental Alienation is a newer concept for the courts. While many people claim alienation is taking place by one parent against the other, many times this is not the case. When alienation is really ...

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    • Some feel New York surrogate laws are outdated

      There are some who would argue that New York laws as regard surrogacy have not kept up with existing technology. New York laws currently do not allow for contracts between individuals contemplating ...

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    • Case highlights New York law as pertains to shared property

      A Manhattan judge has ruled that the assets of the parties are frozen when a divorce action is filed. This came about when a New York man attempted to sue his mother-in-law in an out-of-state action ...

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    • When Can You Record Another Person in New York State?

      I am often asked whether or not one can record another person. This issue comes up most often during custody issues when allegations are contradictory as to what is being said between parents. The ...

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    • Equitable Distribution and the Separate Marital Residence

      Generally speaking a marital residence that is the separate property of one party to the marriage is not subject to equitable distribution without a showing that it has been transformed or transmuted ...

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    • What Is An Uncontested Divorce?

      Each week I received a number of phone calls whereby people state that they wish to obtain an uncontested divorce. However, many people are confused as to what an uncontested divorce is. The simple ...

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    • What is a DWAI?

      Most people know that a DWI results if their blood alcohol level is a .08 and above. However, what most people do not know is that a lesser offense to a DWI is a DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired). ...

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    • Local traffic stops lead to arrests in Duchess County

      According to local authorities in Duchess County, New York, 15 drivers were arrested over St. Patrick’s Day week. All of the arrests involved impaired driving charges. However, there was variety ...

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    • New York man accused of drunk driving

      A man is in custody following a minor car accident in the early morning of Feb. 15, local sources have reported. The central New York man was arrested by police after allegedly rear-ending a stopped ...

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    • What Happens If I Don't Respond To A Discovery Demand?

      If you fail to answer a discovery demand you could be precluded from entering evidence, witnesses or testimony at the time of trial. Always respond and always keep your discovery response as up to ...

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    • What Is Discovery?

      As an attorney I am often asked "what is discovery?" This is the legal method of exchanging paperwork and documentation that will be admitted into evidence at the time of trial so no one is unfairly ...

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    • Tip of the Week

      Always abide by a Family Court order of protection, as they are just as enforceable as criminal orders of protection. This means that violations of Orders of Protections in Family Court are punishable ...

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    • College Education for your children and your Divorce

      When people get divorced who have children they almost always address the issue of child support. However, an overlooked area is the issue of your child's college education and how that will be paid. ...

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    • Billions in child support remain unpaid on national level

      Certain commentators' feel that changes to the 1996 federal welfare laws has resulted in many single mothers being placed in an untenable situation. One study conducted by a pair of individuals at the ...

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    • Many parents not receiving child support payments owed

      Sadly, there is a significant difference between what parents are ordered to pay in child support and what money is actually received by the custodial parent. Congressional research data revealed that ...

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    • Equitable Distribution and the Separate Marital Residence

      Generally speaking a marital residence that is the separate property of one party to the marriage is not subject to equitable distribution without a showing that it has been transformed or transmuted ...

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    • Choosing a legal separation over a divorce

      If you’re a high-asset couple then your biggest concern probably revolves around what you and your spouse will do if your marriage ever begins to dissolve. Often times, high-earning spouses never ...

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    • Choosing a legal separation over a divorce

      If you’re a high-asset couple then your biggest concern probably revolves around what you and your spouse will do if your marriage ever begins to dissolve. Often times, high-earning spouses never ...

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    • How Do I Choose The Right Attorney?

      I am often asked if I am the “right attorney” for a case. There are so many attorneys available and most people don’t know who to call unless they have called based upon a referral. It is always hard ...

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    • Tip of the Week

      Always treat a Judge and Court personnel with the utmost respect, as it will help you get your goals accomplished more easily. Your attorney always will know when and how hard to push an issue with a ...

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    • Tip of the Week

      If you have court during the winter always plan ahead for parking and arrive early. Snowstorms often cause piles of snow and limit the amount of parking available at various courthouses. The earlier ...

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    • New York drivers: Do you know when to move over?

      At any given time when people are behind the wheel, they are likely focusing on many different aspects of driving. They are staying under the speed limit, watching out for other drivers and making ...

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    • New York man arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

      A man from New York was arrested in a neighboring state last weekend after being pulled over for alleged traffic violations. When someone is pulled over, police will often question them about why they ...

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    • Can an anonymous 911 call lead to a traffic violation?

      People sometimes make mistakes while driving. No driver is perfect, and sometimes other drivers might presume a small mistake while moving down a highway means a driver is drunk or being reckless. Two ...

