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  •  Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce?

    While there are no set-in-stone advantages of being the spouse that initiates the divorce by filing in court, the inherent nature of being the filer, as opposed to the responder, is what makes it the more desirable position of the…

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     Is My Divorce High Net Worth?

    The term ‘High Net Worth Divorce’ is thrown around a lot, especially in the news, as we see NYC’s elite finding themselves in the midst of messy divorces. But a high net worth divorce doesn’t only correlate to the “1%”….

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     Are Assets Always Split 50/50?

    Since New York is not a “Community Property” state, most of a couple’s assets are considered to be marital property. Although they are divisible, there is hardly ever an even distribution of the assets in divorce cases. A judge will…

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     How Do You Prove A Parent Is Unfit?

    The term “unfit parent” is thrown around a lot, and is interpreted to mean different things depending on the context of its use, and the arena in which it is said. In the realm of family court, many misunderstand this…

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     Can A Prenuptial Agreement Protect Future Earnings?

    A prenuptial agreement, or “prenup”, is a tool utilized by both parties to protect their individual rights, as well as obligations, in the event of a divorce. Moreover, prenups cover the distribution and handling of property, real and personal, marital…

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     How Does Remarriage Affect Child Custody?

    When it comes to children’s living circumstances, the court holds “what is in the best interest of the child” as their most determining factor. With that in mind, parents are often worried about beginning a new romantic relationship, because they…

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     How Are Child Support Payments Made?

    As the parent ordered to make child support payments, there are multiple, acceptable forms of payment that you can submit your child support payments through. Sometimes, the Court might specify the exact method that they want the paying parent to…

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     What is a Collaborative Divorce?

    To many of those who are exploring options for divorce, Collaborative Divorce, a recent addition to the list of ways spouses can get divorced, sounds a lot like mediation. In some ways it IS like mediation, except that in a…

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     What Is Marital Abandonment?

    Otherwise known as desertion, abandonment is a very common scenario in which one of the spouses, with no apparent cause or reason, abandons the other by way of essentially getting up and leaving either the household or their spouse alone…

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     Is Alimony Taxable Or Non-Taxable?

    Many spouses who find themselves paying spousal support want to know the tax implications that are applied. In short, spousal support must be reported as taxable income by the recipient, and can be deducted by the paying spouse. Do not…

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     Can Men Receive Spousal Support?

    Because of how rigid gender roles have been in society, and how that has influenced the flow of income between men and women, women traditionally are awarded alimony in most divorces. This seemed to be typical in almost every divorce,…

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     How Does Divorce Mediation Work?

    When a married couple decides that the marriage must come to an end, they are not always destined to end up battling it out in front of a judge, with attorneys at their sides. An increasingly popular alternative is mediation,…

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     How To Survive Financially After Divorce

    The divorce process itself can take a heavy toll on your finances, but when the divorce is finalized, some think that it marks the end of their finances being drained away. Unfortunately, this is not the case at all for…

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     Top Things To Ask For In A Divorce Settlement

    A divorce isn’t just a separation of two people; it also includes a separation of their possessions and assets. By and large, most divorce “battles” are centered on the division of property, because both parties often feel entitled to what…

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     How To Win Back Custody Of Your Children

    Having your children separated from you in the wake of your divorce (an already emotionally brutal experience) can be overwhelming and traumatic. More times than not, custody decision by the court is not likely to be overturned soon after the…

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     What Is A High Net Worth Divorce?

    In order to understand what a high net-worth divorce is, it’s important to first understand what “high net-worth” is classified as. A high-net-worth individual is someone whose net-worth either exceeds $1 million or has an income that is over $200,000…

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     How To Get Out Of Spousal Support?

    In most situations, some divorces result in one spouse making steady spousal support payments to their ex-partner. After a while, many paying spouses want to get out of paying more alimony. Fortunately for them, it can be possible to make…

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     How Will Divorce Impact My Health Insurance?

