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The New Normal – Chapter One

Normally, Greg didn’t mind Mondays, but today was different. His mood didn’t improve when he finally got inside the building and up to the metal detectors. He’d been waiting outside this damned building for 15 minutes in the rain, and…

0 Comments / 183 View / January 23, 2016

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The New Normal —- A fictionalized account of divorce

INTRODUCTION The New Normal – a look at divorce from the inside. Every day, we get calls from people looking for advice on divorce and family law.  To the people we talk with, the entire experience is new and bewildering….

0 Comments / 108 View / January 23, 2016

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Post-Divorce Maintenance – For divorces filed on or after January 25, 2016.

There is a new law for for post-divorce maintenance which will apply to all New York divorces filed on or after January 25, 2016. Instead of the 20 factors used for pre-2016 divorces, the New York legislature has given us…

0 Comments / 3152 View / January 16, 2016

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New Temporary Maintenance Law

New Temporary Maintenance (Spousal Support) Law Starting for all divorces filed on or after October 26, 2015, there is a new law for temporary maintenance (spousal support) in New York. Please note we DO NOT use the term “Alimony” in…

0 Comments / 600 View / October 4, 2015

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Professional Degrees and Licenses are no longer marital property

For all divorces filed on or after January 25, 2016, licenses, degrees, professional goodwill and other forms of enhanced earnings will no longer be considered marital property. This law does not effect divorces currently pending or divorces filed before January 25,…

0 Comments / 492 View / October 4, 2015

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Service on a missing party by Facebook

In Divorce and Family law cases the statute generally requires that the other party, wife, husband, mother, father, etc, be served in person. That means the divorce papers or family court petition must be placed in the other person’s hands….

0 Comments / 113 View / September 18, 2014

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Gay and Lesbian Child Custody Pitfalls

While the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in New York legalizing gay and lesbian marriages is an important advance in civil rights there are important issues which still need to be resolved. This post will focus on the issue…

0 Comments / 168 View / August 21, 2014

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Police Pensions and Fire Department Pensions

In a divorce splitting the police pension or fire department pension is generally not that difficult. Equitable distribution of pensions is fairly simple under New York, except when the disability pension is involved. Starting at the beginning, police and fire…

0 Comments / 2052 View / December 15, 2013

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Child Support – The Overview

In this video, Gary Port and Preeti Dawane, provide an overview of the New York State Child Support Standards Act (CSSA). In divorce or family court actions, the legislature has created a specific standard to determine how much the non-custodial…

0 Comments / 77 View / September 1, 2013

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Q & A – Gary Port Answers Your Questions

Gary Port, an attorney since 1986, and voted “Client’s Choice” on AVVO.COM answers questions regarding divorce, family law, military law and business law. Pardon some of the typos and grammar, as Gary answers some of these from his cell phone…

0 Comments / 59 View / August 9, 2013