Spousal Support (Maintenance) in New York Spousal Support in New York is called maintenance. Many years ago it was referred to as “alimony”. Today maintenance is generally determined by a formula that compares the income of the spouses, with the higher income spouse paying maintenance to the lower income spouse. There are basically two formulas in New York for maintenance. The lower formula is used when child support is also being paid by the higher income spouse to the lower income [...]


Child Custody Cases - Legal & Physical Custody By Our Binghamton Family & Custody Lawyers Full Custody?  Sole custody? Sole-full custody? Full-sole custody?  Just, custody?  I have seen just about every variation of ‘custody’ imaginable on family court petitions.  Lawyers oftentimes take for granted what these terms mean, but for others, the terms have different meanings.  What exactly do people mean when they say they want ‘full [...]


The Pitfalls and Perils of Pro Se Representation By Jared R. Mack “He who represents himself has a fool for a client” is a quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln. However, the true origins of the proverb are unknown.  Although the author of the quote may be uncertain, the sentiment has never been more relevant.  The modern judicial system is a chaotic commingling of statutes, regulations, case law and procedures, all of which can prove fatal to the unwary party’s [...]


Pet Custody: Who gets Fido? By:  Elizabeth A. Sopinski A pet is one of the most cherished gifts of life.  After a long day at work, your dog greets you with lots of love and a wagging tail when you get home.  A pet provides companionship and unconditional love.  Perhaps when you are going through a separation or divorce, your pet provides you with the comfort of which you are so much in need.  But what happens when your ex-spouse loves Fido as much as you do?  [...]


Pre-Nuptial Agreements - Not Just for the Richby Sharon L. Dyer, Esq. When we think of Pre-Nuptial Agreements or read about them in the news, we generally think of movie stars, the rich and famous. However, even the less affluent should consider having a Pre-Nuptial Agreement before marriage. Having a Pre-Nuptial Agreement, if drawn properly, can save a lot of uncertainty, aggravation and legal costs in the event couples ultimately divorce. Many marrying couples do not realize that once they [...]


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