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- Q. My husband has supported me for 2 years as I started my business w/no salary. Will he support me until I can?
- A: Maybe. NY divorce matters have a calculation for spousal maintenance so if there is a large difference in income between you and your spouse you may be eligible for spousal maintenance and counsel fees during your divorce matter. The duration of spousal maintenance is between 15%-30% the years of marriage (not the years of living together). Child support is until your child is 21 or emancipated (18 and in the military or married, etc.)
- Q. I live in New York and my husband lives in Montana. What state do we file for divorce in?
- A: Maybe either state. Not sure about Montana's laws but for NY in order to get divorced in NY: The residency requirements for a NY divorce are: 1. The parties were married in New York, and either party lived in New York for one year prior to filing. DRL 230(1) 2. The parties resided in New York as husband and wife, and either party lived in New York for one year or more prior to filing. DRL 230(2). 3. The cause of action occurred in New York, and either party lived in New York for one year or more prior to filing. DRL 230(3). 4. The cause of action occurred in New York, and both parties live in New York at the time of filing. DRL 230(4). 5. Either party has lived in New York for two years or more prior to filing. DRL 230(5).
- Q. My husband was injured and we go some settlement money but now we're getting a divorce.
- A: Typically personal injury settlements are separate property that are not divided during a divorce. If the settlement was kept in a separate bank account, probably you are not entitled to it. If it is commingled with marital funds, it could be marital property.
- Q. My spouse wants to buy me out of the our home. I don't want to sell because the appraised price come in ridiculously low
- A: In short - usually yes. During the equitable distribution portion of a divorce and assuming the house you are referring to was purchased during the marriage, the court typically allows 6 months to 1.5 years to refinance a mortgage on jointly owned property or otherwise have a sale. If there is a refinance, the other party is paid roughly 50% of the marital equity in the home or if there is a sale, the proceeds are divided.
- Q. With presumption of parentage if the biological father comes into the picture does he have any rights?
- A: In short, yes. As long as the child is under 21 years old, you may start a paternity proceeding to establish paternity and also have parenting time with the child depending on the circumstances.
- Q. If I am legally separated from my wife, can we still file joint tax returns?
- A: Typically you are not able to still file a joint tax return as the IRS code details: Unmarried persons. You are considered unmarried for the whole year if, on the last day of your tax year, you are either: Unmarried, or Legally separated from your spouse under a divorce or separate maintenance decree. State law governs whether you are married or legally separated under a divorce or separate maintenance decree. However, you should consult with your accountant for this question for more details.