What Happens to My Inheritance in a Divorce?

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The simple answer is the inheritance belongs to the person who inherits it.  It is their separate property.  However, as with most things, this question is not as simple as it may seem. Often inheritance comes in one form, say money, and is later used to purchase something else.  Or, sometimes, it comes in the form of personal property.  As an example, if your grandmother left you a piece of jewelry, that jewelry belongs to you and is your separate … Read more »

Who Gets the Pets?

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James J. Sexton-New York divorce trial lawyer Laws have been changing around pet issues for several years now, with courts, and pet owners, increasingly treating pets like family rather than like property in divorce proceedings. I’m in full support, as you can imagine, having my pup, Huckleberry, as a big reminder that pets are people, too. Across the U.S., it’s mattering less and less whose name is on the dog owner’s certificate, if indeed you have one, because … Read more »

How to Decrease Conflict in Your Divorce or Custody Case

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By Randy Powers Jr.- Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, P.A. In domestic relations law conflict has consequences.  Whether the consequence is that a Judge gets involved to make a tough decision, you are charged a large bill for attorney’s fees to resolve the conflict, or whether a child is negatively affected from the turmoil, it is in your best interest to minimize conflict as much as possible.  I wanted to point out a few things I have noticed over … Read more »

Children Who "Lose" a Parent

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Advice from the experts on successful reunification. by Sandra Morgan Little and Jan B. Gilman-Tepper from the ABA Family Advocate Client Manual: Visitation/Parenting Time Every single day all over this country, children are separated from a parent for a variety of reasons that range from  parental kidnapping, parental alienation, misconduct, incarceration, voluntary abandonment, military deployment, or placement away from a parent by a child services agency or the court. The cost to the child can be great. What … Read more »

11 Points to a Successful Co-Parenting Plan

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by BARTHOLOMEW & WASZNICKY Designing a successful co-parenting plan is all about creating a calm environment for making decisions about what’s best for the children and easing stress between the parents. Keep the following points in mind when developing your co-parenting plan: 1.  Follow the golden rule of “do unto others.” That includes no talking behind the other person’s back, and treating the other with the respect you desire to receive in return.  Be cordial. Greet each other pleasantly. Read more »

Successful Long-Distance Co-Parenting

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by BARTHOLOMEW & WASZNICKY   Yes, co-parenting is easier when both parents live near each other, but it’s absolutely possible to have a successful long-distance co-parenting relationship when you plan ahead and avail yourself of the following tips. Whether you’re out of town for just a few days, or you live across the country, here are a few ways you can make the distance feel shorter between you and your kids:   Storytelling via phone or webcam. A 15-minute … Read more »

Documents to Update After Your Divorce

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by BARTHOLOMEW & WASZNICKY Once your divorce decree becomes final, you’ll need to update many documents to reflect your newly single status and change beneficiaries. Many people only consider life insurance policies and updating their driver’s license if they changed their name.  However, there are actually quite a few other documents to consider revising that, if you do not update them, may cause problems down the line when it comes to healthcare decisions and your estate wishes. 1.  Social … Read more »

Using a Pre-Nup to Improve Your Chances of Marriage Success

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This article was featured on the IACP (the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals) website and is recommended by Sandra Morgan Little of Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, P.A.   by Dennis S. Lerner -Practices collaborative marriage and family law in Syracuse, New York In my years of practice as a matrimonial lawyer, I have twice been called upon to review proposed pre-nuptial agreements prepared by the lawyer for the potential groom. In one case the groom’s father, having gone through … Read more »