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    • What is a PINS petition and how are they handled in family court?

      Ask any parent in the state of New York and they will tell you that being a parent is no easy task. Most parents encounter the usual amount of disobedience from their children with situations such as ...

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    • Former Dodgers owner caught in divorce fees fight

      When Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, divorced his wife Jamie in 2012, Jamie received $131 million tax-free as part of the divorce settlement. New York readers may remember that ...

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    • Equitable Distribution and the Separate Marital Residence

      Generally speaking a marital residence that is the separate property of one party to the marriage is not subject to equitable distribution without a showing that it has been transformed or transmuted ...

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    • Equitable Distribution and the Engagement Ring

      I am often asked what happens to an Engagement Ring when an engagement is terminated. The answer to this question has been well litigated. As such, the law is very clear on this matter. When an ...

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    • Negotiating property division in New York

      Many divorced couples in New York understand how problematic property division can be if not managed properly. Often times, people are still held liable by creditors if their name is still attached to ...

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    • Courteous driving may help in avoiding traffic citations

      Under New York law, an officer can issue a reckless driving summons under certain circumstances, such as when there is reasonable cause to suspect that a driver has endangered others on a public ...

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    • New York reckless driving: Cop hurt in hit and run ATV accident

      Drivers committing traffic violations are not uncommon in New York, where officials issue citations on a daily basis. Drivers who have received traffic citations may have experienced the far-reaching ...

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    • Can an anonymous 911 call lead to a traffic violation?

      People sometimes make mistakes while driving. No driver is perfect, and sometimes other drivers might presume a small mistake while moving down a highway means a driver is drunk or being reckless. Two ...

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    • Caught Speeding? What To Do Next

      For the most part individuals have very little police contact. One of the exceptions to this is a vehicle and traffic stop. Most people know the frustration of being pulled over for a vehicle and ...

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    • Local traffic stops lead to arrests in Duchess County

      According to local authorities in Duchess County, New York, 15 drivers were arrested over St. Patrick’s Day week. All of the arrests involved impaired driving charges. However, there was variety ...

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    • New York City uses new camera program to issue speeding tickets

      In New York, residents may want to watch their speed even when a cop isn't in sight, as cameras have been posted in six different discreet locations. This is a test run that the city's Department of ...

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    • Terrence Howard seeks modification to divorce agreement

      New York residents who may be contemplating divorce might be interested in Terrence Howard's current situation. The Oscar-nominated actor says he is unable to pay alimony to his second wife. He is ...

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    • Eliot Spitzer, Silda Wall end marriage with uncontested divorce

      Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall, have filed divorce papers. The two reportedly settled all of their divorce matters outside of court in the uncontested divorce . The ...

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    • Failing to buckle up may result in a traffic citation add-on

      Drivers may know that New York law requires them to wear a seat belt, but is that really grounds for a traffic citation? Although Poughkeepsie readers may be tempted to answer in the negative, an ...

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    • Some advice: Cooperate if stopped for a traffic violation

      Although no one likes getting a ticket or citation for a traffic offense, today’s story provides an example of what not to do during a traffic stop. According to the arrest report, local New York City ...

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    • Local traffic stops lead to arrests in Duchess County

      According to local authorities in Duchess County, New York, 15 drivers were arrested over St. Patrick’s Day week. All of the arrests involved impaired driving charges. However, there was variety ...

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    • Lost Your License Due To Not Responding To a Traffic Ticket?

      When one fails to appear in court for a vehicle and traffic ticket the Court and the Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend that individual’s license. When that occurs if an individual continues ...

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    • Factors that may elevate a traffic violation into a felony

      A news story about a traffic stop typically calls to mind images of speeding motorists, with the most serious result being a speeding citation. However, two recent local traffic stops did not fare so ...

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    • Traffic violation leads to repeat offender felony charge

      When it comes to a traffic violation, most people think of running a red light or some other minor violation. For one local man, however, a routine traffic stop turned into a class D felony. According ...

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    • What Do I Do If My Child Is Not Returned Pursuant To A Custody/Visitation Order From The Other Parent?

      If you have a valid custody and visitation order and the other parent does not return a child immediately go to a lawyer or directly to the court to file a petition. These orders are enforceable under ...

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    • Can An Incarcerated Parent Have Visitation?

      Incarcerated parents can apply to the courts for visitation with their children. The courts will make a decision based on the best interests of the children. Some of the best interests factors that ...

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    • The Dangers of Parental Alienation

      Parental Alienation is a newer concept for the courts. While many people claim alienation is taking place by one parent against the other, many times this is not the case. When alienation is really ...

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