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  • Social Media & Divorce: What You Need to Know

    The divorce process can be emotionally overwhelming, and it’s only natural to discuss your feelings and challenges with close friends, family, or even co-workers. However, confiding in your best friend over a cup of coffee or bottle of wine is very different than sharing your divorce details with 400 Facebook friends, many of whom are old classmates, co-workers, neighbors, and people you haven’t ...
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  • Can Children Choose in Staten Island Custody Cases?

    If you are a parent who is headed for divorce and your children are under 18 and still at home, one of your top concerns may be child custody. For some couples, child custody isn’t an issue, but for others it’s the biggest issue. For example, when the father travels a lot for his job and his wife is an elementary school teacher. Obviously, she is the wiser choice and the children will live with ...
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  • Financial Advice for Divorcing Spouses

    Experience has proven to us that if the financial aspects of divorce were less daunting for people, there is a strong possibility that unhappy spouses wouldn’t delay their divorce as much as some of them do. In fact, some spouses will extend their misery for years because they don’t want to confront dividing their marital assets, putting their house on the market , and having to pay spousal ...
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  • Should I Keep the House in the Divorce?

    If you’re getting a divorce and you and your spouse own a home, there is a good possibility the marital home is the most valuable asset of your marriage considering the high cost of housing in the area. As of this writing, a modest 3-bedroom Staten Island home can run upwards of $600,000, where that same home would run about $150,000 outside of Buffalo and in many other parts of the country. ...
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  • Social Media & Divorce: What You Need to Know

    The divorce process can be emotionally overwhelming, and it’s only natural to discuss your feelings and challenges with close friends, family, or even co-workers. However, confiding in your best friend over a cup of coffee or bottle of wine is very different than sharing your divorce details with 400 Facebook friends, many of whom are old classmates, co-workers, neighbors, and people you haven’t ...
    Continue Reading
  • How Property is Divided in a Staten Island Divorce

    When a Staten Island couple decides to end their marriage, soon they will have to determine how they are going to divide their property and debts. If there was a well-drafted prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, the method of property division will be contained therein. In the absence of a prenuptial agreement, property division can take one of two paths: 1) the couple can collaborate until they ...
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  • Divorce and Beneficiaries: Removing Former Spouses from Policies

    Life after a divorce comes with many challenges, one of which can be determining if your former spouse still is listed as the beneficiary of the life insurance policy or annuity. In the shuffle of divorce, it is easy to lose track of this and neglect to change the designated beneficiary of the life insurance policy. Many states do not require automatic removal of an ex-spouse from a life insurance ...
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  • New NY Spousal Maintenance Law & Prenuptial Agreements

    Last year, New York passed legislation that made major changes to how the courts calculate and determine spousal maintenance (or alimony). For many, these changes are a welcome adjustment that finally recognizes the changing American family dynamics and makes alimony negotiations less predatory. For other couples, especially those dealing with major assets and significant income, the new laws can ...
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  • Social Media & Divorce: What You Need to Know

    The divorce process can be emotionally overwhelming, and it’s only natural to discuss your feelings and challenges with close friends, family, or even co-workers. However, confiding in your best friend over a cup of coffee or bottle of wine is very different than sharing your divorce details with 400 Facebook friends, many of whom are old classmates, co-workers, neighbors, and people you haven’t ...
    Continue Reading
  • How Property is Divided in a Staten Island Divorce

    When a Staten Island couple decides to end their marriage, soon they will have to determine how they are going to divide their property and debts. If there was a well-drafted prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, the method of property division will be contained therein. In the absence of a prenuptial agreement, property division can take one of two paths: 1) the couple can collaborate until they ...
    Continue Reading
  • Divorce and Beneficiaries: Removing Former Spouses from Policies

    Life after a divorce comes with many challenges, one of which can be determining if your former spouse still is listed as the beneficiary of the life insurance policy or annuity. In the shuffle of divorce, it is easy to lose track of this and neglect to change the designated beneficiary of the life insurance policy. Many states do not require automatic removal of an ex-spouse from a life insurance ...
    Continue Reading
  • Financial Advice for Divorcing Spouses

    Experience has proven to us that if the financial aspects of divorce were less daunting for people, there is a strong possibility that unhappy spouses wouldn’t delay their divorce as much as some of them do. In fact, some spouses will extend their misery for years because they don’t want to confront dividing their marital assets, putting their house on the market , and having to pay spousal ...
    Continue Reading
  • Can a Spouse Get Maintenance if They Work?

    If you live on Staten Island and you are headed towards divorce , certainly you’re going to have a lot of questions. What should you do with the house? What will happen to the children (where applicable)? Can the lower-earning spouse be awarded spousal support and maintenance if they have a job? These are all very good questions indeed. For the purpose of this post, we are going to address whether ...
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  • Should I Keep the House in the Divorce?

    If you’re getting a divorce and you and your spouse own a home, there is a good possibility the marital home is the most valuable asset of your marriage considering the high cost of housing in the area. As of this writing, a modest 3-bedroom Staten Island home can run upwards of $600,000, where that same home would run about $150,000 outside of Buffalo and in many other parts of the country. ...
    Continue Reading
  • Financial Advice for Divorcing Spouses

    Experience has proven to us that if the financial aspects of divorce were less daunting for people, there is a strong possibility that unhappy spouses wouldn’t delay their divorce as much as some of them do. In fact, some spouses will extend their misery for years because they don’t want to confront dividing their marital assets, putting their house on the market , and having to pay spousal ...
    Continue Reading
  • Can a Spouse Get Maintenance if They Work?

    If you live on Staten Island and you are headed towards divorce , certainly you’re going to have a lot of questions. What should you do with the house? What will happen to the children (where applicable)? Can the lower-earning spouse be awarded spousal support and maintenance if they have a job? These are all very good questions indeed. For the purpose of this post, we are going to address whether ...
    Continue Reading
  • Social Media & Divorce: What You Need to Know

    The divorce process can be emotionally overwhelming, and it’s only natural to discuss your feelings and challenges with close friends, family, or even co-workers. However, confiding in your best friend over a cup of coffee or bottle of wine is very different than sharing your divorce details with 400 Facebook friends, many of whom are old classmates, co-workers, neighbors, and people you haven’t ...
    Continue Reading
  • Financial Advice for Divorcing Spouses

    Experience has proven to us that if the financial aspects of divorce were less daunting for people, there is a strong possibility that unhappy spouses wouldn’t delay their divorce as much as some of them do. In fact, some spouses will extend their misery for years because they don’t want to confront dividing their marital assets, putting their house on the market , and having to pay spousal ...
    Continue Reading
  • Should I Keep the House in the Divorce?

    If you’re getting a divorce and you and your spouse own a home, there is a good possibility the marital home is the most valuable asset of your marriage considering the high cost of housing in the area. As of this writing, a modest 3-bedroom Staten Island home can run upwards of $600,000, where that same home would run about $150,000 outside of Buffalo and in many other parts of the country. ...
    Continue Reading