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What are the Grounds for Filing Divorce in New York?

Posted on June 10, 2016 by admin

Spouses filing for a divorce in New York are required to state the reason for the divorce..They can request the court to terminate their marriage under certain specified grounds listed in New York’s Domestic Relations Law. The grounds (reasons) for getting a divorce in New York are: Irretrievable breakdown: If the relationship between the spouses has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months. Cruel and inhuman treatment: If one of the spouses has been subjected to abusive conduct by the other spouse, endangering their physical and mental well being. Allegations under this ground include, domestic violence and extreme mental cruelty. Abandonment: If one of the spouses was abandoned by the other spouse for a continuous period of one year or more. This may include the spouse leaving the marital residence without the consent of the other or the spouse locked out by the other spouse from…
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Child Custody Laws in the New York State

Posted on June 10, 2016 by admin

After parents’ divorce, a child needs a guardian to care for him/her. Child Custody Laws in New York State ensure that the child is protected and that both parents are able to relate to the child. In New York, neither parent has preferred right to custody over their child; either parent can apply for custody in family court. The court makes custody decisions in the best interest of the child. Types of child custody There are three types of child custody in New York: Legal custody: A parent who has legal custody makes important decisions in a child’s life like education, religion and medical care.Often, parents share legal custody, which means that they discuss on important decisions in the child’s life, although one may give the final decision. Physical custody: Physical custody determines which parent the child will live with. Sometimes one parent watches over the child on weekdays and…
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How to Prove Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident

Posted on June 9, 2016 by admin

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident due to a dangerous condition or property owner’s negligence, the property owner can be held liable. To prove liability in a slip and fall accident, you must establish the following: the party’s responsibility in causing the accident and the party’s negligence (i.e. by causing or failing to prevent the slip and fall accident). Determining liability For a property owner to be legally responsible for the injuries you suffered in a slip and fall accident, the following must apply: The owner of the premises (or the owner’s ­employee) must have caused the dangerous condition such as the slippery floor,the worn or torn carpet, etc. The owner of the premises (or the owner’s ­employee) was aware of the dangerous condition,but didn’t do anything to fix it. The owner of the premises (or the owner’s ­employee) should have known about the dangerous condition and…
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