    In most marriages, one spouse often is responsible for both partners, if not the entire family, through their own health insurance plan, whether it is through their job or through a personal plan. Once a divorce takes place, that health…

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     3 Most Common Divorce Myths

    Some of us know someone who in some way either has been affected by divorced or getting divorced but either way, they have a story to tell. The problem about their stories is that we accept them on face value,…

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     How Debts Are Divided In A Divorce?

    What people are most concerned about the divorce process is how assets will be divided after calculating its net worth. However, many seem to forget that debts are also accrued during the marriage as well, and are also factored into…

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     What Is A Qualified Domestic Relations Order?

    Retirement and pension funds/plans are one of the many assets that can be split between spouses as part of a property division in a divorce. A qualified domestic relations order (QDRO), is entered during the divorce, which recognizes that there…

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     How Retirement Assets Are Divided In Divorce?

    Financial decisions are an essential component of the divorce process on both sides. These include how any assets, estates, bank accounts/funds that may have been attained during the marriage, or any other financial possessions that one or both parties have…

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     How A Divorce Attorney Can Help You

    Planning and going through a divorce is extremely difficult, on both emotional and financial level; and with all the legal components of getting a divorce, a qualified attorney is retained 99.9% of the time. Not only is it important to…

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     Who Is Entitled To Spousal Support?

    When a married couple decided to get divorced, the judge will consider, and most often award spousal support otherwise known as “alimony,” to one of them. This will be decided either before the trial, where the two parties can make…

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     How To Respond To A Divorce Summons?

    If you are the recipient of a Summons/Complaint because of a pending divorce, you have twenty (20) days to respond. To respond to the summons, you must file what is known as the Answer. Usually, your attorney will draft up…

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     When Is Divorce Mediation Considered An Option?

    An alternative to taking your divorce to trial is divorce mediation, which is where you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse will decide how the marital assets are divided and other aspects of dissolving the marriage that a judge would usually preside over….

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     What Are The Grounds for Fault Divorce?

    A “fault divorce” is not very common, and most states don’t even recognize them. In the states that do recognize this type of divorce, it is defined as a spouses requesting a divorce be granted on the grounds of some…

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     Who Pays For The Divorce Costs?

    Divorce isn’t only an ugly process; it’s an expensive one, too. And not only have that, 21st-century divorces tended to last upwards of seven months to a year. And as one would imagine, many spouses cannot afford to pay their…

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     How to Choose the Right Divorce Attorney

    Choosing the right divorce attorney for your particular case is a key step in achieving the ultimate goal – to end your divorce and walk away in the best shape possible. Some attorneys are better suited for your case than…

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     Top Three Reasons Why People Get Divorced

    The “fire” in the relationship goes out. For whatever reason, it is common that the intimacy in the relationship becomes strained, and over time it seems to disappear. Although a healthy sex life with your spouse doesn’t guarantee a successful…

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     What Information Is Public If I File For Divorce

    Going through a divorce is not something we want to broadcast. Sometimes it’s not something we want people to know about, and frankly, it’s no one else’s business to a certain extent. And although there are significant confidentiality rules in…

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     How to Protect Yourself During Divorce

    Although the divorce process can be mentally and emotionally draining, it is important to remember that you are in a rather vulnerable position and that you should immediately protect yourself, your children and your personal finances as the divorce carries…

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     How Divorce Can Impact Your Credit Score

    Although we view divorce as something that not only affects us as people but also our finances, getting a divorce in and of itself will not affect your credit score or report. At least, not directly; the financial issues that…

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     10 Things To Never Do During Divorce

    As a general rule, you should really try to refrain from the following 10 detrimental, and unfortunately common, things that spouses will do during the divorce process. Do not try to use the court and your meetings with the judge…

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     What Is “Alienation of Affection?”

    An Alienation of Affection lawsuit is a civil tort claims against someone who is not your spouse, but through his or her own actions, caused a spouse to leave the other. Being a third party to the marriage, they may…

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     What Exactly Is A No-Fault Divorce?

    A no-fault divorce is the type of divorce in which a spouse files a divorce based on irreconcilable differences. The spouse who is asking for a divorce, A.K.A. the plaintiff, is not required to provide a reason for wanting the…

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