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What is “shared custody?”

What is “shared custody?”

By Joseph H. Nivin, Esq. I. Introduction: Many parents in Family Court or Supreme Court matrimonial cases ask for “shared custody,” or equal time with their children. Until recently, the response was consistent: “Children need one place to call home” or “Children need stability.” However,…

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Child Custody Litigation

Child Custody Litigation

By Joseph H. Nivin, Esq. If you’ve been in custody litigation for a while, you’re probably wondering how much the law comes into play. It may seem like the judge or the referee does whatever he or she wants to do, and that there’s no…

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10 Lessons from a Family Divorce Lawyer

10 Lessons from a Family Divorce Lawyer

By Joseph H. Nivin, Esq. As a family divorce lawyer, people often ask me if I’ve learned lessons about how to make marriage work. They’re asking the wrong question. The decision to get divorced is personal and one that anybody can end up making. The…

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NY Child Support for Self Employed

NY Child Support for Self Employed

New York child support guidelines for a self employed parent are calculated using all income sources including wages, rental income, interest income, self employment earnings and royalties. Child support ​and divorce for the self-employed in general can be complicated since in many cases it’s difficult…

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Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested Divorce

Divorce is a major life event that can cause emotional stress no matter what the circumstances are, but a Contested Divorce is an especially draining experience, financially and emotionally. There are ways to avoid this difficult road, and a family divorce lawyer can help you navigate…

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Child Support Enforcement

Child Support Enforcement

A child support enforcement lawyer can help you receive the child support payments you are entitled to. If you have an order in place to receive support and the other parent is failing to pay, the Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin can help. Remedies…

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NY Child Support Attorney Can Help Lower Payments

NY Child Support Attorney Can Help Lower Payments

The Supreme Court of New York decided on a case filed to lower the amount of child support in arrears that could be garnished from the appellant’s paycheck. A previous case brought by the respondent raised the appellant’s child support to 65% of his disposable…

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ACS Charges – 5 Important Facts About A Child Protective Investigation


ACS Charges – 5 Important Facts About A Child Protective Investigation


Understand the charges against you or a family member. A good defense attorney can explain the charges in a simple way. They will challenge ACS findings and demand a full investigation. Once ACS or social services chooses to investigate a claim of child abuse or…

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One-Third of Children Exposed to Domestic Abuse Will Become Victims When They Grow Up

One-Third of Children Exposed to Domestic Abuse Will Become Victims When They Grow Up

Olliette Murry-Drobot was subjected to domestic abuse before she was even born. When Murry-Drobot’s mother was pregnant, she endured frequent beatings from her partner. The violence intensified to the point that Murry-Drobot’s mom didn’t feel her daughter move for days at a time. Murry-Drobot survived,…

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Child Custody and Relocation

Child Custody and Relocation

As in the case of Tropea v. Tropea, the issue of Child Custody Relocation will be determined by a Judge in Family Court. Requests for relocation when child custody is at stake are reviewed on a case by case basis. The court will take many factors…

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