The Divorce Report

Tips To Make Holiday Visitation Less Stressful

For divorced parents in New York, December may be a bittersweet time.  While Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Years are all joyful, they are also holidays that parents traditionally celebrate with their children and extended families.   It is likely, that your parenting plan and visitation schedule will allow your spouse to be with the children…
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Film Provides Fodder for Paternity Discussion with Manhattan Backdrop

Determining who a child’s father is hard on everyone involved. It’s not exactly a leading storyline for the silver screen. But a recent movie called “Don’t Worry Baby” provides a framework for discussion of the important issue of child paternity. The story takes place in Manhattan. A fashion designer mother who had taken a hiatus…
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Same-Sex Custody in New York: Non-Biological Mom Can Seek Custody

Just as the definition of marriage has evolved in New York to include same-sex couples, so has the definition of family.   It is now common for a married same-sex couple to have children and, like heterosexual couples, when the relationship sours, custody battles ensue. Until recently, the existing law in New York was that a…
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Avoiding Insurance Revenge While Your Divorce Is Pending

Insurance revenge? Did you even know that such a thing existed? In a divorce, emotions run high. Too often, spouses do things to hurt one another. One of the best-known examples is draining a bank account. However, spouses can exploit their close relationship to hurt each other in insurance matters. When they do, this insurance…
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Who Can Claim a Child as a Dependent after a Divorce?

The year your divorce is final, there are fundamental changes to your federal taxes. For instance, your filing status—married or single—is determined as of the last day of the tax year. Another significant change involves who may claim a child as a dependent. When a couple is married, it is usually more favorable to file…
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Telling Your Friends and Family You’re Getting Divorced

Divorce is a significant, life-changing event. Even those who affirmatively make the decision often have mixed feelings. The thought of announcing the news to friends, family, and even strangers can evoke feelings of anxiety. It is hard to know how to respond to someone who tells you they are getting a divorce. Do you congratulate…
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