LiveHelp Chat feature is gaining traction on Family Court website

LawHelpNY and the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program are excited to announce an important new service to New Yorkers navigating the Family Court system. The organizations have partnered to provide help via LiveHelp, a live chat program run by LawHelpNY, to visitors on the Families and Children pages of CourtHelp (www.nycourthelp.gov), the … Read moreLiveHelp Chat feature is gaining traction on Family Court website

Uncontested Divorce DIY Forms

Get acquainted with the basics of “No Fault Divorce,” with the video below. If your divorce is “uncontested” (see the definition in the link) you can use the NY Court System’s Uncontested Divorce self-help form to produce divorce papers that you can file in court. Click on the accompanying video that explains this form. Follow … Read moreUncontested Divorce DIY Forms

Power Of Attorney Explained

What’s “durable” about a durable power of attorney? If someone has signed a power of attorney, the document is usually a “durable power of attorney.”  It’s not that the document is printed on sheets of titanium.  Rather, “durable” refers to what happens when the principal becomes incapacitated: Nothing.  A durable power of attorney goes into … Read morePower Of Attorney Explained

Pursuing Adoption in New York

Different circumstances may lead individuals and families to consider adoption.  The legal adoption process gives the adopting party the same rights and responsibilities of natural parents.  The child (or adult) being adopted takes the same last name as the adopting parents, and has the same rights and privileges as if she or he had been … Read morePursuing Adoption in New York

Need Help with an Uncontested Divorce?

Legal Clinics Are Available to Help Low-Income New Yorkers with Uncontested Divorce Program Photo Credit: findingthenow via Compfight cc   The Uncontested Divorce Program New Yorkers who are getting a divorce may consider using the New York State Court’s uncontested divorce program. The program allows individuals to fill out Do-It-Yourself (“DIY”) forms to get a divorce … Read moreNeed Help with an Uncontested Divorce?

Child Support in New York: The Basics

  Photo Credit: Dietmar Temps via Compfight cc Who has to pay child support? Under New York State law, biological and adoptive parents are required to support their children financially. Whether or not the parents have lived together or were married, they are obligated to pay child support until the child turns 21 years old, … Read moreChild Support in New York: The Basics