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…

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…

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…

The job of a lawyer is to advise her client as to his options. While the lawyer must advise as to the pros and cons of each option, ultimately, it is for the client to decide for him or herself as to what s/he wants to do, and what the consequences will be. In making…

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…

In a divorce case, the marital home is often a significant asset, as well as a strongly emotional issue. In determining what to do with the marital home, there are three basic choices. It can be: sold; one party can purchase the other’s interest; or one party can have “exclusive use” for a period of…

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…

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…

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…

As the Capital District encompasses the seat of state government, many in our community are employed by government entities. Government employees often participate in employer-sponsored retirement plans, such as pensions, deferred compensation plans, etc. A retirement asset is often the single most valuable asset that a person owns (other than real property). To the extent…

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