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December 2013 Archives

New York divorce centers on dog 'custody' case

For many New York couples, the central focus within their divorce is the care and custody of their shared children. For others, property division takes center stage. In some cases, however, spouses are at odds over which party will retain the family pets. While it may be difficult for some people to imagine, true pet lovers will understand that losing access to a cherished dog or cat can be a devastating prospect. In such cases, spouses will go to battle over pet "custody" within their divorce.

How does New York law treat student loans in divorce?

Heavy student loan debt is a burden for people throughout the United States, but debt-related matters can become especially complicated in the midst of divorce. Like the majority of states, New York is an equitable distribution state, which means that marital assets and debts will be divided equitably between the spouses.

To grandmother's house we go? Divorce and the holiday season

For many children, the holiday season is one of the most exciting times of year. Much of the holiday spirit is created by the prospect of getting to see family members and other loved ones. However, for newly divorced families, it can be tricky negotiating the details of the first holiday season.

Are your children clear on holiday visitation arrangements?

As many divorced parents will say, communication, clear expectations and planning are the keys to a happy holiday season. Unfortunately, though, giving the kids a warm and positive experience is sometimes more easily said than done. Parental conflicts can get in the way, especially if the child custody arrangement is a bit ambiguous, or if the parents aren't yet accustomed to the visitation schedule.

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