The Divorce Report

New York's divorce and family law blog

Can I Be Served With a Summons For Divorce In Facebook?

service by facebook   A trend is developing- the law is embracing technology and social media.  For the second time in recent months, a New York court allowed a defendant in a divorce to be served by Facebook. All cases begin with the service of a summons.  In a New York divorce, the defendant must be personally served with the summons, reflecting the importance of allowing a party to offer a defense in a case that could have immeasurable...
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What Are The Odds That I Will Get Divorced: Are the Divorce Rates Down?

26989-downward  trendAccording to a report in the New York Times, divorce lawyers, like me, may be soon looking for new careers. The divorce rate, which had been as high as fifty percent is reportedly decreasing. According to a study:
About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s reached their 15th anniversary, up from about 65 percent of those that began in the 1970s and 1980s. Those who married in the 2000s are so far divorcing at even lower rates....
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Dog Divorce Tug of Wars: Preventable By a Pup-Nup

26953-a dog tug of war-thumb-500x717-26952 With growing frequency, couples are fighting for custody of their cats and dogs when they divorce. Like all litigated matters, a pet custody case can be expensive and contentious. Recent New York courts have ruled that pet custody divorce disputes are treated differently than other divorce disputes. Unlike a child custody fight which is resolved on the basis of the “best interests” of the children or a property dispute, which employs a litany of factors to equitably...
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Service by Social Networking: Can You Be Served Through Facebook?

26925-service of summons-thumb-500x281-26924 The next time you check into Facebook, you may get more than a “Like” from one of your friends, you could be served with legal papers. Recently, a New York judge authorized service of legal papers through Facebook in a family law case. Generally, the summons must be personally served in a New York matrimonial in order to provide the party being served with actual notice of the action. Problems arise when parties separate, move on with their lives, and...
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