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December 2014 Archives

What are the types of child custody and visitation?

In New York divorce cases, the two primary types of child custody that are ordered by the court are legal and physical. Legal custody gives the parent of a child the right to make important decisions related to the child. These important decisions include medical care, education and religion. Physical custody determines with which parent the child resides.

The downward trend of divorce rates

New York couples might find it heartening that, contrary to popular belief, half of all marriages in the United States do not end in divorce, reportedly. Recent data shows that the divorce rate has declined steadily since hitting its peak in the early 1980s. If the decline continues at its current rate, nearly two-thirds of married couples will make the union work, authorities say.

What are the grounds for divorce in New York?

Couples seeking a divorce in New York may be interested to know that the law lists seven particular grounds that may result in divorce. They are: cruel and inhuman treatment, imprisonment, abandonment, adultery, living separately due to a court decree, living separately due to a separation agreement and "no-fault divorce."