Monthly Archives: March 2016

Your Ex and Your Social Security Benefits

Your divorce may be long behind you but if your golden years are right in front of you, your ex may be looking for a piece of your Social Security retirement benefits. Even if you have since remarried, your former spouse may be entitled to benefits based on your work record. In order to qualify…
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Seven Ways a Spouse Can Conceal Assets in a New York Divorce

Sadly, divorce often involves lies and deception. Although the parties in a New York divorce action are obligated to make full and complete disclosures of their assets and liabilities, it is not uncommon for one spouse to attempt to hide marital property. By hiding assets, one of the parties may attempt to keep those assets…
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Can You Change Your Child’s Last Name After Divorce?

It is not uncommon for a spouse who took the other spouse’s surname during marriage to want to revert to their maiden name after a divorce. This is a personal decision and one that typically cannot be prevented simply because the other spouse objects. But what about a child’s surname? If a custodial parent who…
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Can a Step-Parent Be Ordered to Pay Child Support?

Step-parents often take on many of the responsibilities of biological parents when they become part of a family. But is one of those responsibilities the payment of child support for any step-children in the event of a divorce? In New York the answer depends on two factors: Availability of support from the non-custodial biological parent…
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