Category Archives: Divorce

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton: Blurred Lines

Singer Robin Thicke and actress Paula Patton face an uncertain marital future in light of media revelations about the questionable behavior of Mr. Thicke. Celebrity or not, most marriage relationships are strained when evidence that suggests infidelity surfaces.  Last August, a raunchy stage performance between Twerking queen Miley Cyrus and Mr. Thicke raised more than… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

New York Divorce Statistics

It’s normal to feel isolated when you are facing the end of your marriage. The truth, however, is that you are far from alone. Tens of thousands of people go through divorce every year in New York State. With the help of an experienced domestic relations attorney, you can see the process through to a… Read More »

DON’T LOOK FOR DIVORCE INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET

If you are reading this, I understand you are already looking for divorce information on the internet.  Here is something you should know:  the cases and the new developments in the law that are listed on the internet are the one in ten thousand rare exception and may not apply to your particular case. For… Read More »