A New Year and a Fresh Start

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There is a popular adage that January has the highest rate of divorce filings. There is likely some truth to this, though I’m not confident the statistics necessarily demonstrate this reality. Anecdotally, there have been years in my practice where this certainly appears to be the case. I’m not confident that this is particular to divorce, mind you; as I believe many things – both business and personal – tend to be put off until the holiday season is over. Therefore, it’s important not to blow this out of proportion. Read more

Spousal Abuse: Domestic Violence in New York State

domesticWitnessing the effects of spousal abuse is one of the worst aspects of my practice. Abuse takes many shapes and can be attributed to both men and women in a relationship; this parity is something not often spoke about in the media and many men are afraid to admit that they too have been victims of domestic violence. If you are living in an abusive relationship and have questions about how to extricate yourself from a painful, if not terrifying situation, there are a few things you should know to protect yourself and your loved ones. Read more

Child Support and Unemployment or Loss of Income

child-support-guidelinesThe Dow Jones Industrial Average is at an all-time high as of this writing. Even if you’re reading this blog post months from when it was originally published, the market is likely far above where it was when the financial markets collapsed in 2008. Yet for all of Wall Street’s flowing champagne and expensive caviar, most people have yet to fully recover and many of my clients are still experiencing financial hardships. The reason I tell you this is to let you know that you’re not alone. Read more