Family Law

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How Can I Change Child Support?

When employment changes and other shifting circumstances affect a parent’s financial situation, it may be time to examine child support payments and increase or decrease them accordingly. Some of the most common reasons to change child support include: A substantial change in income, such as that brought about by job loss or a promotion Change in other support, like increased health care costs or a change in the amount of physical custody and related expenses born by one parent Passage of time Modifying child support can be a very fact-specific endeavor. An experienced child support lawyer can help a parent ensure all of the relevant factors are accounted for. Options for changing child support Child support can be changed by agreement between the parties or by asking the court to decide. In either case, the change needs to be formalized by the judge in a legally-enforceable order. The steps and…
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Are Prenuptial Agreements Unbreakable?

When crafted and executed correctly by an attorney, prenuptial agreements are almost always iron-clad, and used by thousands of couples who are planning their nuptials. A solid prenup is an invaluable tool for protecting pre-marital assets, including real estate holdings, private possessions acquired before the wedding and other holdings. For many couples, prenuptial agreements provide a platform for honest, open communication about not only assets, but outstanding debts and child support obligations – issues that can prove contentious if the marriage ends. In most situations, financial issues are the most antagonistic when a marriage begins to dissolve, which is why many couples prefer to have a contract in place so there is no quarreling about assets and property entitlement.  There are certain circumstances, however, when a prenup may not hold up in divorce court. Below are some factors that may void the validity of a prenuptial agreement. Factors that can…
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A Significant Custody Victory

Attorney Randy Perlmutter, of KGG, had a significant custody victory affirmed by the Appellate Division, 2d Department on November 18, 2015. Representing a father diligently & tenaciously for a period of 9 years, he had the original custody determination concerning 2 young children overturned, due to a change in circumstances. The trial court awarded principal residential custody to the father. In this case, 7 years ago, the Father & Mother signed a contract to give custody to the mother, subject to Father’s visitation. Mother continually interfered with Father’s visitation & relentlessly tried to damage the father’s relationship with the children. She too, filed numerous petitions alleging Domestic Violence (D.V.) & sexual misconduct. Randy had numerous D.V.s dismissed & successfully filed many visitation enforcement petitions. Through skillful cross examination over an 8 day trial, spanning 4 months, Randy unveiled the truth of this matter demonstrating to the judge that the Mother…
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Prenuptial agreement cited in Kaley Cuoco divorce filing

A prenuptial agreement will determine how Kaley Cuoco and her husband end their marriage of 20 months, a court filing released Monday shows. Read more…

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What Life Events Can Contribute to a Divorce?

The reasons behind crumbling marriages and divorce may vary, but one thing is true—sometimes, specific life events can lead to conflicts in relationships. We bring this up because recently Health.com had an interesting story about which life events can lead to a divorce. The events that were mentioned mostly involved stressors, and the news source spoke to a counselor and psychologist about how these can negatively influence a relationship. Among the life events that can lead to divorce, according to Health.com: Illness: A study from Iowa State University found that divorce rates were 6 percent higher among relationships in which wives had an illness such as cancer, heart disease or lung disease. Job changes: An Ohio State University study found that men who are unemployed are more likely to leave their wives, and are more likely to be left by their wives. Childbirth: The Journal of Family Psychology found that…
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Viacom Settles NY Intern Lawsuit for $7.2 Million

Last fall, we discussed in our blog how there were a number of class action lawsuits making headlines over intern pay. Remember, legally, unpaid internships are a complex subject. If you are an intern, the company you are providing your services to is required to provide you with an enriching and educational experience that you can fall back on later in life. Unfortunately, in many of the cases that are making the news, this is allegedly not happening. Some companies are being accused of exploiting interns to save money and not hire additional employees. Unpaid interns are being asked to perform tasks that would normally be assigned to paid workers. Viacom Settles Intern Lawsuit for $7.2 Million We bring up this subject because recently there was a class action lawsuit settlement that may have ramifications nationally. According to the Los Angeles Times, media giant Viacom has agreed to settle a…
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Are There Positives For Children of Divorce?

A couple of weeks ago in our blog, we discussed tips for speaking to your children about a divorce. Remember, a divorce can be an emotional struggle for all of the parties involved—there is no sugarcoating this. However, this does not mean that the dissolution of your marriage cannot lead to better things. If you are in a marriage where infidelity, substance abuse, emotional abuse and/or domestic violence are prevalent, the outcome of a divorce may prove to be incredibly beneficial for your child. Additionally, if you are experiencing stressors that cannot be overcome in your marriage, including incompatibility, personality problems, communication breakdowns and/or financial fighting, seeking a divorce may prove to be a sensible decision. Remember, you have no legal obligation to stay in a toxic marriage even if you have children. Blogger Discusses the Benefits of Her Parents’ Divorce We bring this issue up because recently there was…
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Should I Contact an Attorney After a Workplace Accident?

Did you know that you have rights in New York and New Jersey if you are injured in a workplace accident? When you acquire a serious personal injury in any work setting, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Each state has its own laws about qualifications and how much workers’ compensation benefits are paid out. To determine if you have a workers’ compensation claim, it may be wise to speak to an attorney following an injury accident. We say this because you may be entitled to more than just workers’ compensation following an accident, so having your incident investigated may prove to be critical in obtaining maximum compensation. Keep in mind, in addition to workers’ compensation, if you are injured at a job site, you may want to look into a lawsuit or a third-party liability claim. By having an attorney review your case, he or she may be…
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Nissan Recalls Altimas Over Defective Hood Latch

If you drive a Nissan, you may want to make sure that it is not part of a nationwide recall over defective hood latches. According to the Dallas Morning News, Nissan has recalled 640,000 Altima mid-size sedans for faulty hood latches. This is the third recall for the manufacturer relating to hood latches over the last couple of months—previously, it recalled 216,000 Pathfinder crossovers from model years 2013 and 2014 for the same issue, and thousands of Infiniti JX35 and QX60 crossovers as well. The latches can reportedly fail, causing a vehicle hood to fly open and block a driver’s view while the car is in motion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The total number of vehicles affected by the latch issue now sits at 1.1 million. Nissan said that it has not received any reports of crashes or injuries relating to the defect. Pursuing a…
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Will a Divorce Affect My Credit Score?

Are you worried that a divorce may hurt your credit score? It is true that in some circumstances, your credit can take a hit following a divorce. This is because many relationships involve joint credit accounts, which are closed following the dissolution of a marriage. Remember, sadly, if you are a joint owner, cosigner or an authorized user on a credit line, the closing of an account can negatively affect your credit score. Additionally, it should be noted that if you do not take steps to close a credit line following a divorce and/or you do not ensure that your name is removed from it, you could potentially be held liable for any charges, interest or issues that may arise. A divorce decree alone, stating that you are no longer allowed access to a credit line or are not responsible for paying it, does not ensure that the contract you…
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