Category Archives: Child Custody

What Do I Do If My Child Refuses Visitation with Me?

Getting your child to eat vegetables they don’t like is one thing. Getting them to visit with a parent they don’t want to see is quite another. After a divorce, custody and visitation arrangements will almost always provide that the child needs to spend time with both parents on their designated days. But when that…
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What to Do If You Are Accused of Domestic Violence During Your Divorce

Domestic violence is unacceptable and a serious crime. Period. But falsely accusing your spouse of domestic violence or child abuse during a New York divorce is also unacceptable,  A false accusation can cause serious problems for the accused and the accuser. Sadly, the anger or gamesmanship that can arise during divorce or child custody proceedings…
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What is a Child Custody Evaluation in a New York Divorce?

In making child custody determinations in a New York divorce, a judge will base his or her decisions on what is in the best interests of the child. But as highly trained in the law as the judge may be, evaluating what will be best for a particular child often requires the assistance of psychologists,…
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Threats or Violence During a Divorce: What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

New York divorce proceedings, not to mention the agonizing months or years a marriage was in decline preceding the divorce, can bring out intense emotions between spouses. Anger, jealousy, blame – a whole range of negative feelings can come to dominate the relationship. For most couples, those emotions come out through insults, angry words, or…
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12 Divorce Myths Busted

If you’ve never been through a divorce before, the realities of the process will understandably be unfamiliar to you. If you are considering divorce and trying to learn about how a New York divorce works, you may get advice or supposed facts from friends, family members, your hairstylist, or someone at the gym. There’s a…
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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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Can a Step-Parent Be Ordered to Pay Child Support?

Step-parents often take on many of the responsibilities of biological parents when they become part of a family. But is one of those responsibilities the payment of child support for any step-children in the event of a divorce? In New York the answer depends on two factors: Availability of support from the non-custodial biological parent…
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