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Who gets to keep the cat (or dog) in a divorce in New York State?

Divorce is as much a part of current society as marriage - and even the friendliest of divorces can become incredibly complicated. In addition to the division of real estate, investment portfolios, personal property and debts, divorces now often involve custody of and access to the pets.

Filing for divorce in New York

The last few months have been tough. Over the Holidays, the constant bickering and fighting with your spouse put additional strain on your already rocky relationship. The calm of January may have lulled you into believing you were back on solid ground. But then the verbal blow-up at the restaurant over Valentine's Day dinner led to the big talk - that dreaded conversation about divorce.

What you need to know about annulments in New York

Are you in a bad marriage and need to get out? Is it time to move forward with your life and strive for that "happily ever after" promised in fairy tales? If you're in a legally binding marriage, your path out is through divorce. If, however, your marriage was legally void or voidable from the outset, your road to freedom may be through annulment.

What to do if you lose health insurance coverage in divorce

If your health insurance comes through your spouse's employer, you should worry about health care coverage after divorce. You may even rethink untying the knot if you have significant health care needs - especially given all the uncertainty currently surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Factors that affect alimony in New York

Maintenance, also referred to as alimony or spousal support, can be granted through a divorce. It is usually ordered when one spouse earns significantly more than the other spouse, one spouse needs time to garner the skills to be relevant in the workforce again, or so one spouse can maintain the lifestyle he or she has become accustomed to. Unlike child support, alimony has far less specific guidelines for determining the amount of the payments. 

The pros of a prenup

You are likely familiar with the pros and cons of a prenuptial agreement, with a hefty list of pros on why getting a signed prenuptial agreement into place is a good idea prior to marriage. However, too many couples get stuck on the cons, which are that it isn't an easy topic to discuss and it seems like you're planning on a divorce before you're even married. 

Why same-sex couples need a prenuptial agreement

There's really no better way to kill a romantic evening than to mention the words "prenuptial agreement." Engaged couples want to focus on planning a future together, not preparing for one apart. For years, how to bring up the subject of a prenuptial agreement was not one with which same-sex couples had to contend. With same-sex marriage becoming legal across the country, same-sex couples may want to say "I do" to a prenuptial before saying it to each other.

What no-fault divorce means for New Yorkers

No-fault divorce finally reached New York State in 2010, making it much easier to end your marriage in the state. Now, instead of having to live apart from their spouse for a year or accuse the spouse of one of an approved list of misbehaviors, New Yorkers now may simply declare that the marriage has been irretrievably broken down for at least six months.

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