Monthly Archives: February 2016

Snooping or Spying on Your Spouse Can Get You in Trouble

While extramarital affairs and other conduct that can lead to a divorce happen IRL (“in real life,” in Internet parlance), the evidence that can confirm or prove such activities can be found in cyberspace or in our ubiquitous electronic devices. Information contained on cell phones, laptops, tablets, social media accounts, texts, and e-mail can be…
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Filing Tax Returns During Divorce: Joint or Separate?

Tax season is here. You’re looking backwards over the past year trying to figure out how much you owe the government and how to take advantage of as many deductions as possible. If you’re in the process of deducting your spouse from your life, it can raise a lot of questions that can complicate your…
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What Can I Do If My Former Spouse Keeps Badmouthing Me in Front of Our Child?

“Your father is a worthless loser.” “Your mother is a horrible b**tch.” For children going through or living in the aftermath of divorce, hearing these types of offensive statements from one of their parents can have a lasting and devastating impact. It can color their view of the disparaged parent, creating distance, suspicion, or mistrust.…
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How are Retirement Benefits Divided in a New York Divorce?

You plan for your future and invest in your pension for your retirement. But, when your future no longer involves your spouse, what happens to those retirement benefits that were to be used for your mutual golden years? Quite simply, all retirement benefits earned during the marriage are divided pursuant to New York’s equitable distribution…
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No Takebacks: You Can’t Revoke Your Divorce in New York

People change their minds all the time. You have likely known (or been part of) a couple who have broken up only to get back together. But, if you get divorced in New York, and you and your former spouse have decided to reconcile, can you get your judgment of divorce vacated as if it…
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Special Concerns for Divorces Involving Kids with Special Needs

Divorce is hard for almost all children. It can be traumatic and confusing in even the best of circumstances. But for children with special needs, divorce can be even more difficult. And for the parents of special needs children, divorce requires strategizing to make sure that arrangements are made to adequately address the children’s ongoing…
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Your Social Media Posts Can Be Used Against You in Custody Decisions

As reported in the tabloids, Madonna is apparently involved in a nasty child custody dispute with her ex-husband, director Guy Ritchie. The Material Girl is involving the world in her dispute, posting details about it social media and seeking the attention of her estranged son as well as support from fans. I have written many…
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6 Key Elements of a New York Parenting Plan

When childless couples divorce, they have a luxury that divorcing parents don’t have: they don’t have to deal with each other ever again. But parents who wish to play meaningful roles in their children’s lives have to continue interacting on a regular basis. If you do not have a well-crafted parenting plan, these interactions can…
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What Happens When One Divorcing Spouse Doesn’t Have a Lawyer?

You’ve likely heard the old adage that he who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client. If your soon-to-be-former spouse decides to act like a fool and not retain a lawyer, what impact will that have on your divorce case? To be fair, it may be the case that your spouse’s…
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