Spousal maintenance calculations in New York divorces are now governed by a new law that makes several changes. This includes a shift in terminology from alimony tomaintenance. The temporary maintenance rules, which apply to divorces filed on or after October 16, 2015, continue to follow a fairly straightforward formula based on the income of each spouse. New permanent maintenance rules are in effect for all divorces filed on or after January 25, 2016.
New York courts determine child custody according to what they consider to be in the best interests of the child. There is no automatic presumption in favor of either parent. Of course, what constitutes a child's "best interests" can be highly subjective and requires analysis based on each family's unique situation. In many cases, the court will appoint an attorney to advocate for the child. Though each case differs, there are some common factors that the court considers in determining custody:
In winter, icy pavement and negligent property owners are a bad combination for the millions of New Yorkers who walk through the city each day. If you have slipped and fallen on an icy sidewalk, a dedicated personal injury attorney can meet with you to ensure that you understand the relevant legal issues in bringing a suit, including: