All families and marriages are unique, so there is no such thing as a typical divorce law issue. The New York attorneys at Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP, understand this. We take the time to listen to each of our clients and to understand fully the circumstances of their case. Only then do we advise them of their legal options and suggest the best course of action to resolve their family issues.
Based in midtown Manhattan, our firm serves clients across the greater New York area, including Westchester, Rockland, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. Read more about Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP.
Property division is one of the most critical aspects of a divorce, which can be complicated when a couple owns investment properties. Real estate can change radically in value over the course of a marriage. That change in value can be entirely market-based, or can be the result of management and renovation of a property.…Read More
While New York still allows for both fault and no-fault divorces, proceeding with a divorce on an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and without alleging or proving fault is now the standard way to proceed with a divorce in New York State. In fact, New York was the last state in the country to grant…Read More
A couple who wishes to divorce or annul a marriage in in New York must fulfill the state’s residency requirement under Section 230 of the New York Domestic Relations Law. To meet those requirements, the law requires that: The parties were married in the state and either party is a resident thereof when the action…Read More
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are valuable tools for protecting wealth and other assets, and offer couples a way to safeguard against the unexpected. Both parties must enter into the agreements honestly, committing to full and frank disclosure when it comes to their needs and their goals. Like any legal contract, however, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements…Read More
Generally, when cases are litigated, the court papers become part of the public record. Family and matrimonial cases in New York, however, are different. They remain confidential, and cannot be accessed without a court order. Under New York Domestic Relations Law (DRL) Section 235: An officer of the court with whom the proceedings in a…Read More
Couples seeking a divorce have different options available if they wish to avoid the litigation process. Mediation offers an alternative, private option to resolve some of the issues involved in divorce in a less adversarial setting, allowing both parties to come to decisions that are beneficial to them. Mediation may be a less costly route,…Read More
In any divorce action, you and your spouse have a variety of issues to negotiate and settle. One of these is the distribution of property and assets. Although divorcing spouses give a lot of attention and consideration to what parts of the marital estate they wish to keep, they often do not give as much…Read More
After a decision from the court – whether regarding divorce, child custody, or a support order – it can be expected that not everyone will be happy with the outcome. When one spouse or parent believes the court’s decision was inherently unfair or erroneous, they have the right to appeal that decision. In matters of…Read More
At least 25 celebrity couples have split up since the beginning of 2020. How do we know? Because Glamour Magazine posted a list of 25 couples whose breakups, the editors felt, were “particularly difficult” to handle. Some of these couples made the news daily, like Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock; others, like various contestants of…Read More
Living life in close quarters during these past few months, whether a couple has been together for months or years, can put stress on the healthiest of relationships. With children learning virtually from home and non-essential businesses closed, forced family closeness can bring some spouses together, but it can also pull some spouses apart. Many…Read More