Divorcing XoXo Style

Any experienced matrimonial attorney who straddles the litigation and mediation spheres can attest to the general misconception that mediation is calm, smooth sailing, and hunky dory, while court cases are vicious and adversarial. This most definitely is NOT the case! At times, during mediation, spouses can be at each other's throats, while litigation cases may be quite untroubled and contained, especially with the help of skilled attorneys who can cut through the malarkey, and not take extreme and impractical positions that are (more...)

March 22nd, 2018|Divorce Mediation Process|

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The traditional “innocent until proven guilty” is often reversed in matrimonial cases. One side is intent on presenting the other side as some sort of shady character in order to gain an advantage. A lot of times, it’s used as a strategy, but the party making these accusations typically believes what they're saying. For example: Foreigners: Where parties are foreigners, there's the notion that what happens in their country of origin is not discoverable or discoverable with great cost and difficulty. A (more...)

February 27th, 2018|Divorce Finances, Divorce Mediation Process|

How Camera Shy Are You?

Courtrooms are, for the most part, open to the public, and if you spend a day in a Supreme Court matrimonial part or Family Court courtroom, you will probably learn who is (allegedly) abusive, a dead beat, a drug addict or an alcoholic as the cases on the calendar are called one by one. Many of the divorcing parties come to court dressed in their finest for the formal occasion, but as their case details unfold, they cannot clothe themselves enough to (more...)

January 19th, 2018|Divorce Mediation Process, Separation Agreements|

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