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Attorney Jane K. Cristal is Featured in the New York Law Journal

Read Jane K. Cristal's article that is featured in the New York Law Journal for assistance knowing how to protect your separate property during marriage and divorce. In an article that she ...
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What You Can Do About Parental Alienation

Parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is a phenomenon that occurs when a child expresses an unreasonably strong dislike of one parent—usually in the aftermath of a contentious divorce. These ...
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Can Tape Recordings Be Used as Evidence in a Divorce?

Here's a situation that occurs every now and then—one spouse may choose to tape-record another spouse when the two individuals are in an argument. There are many reasons that may underwrite ...
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What Does an "Attorney for the Child" Do in Child Custody Cases?

It is easy for children's concerns and wishes to become lost in the chaos of child custody and visitation disputes. For this reason, the Attorney for the Child (AFC) serves the purpose of ...
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For Child Support Purposes, When Does a Child Become Emancipated?

For the purposes of child support, a child may become emancipated in one of three ways. According to the Child Support Standards Act, a child becomes legally emancipated once they have reached the age ...
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Could Domestic Violence Allegations Affect a Custody Ruling?

It may come as no surprise that allegations of domestic violence could have a significant impact on the dynamics of one's divorce proceedings. More specifically, the presence of domestic violence ...
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How is Child Support Calculated in New York?

When left up to the court, a child support award will be based on a statutory formula, which is spelled out in the Child Support Standard Act (CSSA). Unless the resulting amount is found to be unjust ...
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Fair Market Value of Real Estate and Due Diligence in Discovery

The valuation of real estate in divorce demands that a thorough and extensive due diligence is conducted, far beyond merely accepting a statement of net worth. In a recent case, Etzion v. Etzion, this ...
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Valuation of Business Interests in Divorce

When the stock of a family-owned business is valued in marital property division, it is imperative that the due diligence conducted is thorough. Business interests that appear to have little or no ...
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Downward Modifications of Child Support and Your Rights

A divorce action is concluded with a marital agreement in place. This agreement includes a provision governing the payment of child support from one parent to the other. The child support obligations ...
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Equitable Distribution - Appreciation of Separate Property

The general rule is that marital property is subject to Equitable Distribution where separate property is not. Separate property includes property "acquired before marriage or property acquired ...
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Is Your Income Greater than your W2?

In today's economy, where so many people have lost their livelihood or have been accepting jobs for lesser pay, courts are put to the task of arriving at a fair determination of what a party's ...
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Challenge To Spouse's Claimed Income

Routinely, spouses file joint tax returns in an effort to maximize tax savings. Additionally, it is quite common for a spouse to knowingly under-report income and for the other spouse, who may know of ...
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Payment of Private College Expenses

Domestic Relations Law §240(1-b)(c)(7) and Family Court Act §413 confer upon the Court the "authority to direct a parent to contribute to a child's private college education, even ...
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Child Support Modification

The "Low Income Support Obligation and Performance Improvement Act" amended the provisions of the Domestic Relations Law and Family Court Act with regard to modification of child support ...
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Enforcement of Marital Agreement May Never Be Time-Barred

An action brought by a party alleging breach of a Marital Agreement is governed by a 6 year statute of limitation period. So, for example, if one spouse, pursuant to an Agreement, is to pay over ...
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Welcome to our Suffolk County Divorce Blog

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