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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Can my girlfriends ex husband prevent me from being around her kids during her time with the kids. ?

My girlfriend and her ex husband, have 50/50 custody of their children. We were living together for a few years. We broke up a year ago, but have been trying on and off to work it out, and now we are fully ready to move forward. we broke due to me sometimes yelling at my gf, almost never in front... Read more »

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on May 24, 2023

Who has residential custody? There should be no restriction on who sees the children absent an order to the contrary as long as it is with the parent present. If there is a schedule of visitation and he denies it, you can file a violation petition. Your ex would have to demonstrate why you are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: My lawyer has been rude and also has not sent my divorce papers out. What can I do?

I’ve been in the process of divorcing my husband for almost 10 months now. It is uncontested, he has signed the paper he was served, got it notarized, and sent it to my lawyer over a month ago, our child support was taken care of in family court, we have no assets to split, I’m not taking him... Read more »

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Mar 19, 2023

First you said your husband sigbed papers. Were these a Stipulation of Settlement? There are many papers that have to be prepared and signed by the parties. Then you said you made changes and signed. Did you do so after your husband signed those papers? If so your husband needs to approve that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: When do judges actually put people in jail for not paying child support?

I've been supporting my child and paying far more than my support obligation. But I haven't been paying it through the state as required in the order because my ex-wife won't pay for anything. So I pay for school, camps, sports, all of that. Now I have an arrearage and my ex wants me... Read more »

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answered on Mar 21, 2023

There are two kinds of jail inmates today: the ones who were convicted and sentenced to crimes, and young parents. We got that by voting carelessly.

Without an understanding of what the asker's arrearage actually is, we cannot offer an accurate answer, though that is not what the asker...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: When do judges actually put people in jail for not paying child support?

I've been supporting my child and paying far more than my support obligation. But I haven't been paying it through the state as required in the order because my ex-wife won't pay for anything. So I pay for school, camps, sports, all of that. Now I have an arrearage and my ex wants me... Read more »

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Mar 7, 2023

Unfortunately, the answer is yes you can be put in jail. You failed to follow the order and thus you disobeyed the court. There is law that says since you didn't pay per the order, anything you did pay was a gift. I strongly urge you to get an attorney to represent you on this matter.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: I am in an abusive marriage with two little kids and no financial means to pay a retainer, I need help and advice, thank

I need a protective order and divorce help please

Carmen M. Rodriguez
Carmen M. Rodriguez
answered on Feb 26, 2023

If you are in immediate danger call 911

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233

Safe Horizon contact is 1-800-621-HOPE (4673)

There is also Freedom House (domestic violence shelter for victims of domestic violence and their families)

212-400-6470...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Divorced in 2018, was awarded half of an IRA, my ex has not given it to me since then & he won't let me see my son

My ex was supposed to give me half of an IRA as rewarded by the courts and I have joint custody of my son. He has not given me the money and is now refusing to let my son visit me.

Marco Caviglia Esq.
Marco Caviglia Esq.
answered on Feb 14, 2023

On the visitation issue, you must petition in Family Court. On the division of property issue, you should go to Supreme Court, which may also handle the visitation issue if it desires and prior to your filing in Family Court. You probably need an attorney, so consult one.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Divorced in 2018, was awarded half of an IRA, my ex has not given it to me since then & he won't let me see my son

My ex was supposed to give me half of an IRA as rewarded by the courts and I have joint custody of my son. He has not given me the money and is now refusing to let my son visit me.

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Feb 9, 2023

Its unfortunate what is happening. In regard to the IRA, you will have to file a motion for contempt for his failure to follow through. In regard to visitation, if you have a schedule set out in an order and your ex refuses to follow the order then you will have to file for contempt for that as... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: My has been paying the mortgage since we got divorced. He then stopped paying child support. He says he has a right

He says he can do this because the mortgage is more than the child support. We have an agreement and no where in it did I agree to that. This has been over 5 years. He’s a corporate lawyer and believes he’s right. I just want to know if he is.

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Feb 1, 2023

Child support is not interchangeable with any other payments. If he is court ordered to pay the child support than he must continue to do so or be held in violation, or even contempt. Whether he pays the mortgage is a separate issue. If he is court ordered in the divorce to pay the mortgage as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: In New York, how often and under what circumstances can a child support be modified?

I have a child support order which was put into place in 2017 and I've never had the child support modified, but we had a modification in 2021 for the child care (day care, after care, camp) portion of it (not the amount, just how it is to be paid) Magistrate says that is still considered a... Read more »

David Ivan Bliven
David Ivan Bliven
answered on Jan 27, 2023

The statute (FCA 451(3)(b)) simply states child support is modifiable - among other reasons - once every 3 years from when the order was "entered, last modified or adjusted." Implicitly, this means any aspect of the order. This doesn't mean the order from 2021 cannot be adjusted in... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: In New York, how often and under what circumstances can you modify a child support order?

