Separation is an option for couples who may not be ready to divorce but want to live apart and set up separate households. New York law permits legal separation either pursuant to a judgment of separation or a separation agreement. When drafting a separation agreement, the parties need to engage in … [Read more...] about 4 Strategies to Help You Efficiently Negotiate a Separation Agreement
If you got divorced before you and/or your spouse retired, you may be surprised to discover that generally, retirement does not change the amount of spousal support with a few exceptions. This may mean that if you are the payor you have to work more years or find other ways to meet your … [Read more...] about Does Retirement Change the Amount of Spousal Support You Must Pay?
In divorce wars, there is a potential new battle over pets. The New York State legislature has passed a bill addressing who gets custody of pets in divorce. The bill has not been forwarded to the Governor as yet and it remains to be seen whether the new Governor will sign it. However, if it is … [Read more...] about Who Gets Custody of Pets in Divorce?
Child support obligations are a frequent source of disputes among divorcing and divorced parents. Even when the amount of support has been settled, there may be subsequent problems collecting the money. Fortunately, New York law provides an administrative mechanism that allows a parent to enforce a … [Read more...] about Can Child Support Payments Be Deducted from a Parent’s Wages?
When one spouse in divorce is determined to withhold financial information, it makes the process more contentious, expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, the law provides several avenues to obtain those records. As discussed in a prior post, How Can You Obtain Financial Records in Divorce?, … [Read more...] about How Do You Enforce a Subpoena for Financial Records in Divorce?
It is not unusual for a spouse to have independent finances that the other spouse does not know everything about. While the couple may not have seen this as a big concern during marriage, once they decide to divorce, it becomes very important. Full disclosure of each party’s finances is essential to … [Read more...] about How Can You Obtain Financial Records in Divorce?