Q&A: I Believe My Spouse Hid Assets During Our Divorce. Can I Get Her Tax Returns Post-Judgment?

“My wife was a high paying executive and I think she hid money when we divorced. Can I get her tax returns post-judgment? If so, how? And what am I looking for exactly? And where do I look for it?” This is a very good question. I am not a tax expert by any means. … Continue reading “Q&A: I Believe My Spouse Hid Assets During Our Divorce. Can I Get Her Tax Returns Post-Judgment?”

Q&A: Are Lottery Winnings Marital Property When You are Living in Separate Homes?

Can you get a slice of your spouse’s lottery winnings even when you are living separately? Usually, yes. Lottery winnings would be marital property. It does not matter if you are living in separate homes – unless you have a separation agreement or a prenup that specifically speaks to this issue of lottery winnings or … Continue reading “Q&A: Are Lottery Winnings Marital Property When You are Living in Separate Homes?”

Q&A: How Often Do Different Parenting Styles Lead To Divorce?

Sometimes, two people (or three, or four) just have different philosophies about how to raise children and sometimes, these styles are not only incompatible, they are combustible. On occasion, this even leads to so much conflict, that divorce is the only logical conclusion. How were you supposed to know beforehand that you would see things … Continue reading “Q&A: How Often Do Different Parenting Styles Lead To Divorce?”

Q&A: What is the Average Cost of a Divorce in USA?

Which is more expensive? Divorces or Weddings? That really depends. For most uncontested divorces in New York where there are no children and property, it is possible to find a lawyer who would do the paperwork for under $500 dollars. Is this an average? Yes and no. When the experts talk about “averages” they are … Continue reading “Q&A: What is the Average Cost of a Divorce in USA?”

Divorce Bullies: Lawyers, Judges, Courts & Exes Can Make You Feel Intimidated During the Divorce Process

No matter where in the world you are getting divorced, you can find yourself facing a divorce bully. Bullies are omnipresent in every walk of life. Bullies are born and bullies are bred. Bullies make your life a living, miserable hell. And when you are going through divorce, it is no different. In fact, you … Continue reading “Divorce Bullies: Lawyers, Judges, Courts & Exes Can Make You Feel Intimidated During the Divorce Process”

Q&A: What is the Difference Between Parallel Parenting and Co-parenting?

Parallel Parenting vs Co-parenting My understanding is that parallel parenting is a form of co-parenting but co-parenting is more than just parallel parenting. For example, coparenting could mean just joint custody and sharing both legal and physical responsibility for minor children – whether 50/50 or in any other ratio – after a divorce has occurred, and … Continue reading “Q&A: What is the Difference Between Parallel Parenting and Co-parenting?”

Q&A: Is it Possible to Get a Portion of my Spouse’s Inheritance if we Divorce or Separate?

DIVORCE & INHERITANCE: The short answer is, it depends. Normally, the rule in the U.S., I believe in all the states is that inheritances are separate property. So the fact that you were married for 40 years and your spouse cheated causing your divorce would not be itself enable you to reap a part of the $30 million … Continue reading “Q&A: Is it Possible to Get a Portion of my Spouse’s Inheritance if we Divorce or Separate?”

8 Myths and Misconceptions About Divorce

8 Myths and Misconceptions about divorce That there was something fundamentally “wrong” with one of you to have caused the divorce. Not necessarily. It could be that you were meant to be just friends and that being married just wasn’t the right set up. The two of you could have been perfectly perfect. Just for … Continue reading “8 Myths and Misconceptions About Divorce”

Q&A: I am Considering Divorce Mediation. What Should I look for in a Divorce Mediator?

A Checklist for Choosing a Divorce Mediator When you go through divorce, sometimes you may prefer to go the mediation route than the litigation or court route. This is for a number of reasons including the fact that there is a lot more privacy with divorce mediation than in open court. It is also a … Continue reading “Q&A: I am Considering Divorce Mediation. What Should I look for in a Divorce Mediator?”

On Divorcing a Frenchman (or woman) in France

How to Divorce A French Guy in a French Court Have you committed the cardinal sin of falling in love with and marrying a Frenchman you met on the Champs Elysées? Are you American, Canadian, English or other anglophone? Do you live in France and now need to get a divorce? Well, the first bad news is … Continue reading “On Divorcing a Frenchman (or woman) in France”

Q&A: Can You Get Your Divorce Judge Fired From Your Divorce Case or Removed From the Bench Completely?

Let’s face it. Not every divorce judge is a Divorce Saloon Titan. I think under certain rarefied circumstances either one or both of those options – fire or remove – is possible. But it is extremely rare to get a judge removed. You can get a judge fired if you can show gross misconduct. For … Continue reading “Q&A: Can You Get Your Divorce Judge Fired From Your Divorce Case or Removed From the Bench Completely?”

Q&A: Are Private Family Law Judges Only for Rich People and Celebrities?

What is the deal with private divorce judges? Are they just for rich people? In a word, I would say that it sort of works out to be the case. It is not that the system is designed that only rich people and celebrity are entitled to that level of privacy but in practice, who … Continue reading “Q&A: Are Private Family Law Judges Only for Rich People and Celebrities?”

Q&A: Can You Write a Letter to Your Divorce Judge to Explain Something You Think the Judge Misunderstood?

Again, in most circumstances, if the judge has already ruled on your case, it will be a difficult undertaking to get the judge to reconsider with a letter.

Again, in most circumstances, if the judge has already ruled on your case, it will be a difficult undertaking to get the judge to reconsider with a letter.

Q&A: Are Parenting Classes Mandatory After Divorce?

Research has shown that there are a number of ways that parents harm their children or inappropriately trap their children in the middle of their conflicts.

Research has shown that there are a number of ways that parents harm their children or inappropriately trap their children in the middle of their conflicts.

Q&A: Under President Trump Could Marriage Equality Get Rolled Back to Pre OBERGEFELL ET AL. v. HODGES?

In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that gay people have equal right to marry as straight people in America in the case Obergefell v Hodges. Thus, today, marriage equality is the law of the land in the United States and gay people not only have the right to marry and for … Continue reading “Q&A: Under President Trump Could Marriage Equality Get Rolled Back to Pre OBERGEFELL ET AL. v. HODGES?”