Author Archives: Friedman & Ranzenhofer

Is Child Custody Worked Out In Divorce, Or Do We File A Separate Family Court Petition?

New York requires that child custody matters be worked out as part of the divorce settlement. If you and your spouse are lucky enough to still be able to talk through the relevant issues, you’ll want to develop a formal agreement in the short term so that you and your kids will know what to […]

I Don’t Like My Ex’s New Girlfriend Or Boyfriend. Can I Keep My Kids Away From Them?

As much as you may want to protect your kids by keeping their world simple and easy to navigate, the fact is that at some point, you or your former spouse are likely to meet someone, and the kids will have to learn to accept these new relationships. It’s not likely that you’ll convince a […]

Who Keeps The Business We Own?

Negotiating the disposition of a jointly owned business has significant financial, tax, and career implications for both spouses. We’ve helped clients approach business interests in a variety of ways, from continuing forward as co-owners, to buyouts of one party, to complete liquidation, among other options available. There are also considerations when it comes to children […]

My Former Spouse Isn’t Paying The Court-Ordered Child Support. What Do I Do?

Failure to comply with court orders is very serious, and failure to comply with court ordered child support is even more serious still. Any violation of a court order can result in a criminal contempt charge in New York, but when a spouse gets behind on child support payments, the court’s actions can be swift […]

Is Property I Purchased With My Own Money During The Marriage Considered Separate Property?

Usually it’s considered marital property. Marital property is understood by New York courts as all income, assets, and debts acquired during the marriage, whether with joint funds or separate funds. It doesn’t matter whether your name alone is on the deed or title, odds are very high that the judge will consider the property to […]

Do I Have To Give My Ex Records Of How I Spend Child Support Money?

There’s a lot of confusion around this point, but the answer is a resounding no. You do not have to provide financial records to your ex, or account for how you spend child support money. Courts would be endlessly clogged if they allowed former spouses to “audit” the spending of support or maintenance payments for […]