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What is Pendente Lite?

If you are going through a divorce, you may hear the term pendente lite used in relation to your case. Pendente lite (Latin for awaiting the litigation) applies to motions for court orders, which would remain in effect temporarily. The intended purpose is to maintain your and your children’s pre-divorce living situation and standard of […]

Helping Children Cope with Divorce

Everyone knows that going through a divorce, even a relatively low-conflict one, is extremely difficult and emotional. Parents involved in a divorce can easily feel overwhelmed by the situation they face. However, being mindful of children’s emotional needs is crucial to a parent’s ability to help them cope with the divorce. Psychology Today recently published […]

Statistics Tell the Story about Marriage and Divorce

The expression who wears the pants in the family has been around for years, but which gender is the decision-maker when it comes to divorce?  Interestingly enough, studies show that it is not the men but the women. Women initiate divorce much more frequently than men. And this is despite the fact that after divorce […]

Do Children Have a Say in Legal Actions Concerning Them?

In many legal actions, the child has little say about custody or other determinations, especially when at a young age. However, there is a program in New York called the New York Attorneys for Children Program, which provides attorneys to children when they are involved in court proceedings dealing with juvenile delinquency, child custody, visitation, […]

Why is Mediation Often Better than Litigation?

According to an MSNBC article entitled More Couples Seeking Kinder, Gentler Divorces, litigation may cost as much as 11 times more than mediation. But aside from the cost difference, mediation has other redeeming values over litigation. One research study analyzed five different studies that compared mediation to litigation and arrived at a quantitative summary of […]

Divorce Tax Consequences and Other Financial Considerations

One of the most significant divorce tax consequences is that you can no longer file joint tax returns. The adage, two live more cheaply than one, is true and taxes are no exception to this rule. However, skilled divorce lawyers know New York divorce laws and can help you plan your divorce in advance of […]

Who Should Get the Family Home?

Many times people feel like their home is a comfort zone and it can be a source of stability for children. When divorcing, maintaining the status quo is usually in a child’s best interests. Divorce involves a lot of change and this type of change can be difficult and confusing for children. Keeping some things […]

Complicated Asset Division During Divorce

High net worth divorces typically involve characterizing significant assets when couples divorce.  Also, the more that you commingle assets, the more complicated the process may be for determining what is separate and marital property.  Generally, property acquired prior to marriage is separate property and property acquired during marriage is marital property.  For example, pensions that […]

Are Custody Cases Still Forgone Conclusions?

Traditionally, in the early part of the twentieth century, mothers stayed at home, handling housework and raising the children.  Fathers were in the workforce, making the money to provide for the family.  For marriage breakdowns that ended in divorce, the natural transition was for the father to continue the role of supporting the family financially […]

Typical Effects of Divorce on Children

Obviously, the best scenario for children is parents who are happily married and raising the children together.  Divorce takes its toll on children, and statistics show this to be true.  In 1994, a book written by McLanahan and Sandefur gave insight into single-parent families based on a decade of research.  They studied four national data […]

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