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Can I request custody of a child if I am not the parent?

You are not the parent of the children you take an active role in helping to raise, but you love them very much. Recent circumstances have made it necessary to question who the children’s primary custodial guardian should be. If you are not the biological parent, do you have a right to petition the court for custody? When this is a concern, it helps to understand how family law courts in New York address the matter.

3 ways to make divorce immensely easier on the kids

Divorce is one of the most stressful things a person can go through. The reason for this is that a breakup of any kind leads to a disruption in a person's normal activities. The status quo is no longer there, and it is important for spouses to understand that they will get through this time all right. 

What happens to your pension in a New York divorce?

Getting a divorce is a difficult process on both an emotional and a practical level. There are so many things to consider that it can often happen that some detail gets overlooked. Financial assets are of primary importance, and the division of your assets will affect your future for the long-term.

What causes divorces to drag on?

Ending a marriage is a painful and stressful proposition, made all the more difficult because of uncertainties. Many couples are reluctant to pursue a divorce because they fear it will drag on forever. Fortunately, many couples are able to finalize the proceedings within a few months.

How are gifts treated during a divorce?

Divorce rates continue to decline. An article in the New York Times reports that for the last several decades, divorces are decreasing throughout the United States. However, a decline does not mean there are not people in New York who will not have to deal with this complicated legal process. 

How to talk to a spouse about a postnuptial agreement

Prenuptial agreements have grown in popularity in recent years. CNBC even reports that the number of prenups in America has increased five times in the last 20 years. There are various explanations for this, including the fact that more people are aware of their finances and the risks in place for a divorce. 

The evolution of the definition of parenthood in New York

Although it may seem counterintuitive, the definition of a parent varies from state to state. A recent New York Supreme Court ruling has moved in a direction that many hope courts across the country will imitate. The new legal precedent gives rights that were not available before to non-biological parents.

Understanding insurance and divorce

While you are splitting your home, assets, time with your children and even your friends, one thing that is often forgotten is the necessity of changing insurance plans during the divorce. From auto insurance to life insurance plans, divorced couples must make several changes when the marriage ends.

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