Matrimonial and Family Law Blog

Monday, August 12, 2019

How Do I Start the Divorce Process?

If you are ready to begin the divorce process, there are two important things that you need to know. Before beginning the divorce process, you need to meet the state residency requirements for divorce in New York and have at least one ground for divorce. If you do not meet the residency requirement or have a ground for divorce, you may need the assistance of a
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

I Think My Ex Is Hiding Assets - How Can I Find Them?

Locating assets that your spouse or ex is hiding to avoid splitting the assets or paying additional support can be challenging. Depending on the type of asset, there could be very little to go on when searching for the asset. For example, hiding digital currency is easy because there may be no records for the account other than the “key” which is maintained by the owner. However, there are ways to find assets a spouse or ex is trying to hide. An experienced

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

What Does It Cost to Get a Divorce in New York?

If you are contemplating ending your marriage, one of the things that might concern you is the cost to get a divorce in New York. You may have heard that it costs much more to obtain a divorce than it does to get married. For some couples, this statement could be true. However, for some couples, it could cost much less to get a divorce than it did to plan a wedding. It all depends on the circumstances.
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Divorce Checklist - What to Discuss with Your Divorce Attorney

When you are contemplating ending your marriage, there are many issues that you need to address. Meeting with a New York divorce attorney as soon as possible can help you address some of these issues and create a plan to protect your best interests and your children’s best interests during the divorce process.
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Monday, June 24, 2019

Dividing Pension Plans, IRAs and Investments During Your Divorce

Retirement accounts, including accounts owned before a couple was married, can be subject to equitable division in a New York divorce. Division of pension plans, investments, and IRAs can be complicated and vigorously litigated. To ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected, it is wise to consult a Read more . . .

Friday, May 24, 2019

What is a Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative law is a process of settling disputes without court intervention through an honest, voluntary, good-faith exchange of information between the parties involved in the dispute. The focus of the collaborative divorce process is to arrive at a solution that is beneficial for both parties and their children. In a collaborative divorce, the parties commit to working out the issues related to the divorce without litigating matters in court with the assistance of a
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

How to Manage Your Credit During a Divorce

As you prepare for divorce and go through the divorce process, there are many things that you and your New York family law lawyer will address. An often overlooked matter that can be vital to your future financial stability is your personal credit.
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Monday, April 22, 2019

What is a non-contested divorce?

New York divorce laws permit spouses to end a marriage without alleging fault or contesting any of the issues related to the marriage. The laws also allow spouses to obtain a divorce on grounds such as adultery, abuse, or abandonment without going through costly and time-consuming litigation.

A non-contested divorce or uncontested divorce is the quickest, easiest, and least costly way to end a marriage in New York.  However, that fact does not mean you do not need to consult a
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Monday, April 15, 2019

When Can a Child Choose What Parent to Live With?

It can be difficult for a child when parents divorce. Instead of living with both parents full-time, the child must split time between two homes. In some cases, a child may prefer to remain with one parent instead of the other parent. However, when does a court consider a child’s preference for living arrangements? If your child has a preference regarding custody, consulting a
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Monday, March 18, 2019

Are New York Divorce Records Public?

Most couples do not want the details of their divorce made public for anyone to view, even if the divorce was amicable. However, information about divorces in New York is typically a matter of public record. One reason for making the details of a divorce action public record is because the decisions in some divorce actions may be the basis for arguments attorneys use in future cases, especially for cases that are appealed to a higher court. If you are concerned about the details of your case being available for anyone to read, you can talk to a
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Monday, March 11, 2019

5 Things You Didn't Know About Equitable Distribution During Divorce

Issues related to equitable distribution in New York can be very confusing.  Some individuals only realize their assumptions about property division during a divorce were incorrect after they listen to the judge issue an order dividing assets. If you are unsure about the property division laws in New York, it might be beneficial to meet with a New York equitable distributions lawyer if you are contemplating a separation or divorce.

Five Things You Need to Know About Equitable Division in New York

1. Equitable Does Not Mean Equal

One of the most common misunderstandings about equitable distribution is that the parties must divide marital property equally.
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