With the onslaught of alternatives to litigation, clients often come in with agreements that they have reached through alternative processes, such as mediation. Unfortunately, in New York State mediation is an unlicensed vocation, and anyone can hang up her shingle and call herself a mediator. There are mediators that have training from intense seminars and […]

Uncovering Divorce Financial Secrets

We have received a lot of positive feedback about our columns in Our Towne. Many readers have told us that the issues discussed and the advice given has been eye-opening. The inspiration for the articles comes from our experiences representing people from all socio-economic backgrounds and education levels. However, the inspiration for this article came […]

Same As He Ever Was

Mary and John met shortly after John divorced his first wife (Cathy). While they were dating, John shared with Mary details about his divorce from Cathy. John was bitter about the breakup of his marriage and in his mind Cathy was the cause for the divorce. After all, Cathy was the one that wanted the […]

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Obligations Beyond Basic Child Support

If you’ve been following our articles, you will know that several of those articles have discussed the payment of child support as determined by the New York State Child Support Standards Act (“CSSA”). In this article, we will examine what other statutory obligations parents have to their children that go beyond the payment of basic […]

Why Settle on the Courthouse Steps?

I am often asked “if 95% of divorce cases are resolved with a settlement, why does it take so long to get there?” There are many good reasons that delay the process: the need to obtain financial information; custody issues; and obtaining appraisals and reports. All of these items may be necessary in order to […]

Lose for Winning

The New Year is a time to reflect on the year gone by. For me, the New Year is a time to reflect on the many cases and clients that we have had throughout the year at our office. Every case is different, and with each one there is a new lesson to learn or […]

What Happens If You Don’t Pay Child Support?

A local man made the news recently when he was picked up on a warrant due to outstanding child support owed of over $90,000.00! Child support is an obligation that a parent has to his or her child to provide for that child’s needs- food, clothing, shelter. Child support Orders can be issued either from […]