Note: This article is the second part of a series. To read Part One, click here. Families come in many shapes and sizes today, and the law has not kept up with medicine or social values that have created them. Until now. You may be raising the child of your spouse or partner, caring for…

The most prophetic things any judge ever said to me about custody was “do you hate the other person more than you love your child? If so, you will do anything that hurts him/her.”  Consider: are your negative feelings towards the other parent greater than your love for your child? Many people come into my…

Wedding season is upon us.  So instead of discussing issues that arise when there is marital discord, I thought I would take a moment to talk about issues that should be considered before you get married. Marriage is a social and financial contract for which the law provides certain benefits and burdens.  Before you make…

Mediation. Many of you have heard of it. Some of you may have experienced it. In this article, I will discuss what mediation is, what it is not, and the positives and negatives of mediation in the context of a matrimonial or family law matter. What is mediation? Mediation is an alternative method to resolving…

I have had men in my office from ages 18 to 80 crying crocodile tears over their shock and displeasure of finding out that they will be a father. As this is a family publication, I will not go through the obvious ways to insure that fatherhood does not occur. If you are on either…

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 recent months, I have had consultations with several clients who told me that they were seeking equal physical custody of the children.  While the well-being of the children is often the motivation behind the client’s desire for equal physical custody, sometimes the client tells me upfront that she wants equal custody of the children…

When I meet with a client for the first time, a primary concern of the client is how assets will be distributed in a divorce.  It is not uncommon for the client to come in with the assumption that all assets will be equally divided.  It is at this point that I have to inform…

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