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 [...]


Self Care During Divorceby Michael Osburn, Esq. For most people, a divorce is an extremely stressful life event. This is not surprising. Divorce can impact all aspects of one’s life: relationships with family members and friends, living arrangements, plans for retirement, and financial security to name just a few. In some cases, a person might not only experience stress during divorce, but also other powerful emotions such as guilt, anger, sadness and fear. Your attorney can help guide [...]


Domestic Violence and the Process of Getting an Order of Protection by: Michelle McCabe-Szczepanski, Esq. Domestic violence plagues many homes throughout our community.  In Broome County, law enforcement responds to 550-600 domestic incidents each month.  Domestic violence is more than physical abuse.  Verbal abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, threats of future abuse, harassment, and stalking, are all forms of domestic violence.  The best way to get [...]


Investigating Your Partner: a Great Benefit to Your Divorce Case? Or a Source of Unwanted Trouble? The time has come. You and your partner have decided to seek a divorce. You may be thinking that, now that your partnership is ending, it is ok to start investigating your spouse. After all, you do not mean any harm. Maybe you think your spouse had an affair, and you want a private investigator to confirm. Maybe you believe your partner is residing with a new partner, or has a new job that he or [...]


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