Sealing Divorce Papers in New York: An Unbreakable Seal?

As you or a loved one are considering filing for divorce there are often many concerns racing through your mind. For many individuals, concerns regarding third party access to your personal divorce papers is a genuine worry. So are these papers public records? Can anyone get their hands on your most intimate details? The short answer to this question is not exactly.
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Divorcing with Children

Getting a divorce is the farthest from easy. Unfortunately, if children are involved, it makes the process a bit more difficult. Children may not understand why their parents are deciding to separate, move out, and pursue different lives. There are many different aspects to consider when getting a divorce. A few main things to consider are as followed:

  • How attached the children are to each parent;
  • Other traumatic losses that may have impacted the children;
  • The home environment and how it affects the children; and
  • Where the children will live throughout the divorce and after the divorce is finalized, among others.

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A 50/50 Plan May be In the Best Interest of the Child

Establishing a 50/50 parenting plan can be a vital part of developing a meaningful relationship with your children following a separation or divorce.   A 50/50 parenting plan can assist in making sure that both parents are equally involved with the child’s needs and interests. While a 50/50 parenting plan can be created in a multitude of ways, often the best approach to establishing the schedule is by working with a legal professional.
However, in order for the negotiation process to be successful, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
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Custody Rulings After A Divorce or Separation

Divorce proceedings can be complicated, especially when there are children involved. Generally, the terms of a divorce or separation are decided by the parents on behalf of the child(ren), such as where they will live and attend school, as well as what religious beliefs (if any) will be practiced. If both parties cannot come to an agreement about the terms of custody, the court will be required to step in to make the final decisions.
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