Can you be your own divorce attorney like Dylan McDermott?

Why not? You can be whatever you set your mind to. This may be a strange answer from a New York Divorce attorney, but I really feel that if someone feels strongly about handling their own case, they should do that, because more than likely they won’t be happy with the services of someone else, … Continue reading “Can you be your own divorce attorney like Dylan McDermott?”

Divorce in New York: I got the house. He filed bankruptcy. Now what?

Bankruptcy and Divorce in New York: When the Judgment of Divorce is not the final Word on who keeps the house So you got the house in the divorce settlement and you are ecstatic. But hold on. This may not be the end of the story. Because if your spouse goes right out and files … Continue reading “Divorce in New York: I got the house. He filed bankruptcy. Now what?”

Alec Baldwin’s book about divorce is recommended reading

Divorce in New York: I recommend A Promise to Ourselves by Alec Baldwin a non fiction work that expreses the actor’s views and advice on divorce and custody battles, based on his own experience. I feel that this book is relevant for both moms and dads with under-age children, who have experienced the loss of … Continue reading “Alec Baldwin’s book about divorce is recommended reading”

Financial crisis can lead to more divorces

A British study has found that as financial stresses increases, so do divorces. Even here in America, that is probably true.  I  see the current economic crisis that has hit the globe as one that will result in many people thinking about filing for divorce in the coming months, especially in January, right after the … Continue reading “Financial crisis can lead to more divorces”

Rolling stones adultery could cost him half his fortune

Rolling Stones veteran Ron Wood, 61, allegedly has a new mistress, Ekaterina Ivanova, a Russian club goer, 20 and his wife Jo Wood, went forthwith to her divorce attorney. They do not live in New York, alas, but in the UK. However, it seems that the UK may be a “community property” state as opposed … Continue reading “Rolling stones adultery could cost him half his fortune”

Did Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez have a prenup?

More than likely, the Rodriguezes had a pre-nuptial agreement and it was a valid one. However the fact that there was no vitriolic court trial suggests that perhaps Alex Rodriguez ponied up a bit more than what was promised in the pre nup and Cynthia’s lawyers probably advised her to take the money and run. … Continue reading “Did Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez have a prenup?”

Peter Cook was cooked by leaving a trail of his internet activities for Christie to find

  Surveillence of a spouse’s online activities is perfectly admissable in a divorce action in New York – it just depends on how you do it. It is the next big thing in the discovery process in divorce actions in New York, finding an expert who can go through the computer and find deleted files, … Continue reading “Peter Cook was cooked by leaving a trail of his internet activities for Christie to find”

New York Divorce Attorney on Christie Brinkley’s husband’s Barbara Walters tell all

Back in 2006, I was contacted by the celebrity gossip rag Star Magazine to weigh in on the Christie Brinkley/Peter Cook divorce. At the time they were asking about whether the fact that he had had an affair with a teenager would impact the equitable distribution in the Marriage. I expressed that I doubted his … Continue reading “New York Divorce Attorney on Christie Brinkley’s husband’s Barbara Walters tell all”

New York Divorce Attorney on the antagonistic and bitter divorce battles can…

Antagonistic and bitter divorce battles can really cloud people’s judgment Just this evening I read a news report on Yahoo about a couple who got divorced in Cambodia and so bitter and antagonistic was the split, that the wife claims her husband “brought his relatives and used saws to cut the house in half.” The … Continue reading “New York Divorce Attorney on the antagonistic and bitter divorce battles can…”

Does filing bankruptcy eliminate the obligation to pay maintenance, alimony and child support?

Divorce in New York: What is the impact of filing Bankruptcy after a divorce? Well, in these financial times, this issue is important. There are going to be more people who are filing bankruptcy, foreclosing on mortgages, losing all the value in stock accounts, losing jobs, and otherwise losing all their assets. This is bad … Continue reading “Does filing bankruptcy eliminate the obligation to pay maintenance, alimony and child support?”

I don’t want my former spouse to take my child out of the country!

Child Custody and Visitation: Can the court order my spouse to visit with the child in the United States and not take the child to a foreign country? The short answer is the court can do whatever the court wants. But as a general rule, the court will not restrict visitation to the United States, … Continue reading “I don’t want my former spouse to take my child out of the country!”

I want more alimony. Can I get it?

ALIMONY: Can I get more alimony/child support after the divorce is signed? Conversely, as the spouse who pays alimony/child support, can my obligations be reduced? Usually, alimony is awarded where one spouse is significantly more financially fit than the other spouse. Alimony these days is usually limited in duration unless, after a lengthy marriage, the … Continue reading “I want more alimony. Can I get it?”

New York Divorce: Who will get custody?

Divorce and Custody in New York: Who will get custody? In determining who will be awarded custody of under-age children, the court will look to what is in the child’s “best interest.” What does that mean? Well, it means different things to different people but basically, the questions asked are: who can provide for the … Continue reading “New York Divorce: Who will get custody?”

Attorneys Fees and how to get them in a New York Divorce action

It is a common scenario. A client comes to my office and is seeking a divorce. One of the first questions is: Can you get my husband to pay my attorneys fees? The answer to that is usually, “it depends.” In New York a party in a divorce action can get attorneys fees if their … Continue reading “Attorneys Fees and how to get them in a New York Divorce action”

QDRO: What does it mean?

Equitable Distribution in New York: What is a QDRO? A New York Divorce attorney explains QDRO is an acronym for Qualified Domestic Relations Order. A qualified domestic relations order is an order of the court directing certain action by the retirement plan or parties in a divorce action. A qualified domestic relations order can relate … Continue reading “QDRO: What does it mean?”