Water Damage To A Property Due To A Neighbor

New York real estate disputes may arise from water damage that is caused by a neighbor’s newly installed landscaping. Water can seep into an individual’s home causing harm to the property. Ordinarily, a neighbor is not responsible for any damage stemming from natural runoff from rain or the land.  However, if a neighbor installs landscaping that alters the original condition of the land that causes more water to run onto the property than usual, resulting in damage, there may be grounds for recovery.

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Taking Children Out Of The Country

Now that school has begun, many parents may be planning a family vacation outside of the United States during a holiday break. For many divorced couples, this may present certain challenges, especially for those without a detailed custody agreement.

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Legally Preventing A Parent From Communicating With Their Child

While it is important for children to have a relationship with both of their parents, there are circumstances, such as dangerous or abusive behavior, when it is not in the best interest

of a child to see a parent. In these instances, a parent can be legally prevented from having contact with a child. However, it is not a simple task and should not be taken lightly.

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How To Establish A 50/50 Parenting Plan

When establishing an equally shared parenting plan (50/50 parenting plan) it is important to develop a plan that is viable and will offer the most meaningful relationship for the children. In today’s society, many separated or divorced parents wish to be equally involved with their children’s needs, interests, and lives.  A parenting plan that is 50/50 can be created through a multitude of ways.  However, it must be developed through negotiation and compromise. It is important to remember that the plan must conform to the needs and best interests of the children. It is important to be familiar with and understand the difference between sole custody and joint custody prior to establishing a parenting plan. Working together with a legal professional to establish a plan is often key to a successful parenting plan.

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How is Assault Proven

In order to be convicted of assault, every element of the crime must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If it is shown that an element of the crime is missing, an individual must be found not guilty. In addition, the prosecution has the burden of proving every element of the case and must present evidence as to each element.

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Student Loan Debt And Equitable Distribution

In New York State, a judge will determine the equitable distribution of assets if there is no prior written agreement between the parties. Equitable distribution refers to the separation of assets and financial responsibilities of the parties. In order to properly complete this process, a judge must know all of the marital assets and debts, including student loans.

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Adult Adoption Is A Growing Trend

In New York State, an individual may adopt a person over the age of 18. This grants the person over the age of 18, the legal treatment of a biological child. Adult adoption often occurs for the purpose of establishing legal rights, including inheritance or recognizing a parent-child relationship. New York State does not have strict laws governing who is eligible to adopt as well as who is eligible to be adopted. For instance, in certain states, an adoptee must be a minimum of 10 years younger than the adopter. New York State only requires that the adoptee agrees to the adoption.

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Family Law Terms To Be Familiar With

Family Court:

This is where matters relating to family law and child custody decisions are decided.

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Separate Assets May Be Divided As Communal Property

Generally, in a divorce, there are communal assets and separate assets. In New York State, all assets acquired during the course of a marriage are considered communal property. This is commonly known as shared property or marital property. Separate assets refer to property that is independently owned by one spouse. Today, distinguishing between separate property and the communal property has become more complex, due to more individuals having a significant number and range of assets.

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Collaboration for Co-Parents Is Key During the Summer Months

Summer break can be complex for divorced or separated parents. While children are off from school, making child custody arrangements for their daily activities or summer vacations may become problematic. It is important to remember that consistent and responsive communication will benefit all parties involved, resulting in a less complicated summer.

Here are a few tips for co-parenting in the most effective way:

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