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Child Custody and Family Offenses

Family Offense Petitions

WHAT IS A FAMILY OFFENSE PETITION AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED ONE? DO YOU FEEL UNSAFE?  The breakup of a family, no matter how civil or calm, can be tense and stressful for all its members.  People ...
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Introducing Your New Love to Your Children

WHETHER, WHEN AND HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR KIDS AND YOUR NEW SIGNIFICANT OTHER You’re divorced or separated and you’re dating someone you’re serious about. You want to introduce your new partner to your children. You want this introduction to go ...
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Children’s Needs in Divorce

FEEDBACK FROM CHILDREN OF DIVORCED PARENTS — WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T One of our collaborative divorce colleagues interviewed a group of teens and young adults with divorced parents about their thoughts and feelings following the divorce. Their responses may ...
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Your child’s voice in divorce: children’s lawyers

THE ATTORNEY FOR THE CHILD MAKES THE CHILD’S WISHES KNOWN Children are  stakeholders in divorce as much as their parents. How are children’s wishes made known during a divorce or custody proceeding? In New York state, children in certain cases ...
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