Recent Blog Posts

Almost Done: Documents to Update After Divorce

When your divorce is finalized, it’s time to update some key documents. These include:  Social Security: If you changed your name when you got married, you can regain your married name and obtain a new Social Security card through the Social Security Administration. If you are middle-aged or older upon divorce, inform yourself about Social… Read More »

$399.00 One Signature Divorces: Classic Bait and Switch

After handling over 15,000 divorces over the last 18 years I am confronted with billboards in New York City and advertisements touting “$399.00 uncontested-no signature required” divorces.  How is this possible?  After all of the research and contacting most all of the places that advertise these “too good to be true” fees, I have come… Read More »

The Effect of Divorce on Children

During divorce the lives of children are turned upside-down. Their relationships with parents are permanently changed. Understanding the effect of divorce on your children may help them, and you, in the future.  Children of all ages are at risk from the upheaval caused by divorce. Although parents might understand they will get through divorce intact,… Read More »

When Separate Property Is Not Separate

Division of property is a hotly debated topic in many divorces. A recent Appellate Division case defined an instance when separate property is not actually separate property.  In New York, the assets and debt of the marital estate are subject to equitable distribution during divorce. When couples cannot agree on how to distribute their property,… Read More »

A Matter of Opinion: The Use of Experts in New York Divorce Matters

Is the family business profitable or broke? During a divorce, sometimes the only opinion that matters is one provided by an expert.  As it turns out, many of our clients benefit from the appropriate use of experts during their divorce proceedings. New York law allows courts to require payment of fees for legal counsel and… Read More »

Ready, Set…Mediate

Your marriage is over and you want to save money and time and prevent the emotional trouble many people experience during a divorce. Mediation seems like a good option. What should you do?  Mediation is an informal process that is usually less expensive than other methods of divorce, including the collaborative divorce process and litigation…. Read More »

New York Court Awards Attorney Fees Against Husband Living in Parallel Universe

In a scathing opinion, the New York Supreme Court, Westchester County, recently awarded a woman $53,000 in legal fees for representation during her divorce matter.  Decided in December 2013, the case of Medina v. Medina offers insight into the viewpoint of the court when dealing with protracted matrimonial litigation. In this matter, a long divorce… Read More »

Loose Lips Could Sink Settlement for Mel Gibson Girlfriend

A few slipped sentences to radio host Howard Stern could spell a significant financial loss for Oksana Grigorieva, the former girlfriend of actor Mel Gibson.  A Russian pianist and singer, Oksana Grigorieva gained household recognition in the United States as the girlfriend of actor Mel Gibson. When the relationship soured, allegations and audio recordings emerged… Read More »

Mediation: A Lot to Gain, Not Much to Lose

Mediation is a popular process for getting through divorce on decent terms with your spouse. Using mediation can protect your children and your wallet from the effects of a contentious litigated divorce. What are the pros and cons of divorce mediation?  Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) intended to create a low-conflict… Read More »

Professional Degrees as Property in a Divorce

When a spouse earns a professional degree or license during a marriage, that spouse’s increased earning potential is marital property subject to equitable distribution in New York. Experience has shown, however, that the principle is far easier to articulate than to execute. Consequently, recent reform efforts are aimed at eliminating that section of the law…. Read More »