19 Jan, 2018

How Camera Shy Are You?

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

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...)

24 Oct, 2017

When Love and Marriage Don’t Go Together like a Horse and Carriage….What’s Left?

By | October 24th, 2017|Divorce Finances, Separation Agreements|

Marriage is inherently deemed an economic partnership, according to the law, and upon its dissolution, the accumulated assets and interests are to be distributed on the basis of the economic needs and circumstances of the parties. Equitable distribution in New York is fact specific, and not a 50/50 split, like it is in the community property states, such as California, Arizona, Nevada, and Alaska. (There are 9 community property states in total.) Much is left to judicial discretion in this neck of (more...)

26 Apr, 2017

Help! Is My Attorney in Bed With My Ex’s Attorney?!

By | April 26th, 2017|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce Mediation Process, Separation Agreements|

On several occasions, I have been the incoming attorney where the client did not trust the attorney they initially retained, because they felt that attorney was in bed with their ex’s attorney, so to speak. They had observed the two attorneys — opposing counsel to one another on the given case — engage in overly friendly behavior and banter in the court hallways and overheard their attorney cutting deals and verbally committing to settlement agreements to the opposing counsel that they had not (more...)

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