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The Benefits of Mediation and the Type of Couples Best Suited for It

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Taking a divorce to the courtroom is stressful, complicated, and time-consuming for all parties. However, going the litigation route may not be required in some cases. Research shows that only around 5% of divorces go to trial. Many couples are now using a mediator to reach a mutually acceptable settlement. The Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick, a legal provider of divorce mediation services in Long Island, discusses the benefits of this court alternative and the types of couples best suited for it. How Does Mediation Work in Divorce? Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) used in the New York...

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Identifying Child Neglect and What to Do If You Come Across It

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 Child abuse is a heinous crime because it inflicts physical, emotional, and mental harm to a child. It is considered a serious crime in every state because children are unable to defend themselves against any kind of abuse from those with power over them. The other end of the spectrum, negligence, is just as bad. It can be just as harmful to children as abuse. The American Society for the Proactive Care of Children (ASPCC) estimates that 1,840 children died from abuse and neglect in 2019. They also reveal that 72.9 percent of child abuse fatalities experienced neglect by one or...

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How Is Child Support Calculated in New York?

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A crucial part of divorce is how the child will be cared for financially. According to the latest data in the U.S. Census Bureau's Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2015 report which was re-released in February 2020, only 43.5% of all custodial parents reported receiving the full amount of child support they were due.  Additionally, only 39.2% of the 1.6 million custodial parents with incomes below the poverty level received full child support payments in 2015.  Many single-parent families rely on child support payments to cover the costs of daily necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. A child support order must also...

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Five Signs of a High-conflict Divorce to Watch Out For

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A divorce can bring out the worst in people. When emotions run high and anger becomes the driver of actions and responses, it becomes difficult to reason with one another and agree on almost anything. It's important to become aware if yours is shaping up to be a high-conflict divorce so that you and your divorce attorney can prepare for the challenges ahead. Studies show that 15 to 30 percent of divorces are high-conflict. Look out for these behaviors in your ex-spouse to find out if yours is one: Argumentativeness - If your ex talks too much and has a counterargument for every single...

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The Positive Side of Divorce

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A divorce will always be consequential. Whatever the circumstances that led to the separation, however positive or negative the emotions involved, a divorce will always mean huge changes, especially when children are involved. But since divorces are often only considered as a last resort, it would be better to view them from a more optimistic perspective. There are actually numerous, often underrated, advantages to getting a divorce, even for children. This article will detail a few of the most impactful ones. Better for Health For many, a divorce is often the logical conclusion after an unhappy marriage. This relationship may have involved numerous...

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Factors Affecting Spousal Maintenance

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If you're going through a divorce and the court discovers that you were financially dependent on your spouse throughout the marriage, you may be eligible to receive spousal maintenance. What is spousal maintenance? These are payments made by the higher income-earning spouse to the lesser income-earning spouse. The judge can order temporary maintenance to start while the case is still pending in court and continue for a specific period after the divorce is finalized.  The court will also decide who pays and how much. In some cases, the decision to receive spousal maintenance may be based on an agreement between the couple. How...

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High-Conflict Divorce: Steps You Can Take Amid the Pandemic

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When states announced stay-at-home orders to slow the coronavirus spread, many predicted that the lockdown would cause a surge in divorce rates. Common stressors brought by quarantine including loss of income, changed work schedules, boredom, homeschooling children, lack of escape from each other, and conflicts over kids and household responsibilities, can bring high levels of conflict and increase tension between couples already facing marital strife. With couples stuck in the house 24 hours a day, it may be harder to sweep aside serious underlying conflicts such as infidelity, money problems, incompatibility, and even domestic violence. Spouses can no longer use work, external...

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Requirements for a Divorce in New York if You’re Married Abroad

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New York is one of the states in the US that allows couples to file for divorce if they were married abroad. Not just anyone can get divorced in the Big Apple, however. Only couples who meet the residency requirement and can establish grounds can file a divorce petition. As long as you have been married for six months you will able to use the no fault ground. Requirements for Divorce in Long Island Couples who married abroad, regardless of their nationality or immigration status, can file for divorce in Long Island, New York if they meet these conditions: Residency One or both parties...

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The Possibilities of Divorce Mediation via Teleconferencing and Video Calls

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It’s been five months since New York State had its first positive case of coronavirus. In an effort to combat the virus, the state government encourages New Yorkers to continue practicing physical distancing. The prolonged global health crisis pushed all sectors to be more digital, including the legal sector. At The Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick, P.C., we’ve embraced this new frontier that puts teleconferencing and video calls at the heart of our services. In turn, divorce mediation becomes safer and easier for you. Resolving Divorce Concerns as Quickly as Possible The coronavirus situation may have put life on hold for a...

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What to Do When an Ex Stops Paying Child Support

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In Long Island and the rest of the United States, children are entitled by law to get financial support, regardless of whether the parents are married, divorced, legally separated, or were never married.  This is very clear and known to many, but at times, a non-custodial parent misses a child support payment or stops paying entirely. If you're the custodial parent, what should you do to make sure your children get child support payments from your ex-spouse or partner? Child Support vs Child Access Before we address the question of child support, you need to be clear on one thing: child support and child...

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