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Why a Facebook divorce is a really bad idea

If you are like most New Yorkers, you probably spend a good deal of time on Facebook and other social media platforms keeping up with your family and friends. If, however, a divorce looms in your future, now would be a good time to limit what you post online. Why? Because your posts could come back to haunt you in court.

Unfortunately, you do not have as much privacy on social media as you think. No matter how carefully you set your privacy settings, many more people can access your information than simply your friends and family. It may shock you to learn that as far back as 2010, two-thirds of divorce attorneys admitted that Facebook represented their best source to discover damaging evidence against their clients’ spouses.

Drawbacks to the right of first refusal clause

If you have children and are going through a divorce, you probably understand the importance of having a well-drafted child custody agreement. After all, the agreement is likely to determine how both you and your ex-spouse parent your children. If you want to retain some control over who cares for your kids, you may want to consider adding a right of first refusal clause. 

Put simply, a right of first refusal clause requires a parent who cannot care for children during designated custodial time to offer the other parent the opportunity to care for them before hiring a sitter, asking family members or making other arrangements. While advantages of including a right of first refusal provisions in a custody agreement abound, some drawbacks exist. Here are four possible problems with this type of clause: 

4 facts about spousal maintenance in New York

When your marriage looks like it's coming to an end, there are a variety of issues to consider--property division, child custody, support payments and more. These issues can be overwhelming and often come down to a common factor--money.

If you have made the decision to get a divorce, you may be wondering how you will make ends meet financially. Now that divorce is imminent, it's a good idea to understand how maintenance (or, spousal support) works in New York. Let's take a look at four facts about spousal support.

Update your will and related documents post-divorce

You may have breathed a sigh of relief if you were among those who finalized their divorce in 2018 before the new tax laws went into effect.

However, there is still more to do. You must also be sure to revise your will and other estate planning documents to reflect the changes in your life post-divorce. 

What to know about filing taxes after a divorce

Divorcing your spouse brings with it certain inevitable changes, and one of those changes relates to the manner in which you file your taxes. The government taxes married couples differently from single filers. How you file your taxes will change upon the completion of a divorce.

The more you understand about how divorcing your spouse affects your taxes, the better. Here are some of the key things you should know about filing taxes in the wake of divorce.

Critical steps to take after a divorce

There are many suggested steps to take after a divorce to ensure your new life goes smoothly. These steps include changing a last name back to a maiden name (optional), opening new bank accounts or finding a new place to live. Other items include reviewing various accounts to ensure who the beneficiaries are and ensuring that they are updated. Those accounts include:

  • IRAs and other retirement accounts
  • Life insurance policies
  • Bank accounts

Failing to change the beneficiary designation on these types of assets can lead to confusion in the distribution of the asset and could lead to expensive litigation in the event of death.

What if your parenting plan doesn't fit your holiday schedule?

During your divorce, you and your ex-spouse had to work through some tough issues before finally reaching a custody and visitation agreement. At the time, it appeared to be a good and fair parenting plan.

However, holidays are an exception to regular custody and visitation schedules. There are several scheduling roadblocks that can keep you and your child from getting the most out of your time together if you don't have a holiday plan. What can you do to change this?

Dispelling myths about child support

Parents who have custody rely on child support payments to assist in keeping their children healthy, safe and happy. Many parents who receive child support may have received misguided advice from well-meaning friends and family about how child support payments can be spent, or have been questioned by an ex-spouse about where the child support payments are spent.

Knowing the difference between common myths and truths about child support can give you some piece of mind about how these funds can be utilized. Read on for more information.

Critical steps to take after a divorce

There are many suggested steps to take after a divorce to ensure your new life goes smoothly. These steps include changing a last name back to a maiden name (optional), opening new bank accounts or finding a new place to live. Other items include reviewing various accounts to ensure who the beneficiaries are and ensuring that they are updated. Those accounts include:

  • IRAs and other retirement accounts
  • Life insurance policies
  • Bank accounts

Failing to change the beneficiary designation on these types of assets can lead to confusion in the distribution of the asset and could lead to expensive litigation in the event of death.

Back to school season: Tips for recently divorced parents

Summer tends to be a popular time for divorce. One study conducted by the University of Washington found that in addition to March, August has one of the highest divorce rates in the country compared to the rest of the year.

Couples who finalize their divorce before the beginning of the new school year, can find it difficult and stressful to figure out a good co-parenting schedule for their children. Regardless of the language contained in their child custody and access schedules, there are numerous things parents can do ahead of time to make the back-to-school season go more smoothly. For example, parents could:

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