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Enforcing out-of-state child support orders in New York

It is important that both parents contribute to the financial needs of the child after a divorce or end of a relationship, and this is usually accomplished through child support orders. When both parties live in the same state the same agencies collect and enforce child support orders, but, in many situations, one parent lives in a different state than where the child lives.

In the past, this created problems for enforcement and collection of child support. However, this has been mostly remedied through a few different federal laws. These laws require states to enforce out-of-state child support orders through a number of different means. One is that the each state must have procedures for collecting ongoing child support and sending it to the state where the child lives. They also have the authority to enforce judgments for any arrears. In addition to this, other states can even obtain jurisdiction over the child support order for modification purposes.

Role of a forensic accountant in a high asset divorce

No matter how many assets people have, if they end up divorcing they will need to go through the process of dividing their assets. It can be much more complicated though in a high asset divorce. Not only do people in this situation have a large amount of assets, those assets can also be complicated to divide. People may own various properties, businesses, collectables, investments, stock options and other assets. Many times, it is difficult to even value these assets and people going through a high asset divorce may need to utilize a forensic accountant.

Forensic accountants can assist in a number of different aspects of a high asset divorce. They can assist in identifying the various assets people own, help determine whether the assets are marital or non-marital and value the assets. They can also help determine a person's true income by analyzing their tax returns, lifestyles, books of businesses they may own and other aspects of their lives. Also, just as important as determining how much a spouse may own or earn, is determine whether they are dissipating or hiding assets.

Mediators in divorce mediation must keep information confidential

Some people in New York really like to keep their information private. People make sure that others do not have access to emails, text messages, bank accounts, credit cards and many other aspects of their lives, and usually do not like other people to know their exact financial situation or know about the problems they are having with a spouse or their children. However, in certain situations, these issues could become public knowledge.

One of these situations is a divorce. If the couple cannot resolve their differences and reach agreements on their own, a judge generally decides things for them. However, in order to make these decisions, the judge needs to be given the facts and those facts can involve very private matters that people would rather keep private. Many couples would wish to avoid this, but some may think that they have no other choice because they cannot seem to agree on anything with their soon-to-be ex-spouse.

Using forensic evaluations in a child custody dispute

There are many difficulties that parents in New York face while raising children. There are many choices that need to be made and every child is different. What works for one child may not work for another child. Because of this fact, there is not just one right way to be a parent. Oftentimes, each parent may even have different ideas on how to handle certain situations. Many times, the parents will compromise on what to do, but this is not always the case, especially when the parents are going through a divorce or are separated.

Parents going through a divorce will have to make determinations on child custody and parenting time. Custody is simply decision-making for the children. So, if parents cannot agree on what decisions to make for the children, they could end up in a contested custody dispute. This can result in one parent receiving sole legal custody of the children and having the authority to make the final decisions. However, it can be difficult in some situations to determine which parent should have sole custody.

Helping ensure people pay and receive the proper child support

Parents in New York have many obligations as they raise their children. They need to ensure that they are fed, have a home, have medical insurance, are cared for while they work, decide which extracurricular activities they will participate in and many other obligations. These obligations are present whether the parents are married, divorced or never married in the first place. These obligations also cost money and it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure these obligations are paid for in a timely fashion.

While parents are together the financial responsibility is simply shared and it is easy to figure out how the obligations will be paid. However, when parents separate, it can be easy for the financial obligations to fall on the custodial parent since they have the children the majority of the time. So, to ensure that both parents are providing financially for the children, the non-custodial parent is usually ordered to pay child support to the custodial parent.

Actor Jim Belushi to divorce after 20 years of marriage

Jim Belushi has been in the entertainment industry for a long time and many people in New York are familiar with his various shows and movies. He has been married for the last 20 years, but his wife just recently filed for divorce. While she does not state many specifics in the paperwork she filed with the court, she indicates that she is seeking spousal support and joint custody of the couple's two children. However, there are many more issues that will need to be resolved in their divorce as well.

One of the more complicated issues for them, similar to other couples with substantial amounts of money and assets, is the property division portion of the divorce. In a high asset divorce couples not only have many assets to divide, they also have complicated assets. It usually involves much more than just having money in a savings or checking account. Many times, they have investment accounts, retirement accounts, stock options, own businesses, have multiple properties, collectibles and other valuable assets.

Requirements for modifying a child custody order

There are many decisions that parents in New York must make for their children as they raise them. This includes the day-to-day decisions, such as what they are going to eat or what activities they will participate in during the day. These decisions also include long-term decisions, such as what schools they will go to, what religion they will be raised in and medical decisions as well. When parents are divorced, which parent makes these decisions is governed by child custody orders.

Sometimes these child custody orders are implemented when the children are young. As people are well aware, both the parents and the children's lives can change over the years. What may have been in the best interests of the children when they were young may no longer be in their best interests as they grow older. Therefore, parents may need to modify their custody orders to accurately reflect the changes in the circumstances.

Divorce mediation can be a cheaper option than litigation

Sometimes, couples in New York are not able to work through arguments or a series of arguments and no longer want to continue the marriage. In these situations, the couple may end up in divorce proceedings.

Some couples are able to resolve everything in a divorce by themselves, but this is not true for most divorces. The couple will need some assistance in determining custody, parenting time, child support, dividing their assets, determining if one will receive alimony and other issues that may arise. The couple has different options about how to obtain assistance. They could litigate the divorce and eventually have a judge decide at a trial or they could use divorce mediation to reach agreements.

Can you modify a child support order if income changes?

There are many reasons that people in New York no longer work for certain companies. Some people find a better job or simply do not like working a certain job and decide to quit. Others get laid off or let go by their employer due to a downturn in business and the employer can no longer afford to employ them. Others get fired because of their work performance and the company no longer wants them working for the company.

When people lose their jobs it can create uncertainty for them and can also create some financial problems since they no longer have an income. Without an income, paying monthly bills can become difficult. For some, these monthly bills include paying child support. This is a monthly expense like any other bill and if it is not paid then there can be consequences.

Changes to the tax law may affect alimony payments in divorce

Divorces in New York are generally not an easy process. Some divorces are much more amicable than others, but oftentimes there are disputes which must be addressed during the divorce. There are number of issues which can cause these disputes. People may have different opinions on child custody or visitation. They could also have issues with dividing their assets, especially if it is a high asset divorce. Another issue which also arises in high asset divorces and can cause disputes is alimony.

Alimony is usually paid when one spouse earned significantly more than the other during the marriage the other spouse needs additional money after the divorce to continue paying the bills and living their life. There is not a calculator to determine the amount or duration of alimony or whether it should be paid at all. The paying spouse also generally does not want to keep supporting the other spouse after the divorce. As one can imagine, all these factors can lead to disagreements on this issue.

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