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Thursday, December 27, 2018

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in New York?


Several factors can impact how long it takes to get a divorce in New York. Some of the issues that can complicate a divorce and lengthen the time to obtain a final divorce decree include custody, property division, and spousal support. In addition, the court’s schedule can play a significant role in determining how long it takes to get a divorce in New York.

The key to obtaining a quick divorce in New York is an agreement between the parties. Spouses who can work together to resolve all divorce issues outside of court can obtain their divorce quicker compared to couples that fight over one or more divorce issues.


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Friday, December 21, 2018

Preparing for a Divorce? Follow These 7 Steps


It is never easy ending a marriage, even when you and your spouse are ending the marriage on good terms. When you are preparing for a divorce, it is important that you take certain steps to protect your legal rights and your best interests. One of the first steps you should take is to find an Read more . . .


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Should You Record Those Private Conversations With Your Ex When Going Through a Divorce?

Going through a contentious divorce can be very difficult and emotionally draining, especially if your spouse tries to play tricks or use your children against you. Your spouse says one thing to you in private conversations, but tells the attorneys, mediator, and the judge a completely different story. Is there a way for you to document your private conversations so that your spouse cannot change his or her story?


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Seven Tips to Get You Through Your Divorce Deposition

Depositions are used in all types of legal cases, including family law cases. When you a deposed, an attorney asks you a series of questions that you answer under oath. A court reporter is present to record your answers for the official transcript. Answering questions during a deposition is much like giving testimony in a courtroom. You are under oath, and your answers can be used to challenge your testimony in court if your testimony is different from the answers during your deposition.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What Types of Expert Witnesses Are Used in Divorce Cases?

Expert witnesses are usually associated with criminal cases or personal injury cases. However, expert witnesses can also be very helpful in a divorce case. When issues in a divorce case are in dispute, an expert witness can help the family court judge sort through the various opinions and allegations to get to the truth. There are many situations in which an expert witness can be valuable in a family law matter.


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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How Do I Value My Business During a Divorce?


How Do I Value My Business During a Divorce?

Business valuations are usually contentious during a divorce. The person who wants to keep the company puts a low value on it to minimize the cost to buy out the other spouse’s interest. The person who is not keeping the business wants a high value to maximize the amount of buyout received. Spouses rarely agree on the value of a business at the outset when going through a divorce. If you are in this situation, you’ll likely benefit from the assistance of a Read more . . .


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I Think My Spouse is Selling My Things - What Can I Do to Stop It?


You notice one day that some of your jewelry is missing. A few days later, your coin collection is noticeably smaller. Thanks to the security cameras, you are confident that only you and your spouse have been inside your home. The two of you have been going through some difficult times lately, and now you find yourself wondering if you should contact a Read more . . .


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Avoid Common Divorce Mistakes with A Simple Divorce Checklist


Divorce is a complex process that takes time, energy and organization. Working with an experienced family law lawyer can help you get through the most difficult parts, but getting yourself organized can help things go more smoothly and may even help you save some money while you’re at it.
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Am I Liable for Debts That My Ex Incurs After We Separate?


When going through a divorce in New York, you need to be able to anticipate your financial future. While many people focus on the assets they will retain or acquire in the process, it is equally important to evaluate the debt distribution. If you are considering divorce, you may be concerned about the debt that your ex is incurring. Seeking the advice of an experienced Read more . . .


Friday, September 15, 2017

How Do I Value My Business for Distribution Purposes During a Divorce?


When going through a divorce in New York, you will have to place a value on all your property. Since the value of assets often changes over time, the court will decide the valuation date for your assets. For example, the court may say that you must determine the value of your assets as of the date you or your spouse filed the divorce.

You and your spouse may agree on the value of some of the assets, but the value of a business is often in dispute. The spouse who wants to keep a business may want to fix a low value on it, to minimize the amount she has to pay to “buy out” her spouse’s marital interest in the asset.


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Monday, August 21, 2017

My Spouse Wants Me To Sign a Separation Agreement - I’m Not Even Sure What That Is


Things have been rocky in your relationship with your spouse. Although there were good times in the past, now there are arguments and unhappiness. One day, your spouse hands you a bunch of papers with the words “Separation Agreement” at the top of the first page. You find yourself thinking: “My spouse wants me to sign a separation agreement - I’m not even sure what that is.”

Quick answer: A separation agreement is a document that contains the terms two people have agreed to when they are amicably getting a divorce or legal separation.


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