Father holding his son up in the air.

How Do You Establish Paternity in New York?

While every child has a biological father, not every child has a legal father. Establishment of paternity is the process of determining the legal father of a child. While there is an automatic presumption in New York that a father married to the mother at the time of birth is the legal father, when the […]

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Jury selected through voir dire.

What Is Voir Dire?

The road to a criminal trial is paved with many, detailed steps along the way. Many criminal cases never see trial as a plea bargain is reached prior to any formal trial proceedings taking place. Other times, the case ends up before a jury. Who comprises this jury depends on who is summoned for jury […]

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What to Expect at a Sentencing Hearing

A sentencing hearing is where the court orders the actual penalty for a defendant. It is one of the most important steps in the criminal justice process. Sometimes, the sentence will be the result of a pre-negotiated plea deal. Other times, the sentencing will rest solely in the hands of the judge. For most criminal […]

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Is New York a 50/50 Custody State?

Is New York a 50/50 Custody State?

Child custody is one of the most, if not the most, important issues to address in a divorce case. It is also often the most contentious issue. When it comes to children, all of the emotions and stress of starting a post-divorce chapter with your family can come pouring out. It is important to understand […]

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A jury sitting in on a criminal court case.

What Happens If There Is a Mistrial Due to a Hung Jury?

A criminal trial does not always end with a guilty or a not guilty verdict. Sometimes, a mistrial is declared. A mistrial is a trial that has essentially been deemed invalid due to an error that occurred in the proceedings or because the jury was unable to reach a consensus regarding the verdict. If the […]

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The Importance of Health Care Directives in Your Estate Plan

Estate planning means so much more than drafting a will. There are other estate planning legal tools that are critical to protecting you and your family. For instance, health care directives are an important part of establishing a comprehensive estate plan that maximizes the protections available to you. Health care directives are legally binding documents […]

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Our COVID-19 Precautions and Protocol

We are living in unprecedented times. The spread of COVID-19 has had a profound impact on all of our lives. Here at CDH Law, we want to make it clear to our clients and our community that your health and well-being are our top priority. As we continue to serve our community by providing dedicated […]

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Judge holding gavel after hearing suspect's guilty plea.

What to Expect During a Guilty Plea

If you have been charged with a crime, you will have to make a very big and very serious decision. This decision is whether or not you want to enter a guilty plea. There are many factors to take into account when making this choice. Hiring a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible […]

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What Happens If My Ex Stops Paying Alimony?

Spousal maintenance, commonly referred to as “alimony,” is a court-ordered payment that one former spouse must make to the other former spouse for an amount and for a period of time established in the court order. Sometimes, the former spouse obligated to make alimony payments, the “payor” spouse, will fail to make the required payments. […]

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