Recent Posts in Divorce Category

  • Tax Effects of Alimony in New York

    Given the fact that the end of the year is around the corner, divorcing spouses are curious to know, “How does alimony affect my taxes?” Here in New York, we refer (alimony) payments to one’s spouse as spousal support and spousal maintenance respectively. During a separation, the payments are called “spousal maintenance.” Any such payments made after the divorce are called spousal maintenance ...
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  • How to Prepare for Divorce

    It’s the general consensus that divorce is a stressful and overwhelming event. If you have decided to end your marriage, or if your spouse has made the decision to go your separate ways, you’re probably wondering what first steps you should take to get through this major life transition as painlessly and amicably as possible. We wanted to compile a list of some of our most insightful tips that ...
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  • Spousal Maintenance in New York

    If you are headed toward divorce , you’re going to have a lot of questions, and one specifically: “Will I be ordered to pay spousal support?” or “Will my spouse be ordered to pay alimony?” For starters, we want to explain the difference between spousal support and spousal maintenance in New York, which some states refer to as “alimony.” In New York, spousal support is paid on an as-needed basis ...
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  • Parental Relocations in New York

    If you are a parent who’s headed toward divorce on Staten Island, there’s something we want you to know: Things change after a divorce and often, such changes will be significant enough that one or both parents will head back to court. Child custody is no exception. Suppose you have two children with your spouse and one of you is seeking a divorce. Once the divorce is finalized, there is a very ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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