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A Better Understanding of Maintenance or Alimony

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Divorce is not an easy process and it can pose many challenges during the case. However, if you think ending your marriage would be best for you and your spouse, there are ways to make the process a little less stressful. Attorneys may advise both parties to cooperate and follow legal processes to expedite the finalization of the divorce and take a more along the successful. They may also suggest some ways to make the process more beneficial for partners. Maintenance is among the many topics discussed during a divorce. Also called 'alimony' or spousal support, maintenance is the money given...

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Dissipation of Assets or Reasonable Spending: What is Marital Waste?

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Property division during divorce is a contentious issue that couples must resolve before they part ways. The state’s statutes heavily influence the court’s decision regarding property division (be it equitable distribution or community property). Some divorcees, however, feel entitled to a larger portion of the marital funds, claiming that their soon-to-be-ex spouse’s financial mismanagement or irresponsible spending habits “wasted” their funds. Understanding the Concept of Marital Waste Marital waste refers to the intentional dissipation of assets by one spouse for their personal benefit. This occurs when one party squanders shared finances or other marital assets for designer clothing, extravagant vacations, and other lavish ventures. In...

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Moving Out & Moving On: Relocation Rights to Consider

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After a divorce, it is not surprising that either you or your ex-spouse will want to completely move out of your home and move on somewhere else right away. However, before you can start looking for a new place to live, consider that divorced parents cannot simply pack up and leave the state. If you have children, the children's best interests and the non-custodial parent's visitation rights cannot be compromised. In such cases, it is best to have a family law attorney in Long Island help you receive the court's permission to relocate outside of New York. While some instances can be resolved quickly...

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Parental Alienation: Bad-Mouthing Your Ex to Your Kids Can Have Serious Consequences

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When a marriage dissolves, it is only the relationship between the ex-spouses that ends, not the relationship between children and their parents. Unfortunately, some divorced parents hold grudges and take pains to make their ex-spouse look bad to their children. This type of behavior is called parental alienation. It often happens to couples coming off an unpleasant divorce. They are more likely to denigrate or disparage an ex-spouse with the intent of damaging the latter's relationship with the children. They might even prevent the children from seeing or communicating with their ex. Courts do not take parental alienation lightly. In fact, it...

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Irretrievable Breakdown as Grounds for Divorce: A Peaceful Way to Separate

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For decades, New York maintained conservative grounds for divorce. Up until 2010, divorcing couples had to prove in court that one party had committed adultery—the only cause the state recognized as reason enough to end a marriage outside of abuse, imprisonment, and abandonment. New York's strict divorce laws were meant to discourage non-residents from flocking to the state to take advantage of lax divorce laws (as is the case in Nevada). Unfortunately, it also resulted in New York couples colluding to commit fraud. Reports say that desperate couples would agree to fabricate stories of cheating so they could get divorced. The state's decision...

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Traditional Custody Isn’t The Only Arrangement Available to The Modern Family

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Earlier divorce cases saw a trend in parenting arrangements: the children would live with their mother and only saw their father during the weekends. Back then, barring any complications, mothers served as the primary caretakers while fathers were the occasionally present breadwinners. Times have changed, however. The "traditional" family set-up is no longer applicable to everyone as more mothers serve as the family's breadwinner (40 percent of American households have working mothers, says the Pew Research Center). Both parents are now also more actively involved in raising their children. In most cases, neither parent identifies as the children's primary caretaker. Modern parenting...

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Should You and Your Spouse Opt for Divorce Mediation?

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Divorce proceedings are taxing to all parties involved: you, your spouse, and even your children if you have any. However, many couples are not aware of an alternative form of divorce settlement called divorce mediation, which does not require divorce proceedings in court. And if you choose to proceed with divorce mediation, why not acquire the services of the Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick, P.C.? We provide experienced divorce mediation services in Long Island and are committed to helping spouses find a mutually beneficial agreement without stepping foot in court. Settle Amicably Unlike lawyers and divorces that use litigation, a divorce mediator is an objective third...

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How Getting a Divorce is Better than Staying in a Toxic Marriage

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Marriage is not easy; it takes time, constant communication, and effort. But when the inevitable happens, you have to make the difficult choice of filing for divorce. The stigma of ending something you think you can save might be heartbreaking, but ending a marriage does not have to mean the end of you. If you are stuck in a difficult marriage, The Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick P.C. might be your lifesaver. Debunking Divorce Myths While the misconception that almost half of the marriages end in divorce is not true, there is no denying the fact that divorce rates in the U.S. have steadied. According...

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When Parents Dispute, Joint Custody Becomes Detrimental For Kids

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Many studies on children’s psychological and emotional health say that children of divorced couples who agree to share custody are well-adjusted and less likely to suffer from depression, poor academic performance, and other indicators of psychological and emotional struggle. The results contradict the argument commonly used in courts: that joint custody pulls kids into a “suitcase lifestyle,” depriving them of the stability they need. As a divorce lawyer in Long Island, the Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick understands the nuances of this arrangement and one important exception. A Continuous and Positive Relationship with Both Parents Matter It’s easy to see why many...

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Exercise Social Media Tact When Going Through a Divorce

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The rise of the internet, wireless networks, and smartphones have given way to a hyper-connected world where events big or small can spread throughout the globe in a matter of minutes. This unprecedented access to information sharing, especially on social media has publicized our lives – maybe a little more than some of us would like. In this case, personal matters like divorce can also fall under public scrutiny. Social media, in some instances, plays a significant role in divorce cases: sometimes being the root cause itself of divorce, other times serving as evidence that plays into the case. Divorce proceedings...

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