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Ask these questions before you decide to get a divorce

The decision to move forward with divorce is probably one of the most difficult you'll ever have to make. However, if you're currently unhappy in your marriage and you're not getting your needs met, this decision could be one of the best you make in your life, so it's important that you don't delay. To evaluate your situation so you can tell if "it's time," you might want to ask yourself the following questions:

How does the every extended weekend child custody schedule work?

There are innumerable ways by which parents can divide their child custody time. Some parents opt for a schedule known as the "every extended weekend plan." This plan may not be appropriate for all parents because it allows one parent to always have the children on the weekends with a little bit of extra time added to the beginning and end of each weekend.

Do you need a post-divorce modification?

A "post-divorce modification" sounds like some kind of a plastic surgery procedure. Perhaps in some ways it is not that different from an operation, but the thing you're trying to change isn't your body -- it's your divorce decree. Numerous spouses find that the terms and conditions of the divorce agreements or their child custody agreements are unlawful, not based on the truth of their current situation or simply impractical. In some of these cases, it might be possible to alter the divorce decree after the fact.

Who is an 80-20 parenting time plan good for?

Perhaps the most difficult thing about child custody proceedings is the realization that your children are not going to be living with you full-time anymore. You'll have to give up your kids on certain days so they can spend with their other parent, and in some cases, you might have to give up your kids for most of the time. If you're certain that your children are best served by having one permanent home and living with you, or the other spouse, most of the time - the 80-20 parenting schedule might be good for you and your family.

Don't make these mistakes in your divorce

Imagine you're about to file for divorce, but you haven't learned very much about the process. You think you know what's ahead because you've heard about divorce from your friends and watched legal proceedings on television, Nevertheless, you could be setting yourself up for disaster if you don't seek professional assistance to help you navigate your marital dissolution.

We must share and share alike in marriage: Did your spouse cheat?

The idea that spouses share everything with one another and don't have any secrets is a beautiful concept. Indeed, you should expect no less in a healthy marriage. However, if your marriage is ending in divorce, you probably didn't have the healthiest of marital unions. It may have been downright toxic, involved extra-marital affairs and your spouse might have even lied to you. Considering how bad some marriages can be, it shouldn't be a surprise that hiding marital assets in a divorce is - although illegal - exceedingly common.

Has sexual incompatibility led to your marital breakdown?

Most couples get together and stay together because they have a sense of compatibility that goes beyond just sexual chemistry. However, if you're like most spouses, sexual chemistry probably played a big part in you getting together in the first place, so what happens when the sexual chemistry runs dry? Is it time to call the marriage quits or can you work through this difficulty?

3 tips for a long-distance parenting plan

Not all separated parents live close to one another. A sick parent, a job or some other important reason could result in the parents living on opposite sides of the country. This means that the children will usually live full-time with one parent while enjoying extended time with the other parent during holidays, like spring break, summer break, winter break and certain three-day weekends throughout the year.

Let's talk divorce: 1 thing to remember when having 'the talk'

If there's one thing we avoid the most as human beings in our interpersonal relationships, it's the truth. Many spouses avoid the elephant in the room -- the fact that their marriage needs to end -- for years before they finally muster up the courage to have ''the divorce talk.'' Obviously, the sooner you can have this talk, the sooner you can move on to the next stage of your happier life, but when you do finally decide to break the news with your spouse, there's one vital thing you need to remember.

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