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Author Archives: Jacqueline Newman

Do I Need a Financial Specialist to Help Secure a Good Divorce Settlement?

One of the largest challenges of ending a long-term marriage involves trying to figure out how to divide the property equitably. While financial decisions are always difficult, they become more complex for couples dividing high-asset estates and/or dealing with issues pertaining to family businesses or a host of other concerns. As a result, many experienced […]

How Can Social Media Affect My Divorce Settlement?

As of May 2013, 72 percent of online adults are involved with social networking sites. This percentage stays remarkably consistent, even when you break down groups of online users based on sex, age, education levels and a number of other categories. Unfortunately, since these popular sites are still in their relative infancy, many users do […]

Prenuptial Agreements Make Sense for Many Couples

Very few people want to consider the divorce settlement while planning a marriage. Yet, even though prenuptial (or ante nuptial) agreements do just that, they are a common part of marital planning when one prospective spouse needs to protect assets or a family business. However, many reasons besides high finances make drafting a prenuptial agreement […]

What Costs Can I Expect from a Divorce Litigated in the New York Courts?

When you choose to litigate your divorce in the NY courts (contested divorce), you can expect vastly higher costs than you would pay to negotiate the terms of your settlement (uncontested divorce). Just how much you may spend depends on many factors, but the biggest reason for high prices involves the degree of contentiousness in […]

Things to Consider When Choosing between Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

Most divorces are settled out of court, which makes sense when you consider the stress and expense of a typical courtroom battle. However, when spouses cannot agree within their marriage, they need a significant amount of assistance to come to agreement when negotiating the terms of their divorce. Several alternative dispute resolution methods can help […]

Will My Spouse Retain Rights to Part of My Employee Retirement Accounts after Divorce?

Employee retirement accounts can represent the largest asset for many married couples providing vital protection for the long-term future of both divorcing spouses. As such, they often become an important issue in a property division settlement in divorce. With occasional exceptions, spouses typically have rights to a portion of each other’s retirement funds, based on […]

Can One Attorney Draw Up an Effective Prenuptial Agreement for Both Parties?

Planning a marriage involves much more than just the process of arranging for the wedding. Your impending marriage forms a partnership that involves everything from buying a home to having children. While you may have difficulty imagining having to address any major issues independently, a prenuptial agreement definitely requires that both parties retain lawyers dedicated […]

Issues Encountered During High Net-Worth Divorces

Divorces for any couple have certain common elements that need to be addressed, including dividing the finances, custody or visitation of children (if any), and spousal support. However, couples who have accumulated wealth during marriage, or who entered into the marriage already wealthy face even more complicated issues unique to high net-worth divorces. Retaining an […]

5 Tips for Behaving in Divorce Court

When it comes to courtroom behavior during divorce proceedings, things that may seem superficial to you in comparison to the issues being debated could actually affect the outcome of your case. If your divorce case goes to court, please remember these five tips for proper courtroom etiquette: Dress as though you were going to a […]

The Risks of Going Through Divorce Without Legal Representation

Some couples are fortunate, in that although they have decided their marriage is over, they still consider themselves friends. Then one day while discussing how to handle the finances over a pile of bank and loan statements, one spouse looks at the other and says, “Hey, we don’t need to involve lawyers in this. Let’s […]

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