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Understanding how NY courts divide retirement accounts in divorce

Planning for retirement is, in many ways, a guessing game. You save a portion of your income to offset future expenses. You have no way of knowing how inflation will impact the buying power of your retirement funds or what expenses could increase substantially in the future. Still, you estimate your needs based on your current income and standard of living and try to plan ahead for your later years.

Do New York domestic violence protections extend to ex-spouses?

New York residents often change relationships over the course of their lives. Whether they date several people before they marry, spend their lives in unmarried partnerships or enter into subsequent marriages after ending prior unions, many people do not spend their lives with the first people they form intimate relationships with.

Can psychology predict the likelihood of a couple's divorce?

When it comes to relationships there is no magical crystal ball that individuals in New York may look into to see if they are destined for happiness or for bitter ends. However, an American psychology professor has reviewed significant research on divorce and has suggested that the presence of certain factors in a person's life may make it more likely to predict that their marriages will end in divorce. New Yorkers who read this blog are encouraged to review the contents of this post, though as every divorce is personal its contents do not imply that any one person may be in a doomed marriage.

What does it mean to have legal custody of a child in New York?

In New York, there are two different types of child custody that must be settled when parents separate or divorce. The first is physical custody. Physical custody covers where a child actually lives and with which parent they spend their time. It is possible for a court to assign both parents physical custody of their child in a joint custody plan, but this type of determination will only happen if it serves the best interests of the child.

Know the possible outcomes of a New York child custody dispute

After the divorce or separation of parents in New York, it is imperative that the children of the failed relationship are looked after and provided with as much support as possible. To this end the courts of the state seek to preserve the children's best interests when they make decisions regarding their custody. A number of factors are considered when courts decide how the custody of children should be managed, and their decisions may result in a variety of different child custody outcomes.

Anti-vaccination beliefs vs. a child's best interests

When planning for divorce, many people expect their interactions with their ex-spouse to become easier. Once you no longer cohabitate, the differences will be minimized. While divorce can reduce that stress on a personal level, parents still need to work together for the best interests of their children. Sometimes determining what, exactly, best interests means is a challenge.

Can unmarried fathers in New York seek child custody?

When children are born to married couples there is usually no question regarding the parentage of the newborns. However, many New Yorkers choose to start families before they marry or when they are in relationships that may never be formalized through marriage. When a child is born to an unmarried couple the filial relationship between the mother and child is clear. If the father and mother are no longer in a relationship or if the mother is unsure of the child's father, though, issues regarding paternity may arise.

Issues surrounding co-parenting and religious differences

Divorce in New York City is certainly different in many ways from divorce in other parts of the country. Our city provides a way of life that many who live in less metropolitan areas never have to consider. Of course, for as many advantages as the city has to offer, there are also many additional concerns.

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