Today is different from the 1950s when 80 percent of adults in America were married. Now, many couples across the country, including many in New York, now choose to remain unmarried for various reasons. Whether couples choose to remain unmarried for financial reasons or in hopes of preventing the state from accessing their private affairs, there can be adverse consequences. Many of the protections offered by family law are not available for unmarried couples and their children.
Divorce is not an instantaneous process, but it does not have to drag on for an unnecessary amount of time either. There are many advantages to wrapping up a divorce in an appropriate time frame, including financial and emotional benefits. Instead of trying to hurry a divorce along, most people in New York can benefit more from focusing on not slowing it down.
Surrogacy can be a truly beautiful gift for New York couples who are struggling to conceive a child, but the family law side of things is not always as straight forward as it could be. In many instances, surrogate mothers do not actually have any biological connection to the child but still end up listed as the mother on the birth certificate. While this should typically be a straightforward fix, one family has been struggling with family law courts to have a correct birth certificate issued.
As divorce filings begin to rise toward their annual peak, some couples are still in the process of weighing the potential benefits of starting the divorce process. When couples know that a marriage is over, it is rarely valuable to hang on well past the time that a divorce is needed, but each couple will certainly have their own unique needs related to the process. It might make sense for some to plow forward into the process, while others might have understandable reservations.