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Prenups Are Not Just for the Wealthy

George and Ginny had a great marriage, with an extended family to whom they wanted to leave everything when they passed. Unfortunately, Ginny was then diagnosed with cancer. She began to worry: What could happen if she died before George did, and George remarried? Or vice versa? What if the second spouse started pushing to […]

The Tax Implications of Split Custody for a Qualifying Dependent

Child custody matters are complex and affect many different aspects of life following a couple’s divorce or legal separation. For example, if ex-spouses agree on split custody of a qualifying dependent, the amount of taxes each person pays may change. This is because claiming a child as a dependent can result in significant tax deductions […]

Top FAQ About Alimony and Divorce Settlements

When it comes to divorce, one of the most important legal concepts to fully understand is alimony. Alimony is what helps ex-spouses get by financially after a divorce, but there are many factors that go into the monetary amount of alimony in NY and how long alimony payments continue. Here are the top frequently asked […]

10 Things NOT to Do During a Divorce

Depending on how things are handled, a divorce can go smoothly or be quite difficult even with the very best New York City divorce lawyer on your side. When you want the former, there are some things you must avoid doing because they cause the divorce proceedings to drag on for months or even worse […]

What is an Emotional Affair?

When thinking about types of affairs that can ruin a marriage, many people immediately think of physical ones that involve sex. While those can surely lead to divorce, an emotional affair can be just as damaging if not more so. An emotional affair is basically an affair of the heart. You may not be sleeping […]

Can I Go to Jail for Not Paying Child Support?

If you have not been paying child support, you may be worried about going to jail. This is a  possibility. There is a wide range of penalties one can face, and jail time may occur in extreme cases. Read on to learn about jail time and other methods of child support enforcement. Some parents go […]

What is Wasteful Dissipation?

When a person mismanages money and assets in such a way that he or she spends everything and the other spouse gets nothing, this is called wasteful dissipation. There are plenty of ways in which a spouse could easily spend all the money he or she has so that the other party gets nothing. One […]

Who is Responsible for Debt in a Divorce?

You and your spouse have decided to get a divorce. You may be concerned about who is getting the house or maybe the cars. Can you keep the furniture? Assets are often a major concern, but there is something else you need to worry about – debt. Unfortunately, debt does not go away when you […]

What is a Settlement Agreement in a Divorce?

When hearing about a family member, friend, or celebrity go through the divorce process, you may come across the term “marital settlement agreement.” What is this and is it required? A marital settlement agreement, also known as a Stipulation of Settlement, is required in New York when a couple decides to go through an uncontested […]

Same-Sex Divorce Laws in New York

In May 2004, Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, a huge victory for marriage equality for all. However, not all states made same sex-marriage legal. Of course, marriage often leads to divorce, which meant that a same-sex couple could only divorce in certain states. It led to a lot of complications and […]