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Monday, October 8, 2018

What Happens To A Business In a New York Divorce?

A business is considered an asset in a New York divorce proceeding. Unless you can prove that the business is not a marital asset, your business is subject to the equitable property division laws in New York. Equitable division refers to a division of property that is “fair” which may or may not be equal. Therefore, your spouse could receive a smaller or larger percentage of ownership in the business depending on the other factors in your case.

Because a business can complicate a property division case, it is important to retain the services of skilled New York divorce lawyers. Our New York equitable distribution lawyers have experience representing clients who own and operate businesses that were obtained during a marriage, inherited, or acquired before the marriage. We carefully weigh all options with our clients to determine the best course of action to take that provides the best protection of our clients’ best interests when dividing a business during a divorce proceeding.


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Friday, September 7, 2018

Seven Questions You Should Ask Before Getting Divorced

Couples ask each other many questions while they are dating. Talking and getting to know each other is one of the important factors in a strong, stable relationship. When couples get engaged, they continue to ask questions about their preferences and goals for the future. However, many couples do not invest the same amount of time or attention in asking questions before getting divorced. Our


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Six Questions You'll Want to Consider Before Committing to Divorce Mediation

In some cases, a divorce action can be settled without lengthy and costly court litigation. Through mediation, the parties settle the issues related to the divorce action so that all they need is a judge to approve the settlement and grant the divorce. In many cases, divorce mediation produces a better outcome than a trail because each party can negotiate terms that are best for their family.


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Five Tips for Avoiding Divorce

As New York marital agreement lawyers, we see couples in our offices who want to protect their relationship by entering a prenup or premarital agreement. While some people assume prenups are about protecting assets and avoiding costly divorce proceedings, premarital agreements accomplish so much more.


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Monday, April 30, 2018

Seven Reasons You Should Have a Postnup

If you did not enter into a prenup or pre-marital agreement, it is not too late for you to protect yourself, your children, and your assets. Couples who are already married may enter into a postnup or post-nuptial agreement. A post-marital agreement can serve the same purposes as a pre-marital agreement. Our


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Legal Separation or Divorce


Everyone enters a new marriage with excitement and anticipation. From the first date to the final song at the reception, the happy couple is thrilled to be together and can’t wait for what the future holds. Unfortunately, sometimes that future isn’t so bright.

About half of all marriages in this country fail. It’s never an easy decision to end a marriage.
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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 . . .


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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Friday, May 12, 2017

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders - What They Mean for You


When you and your spouse divorce, the assets either of you reserves for your retirement years can be divided proportionally after divorce. A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) exists for this exact purpose.

If you are going through a divorce and want your spouse’s retirement account included as part of marital property, call a New York divorce lawyer to file for a QDRO to help you do just that.

What Is a QDRO?

A QDRO is a court order authorizing the distribution of a pension or retirement benefit to an alternate payee such as a former spouse. It authorizes the distribution of property in the form of your former spouse’s retirement pension, together with any tax-deferred retirement fund such as 401k, 403b, KEOGH and TSP plans.


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