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February 2012 Archives

Divorcing late in life? You're not alone

The longer a couple is married the more complicated a divorce settlement may become. It would stand to reason that couples married for multiple decades would choose to stay together, but divorce statistics say otherwise. More long-time married couples are splitting up than ever before.

New York City child support collections at record high

A multi-pronged program for collecting past-due child support in New York City allows custodial and noncustodial parents to receive help. The Office of Child Support Enforcement collected more than $730 million last year in delinquent child support payments. The amount equals more than $30 million, or nearly 4.5 percent above 2010 support collections of $700 million.

Divorced same-sex couple granted equal parental rights

Child custody disputes are difficult for any parents involved in a divorce or separation. Coming to terms with not seeing a child on a daily basis is heartbreaking for each parent involved. A recent story about a same-sex couple's child custody dispute may be of interest for Brooklyn residents. As more same-sex couples opt for marriage, ultimately some of those relationships will end in divorce. The problem lies in the existing language used to define a married couple by the state, when that marriage is being dissolved and child custody is being disputed.

Negotiating children's college expenses during divorce

Divorce agreements in Brooklyn can include provisions for ex-spouses and child custody, including how much and how long spousal or child support is paid. Beyond alimony and child support considerations, matrimonial lawyers suggest that divorce settlements include how parents will cope with the costs of their children's college education.

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