I have a child support order which was put into place in 2017 and I've never had the child support modified, but we had a modification in 2021 for the child care (day care, after care, camp) portion of it (not the amount, just how it is to be paid) Magistrate says that is still considered a... Read more »

Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Jan 30, 2023

Unless you waived the option to have the right to seek a modification every 3 years or upon a 15% change in the payor's income, you can seek one whenever it is warranted. You can always seek a modification based upon a change in circumstances, such as the needs of the child have changed. If... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: In New York, how often and under what circumstances can you modify a child support order?

I have a child support order which was put into place in 2017 and I've never had the child support modified, but we had a modification in 2021 for the child care (day care, after care, camp) portion of it (not the amount, just how it is to be paid) Magistrate says that is still considered a... Read more »

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Jan 27, 2023

Not sure what the question really is. There is no limit on how often a support order can be modified. A child support order may be modified every 3 years or upon a change in the non-custodial parent's income of 15%. Any change to the original order is considered a modification.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: How can I get a divorce, but have no idea where other individual resides or what state they live in?
V Julia Luyster
V Julia Luyster
answered on Jan 4, 2023

I am sorry you are going through this. You can serve the other person by publication. You put it in the newspaper and after a period of time you can obtain a default divorce. There is quite a bit of paperwork that goes along with this so I suggest you ask an attorney to help you with the... Read more »

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Q: How can I get a divorce, but have no idea where other individual resides or what state they live in?
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Jan 4, 2023

It isn't easy unfortunately. To be able to start the action you have see what information you can get from the other person's friends and family as tp their whereabouts. You would have to do a social media search. Once that is done and you still don't have any information, a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Hi Do you have any court cases that went through for a common-law wife that claimed maintenance?
Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Dec 2, 2022

New York does not recognize common law marriage therefore no spousal support would be ordered. However, if you own property together you may want to contact an attorney to determine if you have a case for small claim, Constructive trust or partition.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: I am married, moved out of my NY rental, trial separation, both on lease, who pays rent?

I moved out due to emotional abuse. My husband and I are both on the lease. I may pursue legal representation and divorce but in the meantime, not sure if I should still be paying half the rent for the apartment he currently occupies alone.

Daniel Michael Luisi
Daniel Michael Luisi
answered on Nov 29, 2022

If you are both on the lease, the landlord has the option of bringing a non payment action for rent arrears against one or both of you, regardless of whether you still live in the apartment. In a divorce case, the court would issue an order assigning responsibility for the rent, including arrears,... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: I am married, moved out of my NY rental, trial separation, both on lease, who pays rent?

I moved out due to emotional abuse. My husband and I are both on the lease. I may pursue legal representation and divorce but in the meantime, not sure if I should still be paying half the rent for the apartment he currently occupies alone.

Steven Warren Smollens
Steven Warren Smollens
answered on Dec 22, 2022

Dear New York Tenant:

You do not owe rent to your husband, and if a victim of domestic violence you have special rights to seek to cancel the lease. Leave the notion of paying a share of rent up to the divorce court. Your husband does not have a cause of action to compel you to pay and if...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: How long will my divorce take in Bronx County (New York)?

So my ex signed the papers, and my lawyer filed it with the court on August 11th, 2022. It was an uncontested divorce, no kids or property shared. Basically no fault and just a very simple split. He wants nothing, I want nothing. I just want to know the realistic timeline that I'm going to... Read more »

David Ivan Bliven
David Ivan Bliven
answered on Nov 21, 2022

It varies given the backlog - I've had Judgment's signed in as little as a couple of months, and I've also had Judgement's take 5-6+ months. It may also go slower based on the holidays, incorrect papers, etc. For a 2d opinion, call a Bronx Divorce Attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Divorce for New York on
Q: I'm going to court November 29th for a divorce that I asked my husband for over 26 years no children should I persu

We are not legally separated and our relationship has been a roller coaster he is lying saying we got married after two years separated with no contact no support I have proof this is a lie this is been going on for two years because he's never prepared won't show is Financials... Read more »

David Ivan Bliven
David Ivan Bliven
answered on Nov 21, 2022

One cannot advise you whether your case is "worth pursuing" without a full assessment of the facts of the case. If your husband at least produced a net worth statement, then an attorney could send out subpoenas for corroborating documentation even if your Husband isn't willing to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: My ex-husband agreed to pay college and isn't. What state do I start the legal process?

My ex-husband agreed to pay college and isnt. Divorced in CO. My son and I live in NY and the father lives in Minn. My son attends college in NY. Where do I start the legal process?

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Oct 23, 2022

It depends on your divorce judgment. Typically jurisdiction lies where the child was residing for the past 6 months. Co tact an attorney to review the divorce.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: How is my situation?

Married for five years seperated after two years befor she come to usa now she want to divide my bank account she never added to or deposit any money we dont have kids she is working good

Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Sep 28, 2022

It is wise for you to make an appointment to consult with an experience family law and divorce attorney. Generally speaking anything earned during the marriage is considered marital property. Despite the fact that she may not have contributed to the account, the fact that you own an account between... Read more »

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