11 Jul, 2016

There’s No Such Thing as a Gentlemen’s Agreement…and Then Some!

By | July 11th, 2016|Divorce Finances, Divorce Mediation Process, Separation Agreements|

Often when couples first begin talking about divorce, they come up with their own agreement: “I'll take this, and you’ll take that…I’ll be responsible for this, and you’ll be responsible for that.” Sometimes, they recruit a mutual friend to play makeshift mediator, and then somewhat live under the terms of the agreement they contrive. However, this agreement is unenforceable, as it is usually either a gentleman’s agreement or one written, but not signed, notarized, and acknowledged in the manner required by the (more...)

15 Jun, 2016

Will the Court Allow You to Relocate with the Children?

By | June 15th, 2016|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce and Children, Divorce Finances|

I wrote an article for the New York Women’s Bar Association. Clients and colleagues may find parts of it, which I have parsed out, useful, as it highlights trends relating to relocation issues in divorce. The judge who gave the discourse classified the recent trends and broke them down into primary factors and driving forces in the decisions rendered. It appears that Manhattan and the Bronx (both within the First Department of NYS Court jurisdiction) give heavy weight to the following factors: (more...)

20 Apr, 2016

How to Get What You Want in a Divorce

By | April 20th, 2016|Divorce Finances, Latest, Separation Agreements|

From the outset, I discuss with my clients what their bottom line is and what they are willing to negotiate on. Typically, in the beginning, the client wants everything but the kitchen sink. Over time, however, the way that bottom line ends up morphing is astounding, especially as the urgency to get relief from the situation envelops the client. Of course, the goal in litigation is to get the other side’s bottom line to morph towards you as much as possible. In (more...)

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