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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, 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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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

What are the Legal Grounds for Divorce in New York?


Some states require a spouse to claim one or more grounds for divorce to end a marriage. Grounds are “reasons” for the divorce. Other states have adopted a no-fault divorce process whereby one spouse can end the marriage for any reason. New York has chosen to combine the reasons for a divorce. Our
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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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