Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Polls are open 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. Early voting is also available October 24,2020 – November 1, 2020. You can also vote by absentee ballot. Requests need to be submitted by October 27th online, by email, fax or postmarked; November 2nd for in person application. Absentee ballots must…

Whether you and your child’s parent have been apart for a month or 10 years, there are issues that continually rear their ugly heads, fighting over time, presents, Santa, etc. To help you manage and thrive for the holidays: 1. Plan Ahead- December 23rd is not the time to start planning Christmas. If you do…

Often in divorce cases the retirement assets are the most financially significant ones, and cause a great deal of negotiations and back and forth as the Participant (the one who is receiving the benefit) does not want to distribute a portion to the other spouse (Alternate Payee), and tries to hold on like the captain…

Maybe you have heard that New York’s Chief Judge wants to take the labyrinth that is the New York court system and streamline it so that people can go through it without feeling like they are in a maze? Our courts have tremendous overlap, and I can have cases where the family is easily dealing…

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is an insidious problem that has proven to be incredibly difficult to solve. Domestic violence does not discriminate. There are victims of domestic violence across every age group, race, and gender. It is estimated that 25% of women in the United States has experienced domestic violence…

When you look around at your friends and co-workers, how many people grew up in the Capital District, and how many have moved here from somewhere else? How many people meet romantic interests on-line who live in a different part of the country (or world!)? While we live in a mobile and transient society, this…

When we reach TV or movies, custody seems to always be determined by who is “unfit”. In real life, custody is not so black and white. In New York, the standard to determine custody is what is in the “best interests” of the child. “In conducting a best interests analysis, courts must consider a variety…

We have written about the types of cases Family Court hears as well as the significant Orders it can issue. This article will discuss some of the powers vested in the Family Court (FC) Judge. Juvenile Delinquents/Persons in Need of Supervision- A juvenile delinquent is a person under 18 years of age who has committed…

In our February 2019 issue, we examined the types of matters that Family Court has exclusive jurisdiction over (i.e. the types of cases that can only be heard in Family Court). As you may recall, Family Court has the power to hear many kinds of cases that go to the core the relationships between adults…

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