People who are legally married to each other are required to support each other, when necessary. You may be able to get spousal support or maintenance, even if you are working, if you really need it and your spouse or ex-spouse can afford it.
If you receive public assistance in the form of cash, you give up your right to receive spousal support or maintenance directly from your spouse or ex-spouse to the Human Resources Administration (HRA) in New York City. The Department of Social Services (DSS) used to be the agency that collected spousal support and maintenance, so you may hear people still refer to DSS. In the rest of the state, the agency that collects spousal support and maintenance is the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
WHAT IS GUARDIANSHIP?
A guardian is a person or an agency that the court gives authority to be responsible for a child’s care. The Family Court may grant guardianship of a child 18 years of age or younger, or of an 18-21 year old with the young person’s consent. Guardianship is similar to custody and to adoption: a person petitions to care for and be legally responsible for a child.
An adult relative, family friend, or a child protective agency may petition the court to be appointed the child’s guardian. Guardianship is the most extensive power, short of adoption, that a court can give a non-parent. It is not a permanent relationship; it ends automatically when the child reaches 18 years of age (21 if the child consents) or when the child marries or dies. The child’s guardian can, among other things, obtain or consent to medical, educational, and mental health services; consent to marriage; consent to enlistment in the armed services; and consent to the inspection and release of confidential medical records.
A mechanics lien is a legal claim against, or security interest in, your property that, if unpaid, allows a foreclosure action, forcing the sale of your home to satisfy any project debts. The lien claim is led in a county recorder’s or clerk-recorder’s office by an unpaid contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or worker.
The prime contractor has a direct, contractual agreement with the homeowner. If the contractor isn’t paid, he or she can sue on the contract and/or record a mechanics lien. But subcontractors, workers and suppliers don’t have a contract with the homeowner. A problem can occur when the homeowner pays the prime contractor for all or some of the work, but the prime contractor fails to pay the laborers, subcontractors, and materials suppliers that were hired to do portions of the job. If they are not paid, often their only recourse is to file a mechanics lien on the property.
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