Category Archives: Agreements

Can You Change Your Child’s Last Name After Divorce?

It is not uncommon for a spouse who took the other spouse’s surname during marriage to want to revert to their maiden name after a divorce. This is a personal decision and one that typically cannot be prevented simply because the other spouse objects. But what about a child’s surname? If a custodial parent who…
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Filing Tax Returns During Divorce: Joint or Separate?

Tax season is here. You’re looking backwards over the past year trying to figure out how much you owe the government and how to take advantage of as many deductions as possible. If you’re in the process of deducting your spouse from your life, it can raise a lot of questions that can complicate your…
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Special Concerns for Divorces Involving Kids with Special Needs

Divorce is hard for almost all children. It can be traumatic and confusing in even the best of circumstances. But for children with special needs, divorce can be even more difficult. And for the parents of special needs children, divorce requires strategizing to make sure that arrangements are made to adequately address the children’s ongoing…
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6 Key Elements of a New York Parenting Plan

When childless couples divorce, they have a luxury that divorcing parents don’t have: they don’t have to deal with each other ever again. But parents who wish to play meaningful roles in their children’s lives have to continue interacting on a regular basis. If you do not have a well-crafted parenting plan, these interactions can…
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Agreement Not to Use Frozen Embryos After Divorce Once Again Enforced

If you entered into an agreement with a former spouse as to what will happen after a divorce to any embryos conceived through in vitro fertilization, be prepared to abide by the contract’s terms. Much as New York’s highest court did almost two decades ago, a California judge recently denied a divorced woman’s request to…
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Providing for Grandparents in Visitation Arrangements

Over the hills and through the woods may be the poetic way to get to grandma’s house, but when one or both of a grandchild’s divorced parents don’t want their child to pay her a visit, is she out of luck? Not necessarily. The ripple effects of a divorce hit more than just parents and…
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