Posts by Carolyn Laredo
COVID-19 and Future Custody Determinations
This was written by Jeffrey Sunshine who is a Justice of the Supreme Court and the Statewide Coordinating Judge for Matrimonial Cases. At this time of an historic health emergency, strains could appear in an intact relationship, while in a fractured relationship those strains and disputes become problematic quickly. It is difficult for lawyers to…Read More
How to Maximize Your Opportunity to Achieve Success for your Client in Mediation
Step 1: Select the Appropriate Mediator Speak to the Mediator prior to scheduling to determine if there is a rapport/chemistry and find out what styles of mediation the Mediator is trained in. Inquire about or research the Mediator’s reputation Request a copy of the Mediator’s CV Does the Mediator have experience in the subject matter…Read More
Hey Employers?! … Did you meet New York State mandatory training requirements to provide sexual harassment training to your employees?
It is important for every employer in New York State and New York City to be aware of their obligations under New York State Law effective October 9, 2018. All New York State employers must provide an interactive sexual harassment prevention training to all their employees. A qualifying “employee” under this requirement includes all workers,…Read More
How do I find the best mediator? Who are the top-rated mediators near me?
If you have not been directly referred to a mediator through friends and family or a therapist, accountant or lawyer, many people use reviews on the internet. While reviews are a place to start it should not be the only way you assess who is the right mediator for your circumstances. General ratings or reviews…Read More
The Breakup of a Business Doesn’t Need to be Brutal! There is a Better Alternative: Collaborative Law
Collaborative Law is an alternative to resolving your business disputes in Court. Traditional methods of resolving conflict through litigation are not always best. Protracted litigation depletes financial resources, disrupts lives and destroys relationships. This is usually the case when individuals believe that only they are right or that the most important issue is to “win”.…Read More
Temporary Spousal Maintenance
Temporary Spousal Maintenance Factors – Domestic Relations Law DRL §236(B)(5-a)(h) (1) the age and health of the parties; (2) the present or future earning capacity of the parties, including a history of limited participation in the workforce; (3) the need of one party to incur education or training expenses; (4) the termination of a child…Read More
Equitable Distribution is the method by which the courts of New York distribute marital property. Equitable does not necessarily require an equal split. If spouses litigated the court would consider 14 factors (insert link) when deciding the split for them. In mediation, spouses can consider these factors or develop their own definition of an equitable…Read More
Post Divorce Spousal Maintenance Factors
Mediators and the Courts rely on multiple factors when determining Spousal Maintenance after a divorce. According to Domestic Relations Law Section DRL §236(B)(6)(e), those factors include: (1) the age and health of the parties; (2) the present or future earning capacity of the parties, including a history of limited participation in the workforce; (3) the…Read More
Persons who are legally married are required to provide financial support for each other. If a married person divorces in New York State the higher earning spouse may be required to pay maintenance (spousal support) to the lower earning spouse, for a specified period of time, to assist the lower earning spouse become financially independent…Read More
Why Should I Use Mediation in the Workplace?
Disputes in the workplace have the potential to cause significant damage to a business. A single major employment dispute can result in the erosion of substantial assets because of legal fees, potential jury awards, loss of productivity and negative by creating a negative impact on a business’ public image due to negative publicity and or…Read More