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Category Archives: Family Law

Adoption Agency Accused of Hiding Child’s Medical Conditions

The adoption process is often long and complicated, with bumps along the way. This can be especially true when relying on an agency to adopt a child. While adoption agencies are supposed to be honest and helpful, working to make lives better for parents and children, this isn’t always the reality, as one couple recently… Read More »

Issues of Child Custody and Domestic Violence

If there is any domestic violence present in your home, it will add some key issues to take into account when filing for a divorce and developing child custody arrangements. The following are a few issues to keep in mind while you work to safely transition you and your children into your new life: Keep… Read More »

A Quick Overview of the Divorce Process

Are you wondering what to expect out of your upcoming divorce? Here’s a general step-by-step overview of how the process works: Filing the petition. The first step in any divorce is filing a divorce petition. Only one of the spouses actually needs to file the petition in court. Temporary orders. Depending on your circumstances, you… Read More »

Will an Ongoing Lawsuit Help Solve New York’s Foster Care Problem?

Earlier this summer, the Office of the New York City Public Advocate and 10 different children in foster care centers filed a class-action lawsuit against the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the OCFS’s acting commissioner. It’s the latest effort from public… Read More »

Methods of Enforcing Your Visitation Rights

In most child custody arrangements, one parent is typically granted primary custody of the children while the other has visitation rights or limited custody. However, it’s not out of the ordinary for the custodial parent to abuse the visitation rights of the other parent. They might refuse to allow their children to spend time with… Read More »

The Different Types of Adoptions

If you are looking into adoption, you have several different options depending on your current situation.  Here are some of the various types of adoptions that you may consider:  Adoptions through agencies. Agency adoptions involve placing a child with their adoptive parents through a public agency or a state-licensed private agency. Independent adoption. No agencies… Read More »

What Legal Requirements Must Be Fulfilled Before a Divorce?

Before a couple is able to file a divorce action in court and actually go through the divorce process, there are certain legal requirements that they must fulfill. These requirements include:  Residency. A spouse that chooses to file for a divorce must have resided within the state they are filing for a certain period of… Read More »

Religion and Your Child Custody Arrangement

It’s somewhat common for one parent to change religions after going through a divorce. However, there are legal implications involving child custody and changing religion that must be considered. Religion is actually one of several considerations that courts will take into account when determining custody arrangements, alongside health care, residence, recreation and education.  First, courts… Read More »

When Can You Modify a Child Support Agreement?

Whether you are paying or receiving child support, you may reach a point in the arrangement where you feel like it needs to be modified to reflect your current life situation. But when are the best times to attempt to modify your arrangement, and how do you go about doing so?  Situations that may call… Read More »

Does Your Same-Sex Marriage Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

In a column last year after the landmark Supreme Court ruling striking down the prohibition of federal recognition of same-sex marriages, a Forbes writer drew an analogy between the coming wave of same-sex marriages and the significant uptick in marriages after World War II. Although noting that the numbers could potentially be similar, he observed… Read More »