Westchester Mat Law Blog

What Are A Father’s Parental Rights Following A Divorce?

Now more than ever Fathers involved in divorce proceedings are fighting and winning cases regarding parental rights, custody, and child support. It is important to note that whether you are a man or a...

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What Is Guardianship?

Guardianship Of A Child Guardianship is a legal arrangement that is commonly misunderstood. It can be complicated, and is regularly confused with other legal decisions like custody. Guardianship is when the court appoints a...

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Mediation – Part One

Mediation in matrimonial matters has evolved with a stigma of producing agreements that are non-compliant with New York State Domestic Relations Law and in setting parties up for economic failure. Much like matrimonial arbitration,...

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Mediation – Part Two

Agreements settling matrimonial disputes through mediation have suffered scrutiny for being non-compliant with New York State Domestic Relations Law. The first part of this article, which was published in the July Newsletter, provided a...

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Spousal Maintenance

What is spousal maintenance? Spousal maintenance may be awarded when a couple divorces.  Spousal maintenance is a periodic payment from one former spouse to another intended to assist the less-monied spouse in becoming self-supporting...

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Grandparents Rights

Custody and Visitation The New York Domestic Relations Law allows grandparents to petition the court for visitation with and/or custody of their grandchildren in limited circumstances. Where either, or both, of the parents of...

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Removal of Barriers to Remarriage

Religious Divorces and Civil Divorces The Domestic Relations Law in New York mandates that, when spouses are married in a religious ceremony, the Plaintiff (the spouse commencing the action for divorce) must take, or...

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Paternity

When paternity is contested, a Court is empowered to order the mother, child, and the possible father to submit to DNA tests in order to establish paternity. The court may decline to order such...

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Visitation

WHAT IS VISITATION? DO PARENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO VISITATION? In cases where parents are separated or divorced, one parent will generally be deemed the “primary residential parent” or “custodial parent”, meaning that the...

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Grounds For Divorce

Until October 12, 2010, New York was the only U.S. state without some variation of no fault divorce. Since the enactment of New York’s No-Fault Divorce statute, there are now seven grounds for divorce...

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