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Blog Posts in 2011

  • Getting Permanent Maintenance

    || 29-Dec-2011

    Are you in the process of getting a divorce ? If so, then you must be wondering about whether you are eligible for permanent maintenance. While it is harder to get permanent maintenance than it was ten years ago, it is possible. When you petition for this type of support, you are asking the court to approve an order for your spouse to pay you each month for an indefinite period of time. This ...
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  • No Fault Divorce

    || 3-Dec-2011

    Are you considering a divorce from your spouse but do not want to spend months battling over the details? If so, you may be eligible for a "no fault" divorce. What Is No Fault Divorce? This type of divorce is available to residents of most states. As its name implies, there is no fault assigned to either party in the divorce. Instead, the person who files for divorce provides a reason ...
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  • Property Division and Your Will

    || 2-Dec-2011

    Are you in the process of drafting your will? If so, you need to understand how property division works in your state. In most cases, spouses opt to leave all of their property to their spouse. Since this property is jointly owned by both parties, it only makes sense to leave it in the name of the remaining spouse. If you are considering splitting up your property amongst several beneficiaries, ...
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  • Alimony is Not a Right

    || 24-Nov-2011

    When you are seeking a divorce from your partner, you may also be considering alimony as part of your divorce settlement. If that is the case, you need to understand that alimony is not a right, but a privilege that is granted by the court. Although no two alimony cases are the same, judges generally look at the same things when deciding whether to approve or deny alimony. Some argue that the most ...
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  • Creating a Valid Prenuptial Agreement

    || 12-Nov-2011

    A number of factors can render a prenuptial agreement null and void. In order to ensure that your prenup is valid, therefore, it's a good idea to work with a Long Island family law attorney to create a contract that will hold up in court and be fair to both parties. One common way that prenuptial agreements get thrown out is if they are signed too close to the wedding day. It can be considered ...
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  • The Different Types of Maintenance

    || 11-Nov-2011

    Spousal support is sometimes referred to as maintenance. Maintenance can be awarded either permanently or for a specified period of time. The latter is known as durational maintenance and is the more common form of spousal support, particularly in medium-to-short length marriages. Permanent maintenance is most likely to be awarded when the couple has been married for a substantial length of time, ...
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  • New York Divorce Residency Requirements

    || 10-Nov-2011

    New York is reportedly one of the most difficult states to obtain a divorce in. However, there are a number of circumstances under which a couple may file for divorce in New York as long as spouses fulfill residency requirements. Te residency restrictions for a divorce action filed in the state include the following: You and your spouse got married in New York and either one of you has resided in ...
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  • What is a Civil Union?

    || 22-Oct-2011

    A civil union is a legal construct similar to but separate from marriage. Civil unions are designed to let same-sex couples share some of the legal rights of marriage, but these rights are often limited and not always recognized by employers and other agencies. Several states allow civil unions, but under the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, states are not required to recognize the civil unions of ...
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  • Knowing Your Visitation Rights

    || 21-Oct-2011

    Understanding your visitation rights as the parent without physical custody of your children can be difficult. In most cases, the parent without custody of the child or children (the non-custodial parent) can get frequent and meaningful visitations with their kids. Unless the parent with custody can show that visitation by the non-custodial parent would be bad for the child, visitation is ...
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  • Orders of Protection Offer Safeguards

    || 20-Oct-2011

    A restraining order is also known as an order of protection. When you obtain an order of protection from a judge, you help protect yourself from being assaulted, abused, harassed, or endangered by the person whom you obtain the order against. Depending upon the circumstances that you find yourself in, your order of protection can be used to have the abuser removed from your home by the police. An ...
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  • Getting a Restraining Order to End Abuse

    || 15-Oct-2011

    When someone is threatening you or your family, you should seriously consider seeking a restraining order. This is a legal document that prevents the abuser from approaching or contacting you for a set length of time. Such orders are often used for victims of domestic violence to keep them protected from their past abusers. To obtain a restraining order, you must go to the court, or hire a Long ...
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  • Advantages of Domestic Partnership

    || 7-Oct-2011

    Did you know that living with someone in a domestic partnership can actually make you eligible for certain legal rights? Depending on what state you reside in, you could be afforded certain rights just by registering your domestic partnership. While the term "domestic partnership" has gotten significant press recently in relation to same-sex couples, the term actually applies to any two ...
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  • Meyers Law Group Helps Father Get Custody of His Daughter

    || 23-Sep-2011

    Recently, the Meyers Law Group was hired to represent a father who was hoping to obtain sole child custody of his six-year-old daughter. Earlier in the case, the mother of the child had filed a Petition for Custody with the court and had also obtained a "stay away" Order of Protection on behalf of her and her child against the father. Upon reviewing the case, the court ordered that both ...
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  • Court Awards Sole Custody to Meyers Law Group Client

    || 22-Sep-2011

    Recently, the Meyers Law Group represented a client who was seeking sole child custody of her two children, ages two and four, in the state of New York. Prior to the working with the Long Island family law attorneys at our office, the client and her spouse did not have a permanent child custody arrangement in place and were unable to reach a resolution, so the legal matter advanced and a hearing ...
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  • Giving Serious Thought to Prenuptial Agreements

    || 10-Sep-2011

    When you have said "yes" and started planning the big day, there is one more thing you should consider doing - signing a prenuptial agreement. Not limited to just the rich and famous anymore, prenuptial agreements are becoming more popular amongst couples of all economic and social strata. While signing a prenuptial agreement is often associated with those who have a lot of wealth, it ...
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