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Should My Divorce Case Proceed to Trial?

The Judge told all the parties either settle the case or you are going to trial and he will decide their future…..

Discovery and Settlement

Why do litigants have to turn over all of their financial documents to the other side?

What Should You Do?

My ex decided that since there was no order of Custody he was going to take the child whenever he felt like it…..

Is it Difficult to Get an Annulment in New York?

Recently a distraught women walked into my office and wanted an Annulment…..

Who Pays for Summer Camp?

In New York, the Courts will require that you pay your pro rata share of summer camp if the summer camp is for child child while the custodial parent is at work.

Do I need a pre nup?

If you have an asset or a degree that you want to protect then you need a pre nup…

What Should I do?

My ex is making it difficult for me to see my children, What should I do?

Never Lie to a Judge

You would be surprised how many people actually either out right lie to the Court or misrepresent the truth.

How Do I Find Out How Much Money My Husband Has?

New York State Law requires that all litigants in a divorce case must comply with financial discovery.

Can the Judge Force Me to Sell My House?

In New York State, Judges can force the sale of the marital residence or any property that is deemed to be marital.

Failure to Pay Any Support

I recently was in Court, arguing my contempt motion in New York Supreme Court and a wealthy business man who owns a number of bakeries and he told the Judge he makes no money…..

Can the Judge Require Life Insurance?

It is relief that the court may grant a party directing his/her spouse to provide insurance for the benefit of his/her spouse or his/her children.

Settle Early

The best advice I can give to some clients is to settle their divorce case early, if they are fully informed of all the facts of their case.

Is New York State Ready for No Fault Divorce?

A matrimonial commission established by the state’s chief judge, Judith Kaye, has recommended that New York join with the rest of the nation and enact a no-fault divorce law.

Father’s Rights… Do they Exist?

Many women feel that they can prevent the father of their children from seeing their child or children.

I want more than half….

I cannot tell you how many times a client or potential client comes to my office and says they are entitled to more than half of all of the assets.

Be Careful Before You Sign…

All too often, women come into my office and tell me their wonderful future husband is requesting a pre nuptial agreement be signed before the marriage.

Do I Owe Support if I Am Not The Biological Father?

Most people and in fact many lawyers are amazed that a man who holds himself out as a child’s father, either by fraud or mistake can be held accountable for child support.

What Is Separate Property?

Many times individuals enter marriage with their own separate property.

How Do I Go About Discovery?

If you are involved in Divorce in New York and your future ex spouse is attempting to hide assets, the discovery process is the way for you and your lawyer to find out what he is actually hiding.

Can I Move?

This is the first in a series of cases I will post for my readers to get a sense of what they need to prove if they want to relocate or fight a relocation.

Enhanced Earnings, How Much Do I Have to Give Up?

All property acquired during the course of a marriage is considered marital property.

What Happen’s If My Husband Was Granted A Divorce in Another State?

In some cases, people to travel to other states to get a divorce.

Uncontested Divorces

People call me every day and ask me how much do I charge for an uncontested divorce in New York.

Failing to Abide by Orders

People enter agreements all the time in divorce cases in New York.

Can Custody Be Changed?

In New York, if two people agree in a written agreement or a child custody order is entered, it is not easy to change custody unless one parent has a good reason.

Exclusive Occupancy of the Marital Residence

Unless a petitioner can prove that it is unsafe to continue living together in the marital residence until the divorce is final, a judge will not kick one of the parties out of the house.

Am I Entitled to the Federal Tax Deduction for Child Support?

IRS regs clearly state that a non custodial parent is only entitled to take the child deduction if they have written permission to do so from the custodial parent.

Enhanced Earning Degree

In a recent decision, the appellate division in the Fourth Department, reduced an award of equitable distribution from forty percent to twenty percent of the value of a degree earned during the marriage.

Failure to Provide?

It amazes me when litigants refuse to provide discovery during the pendancy of a divorce.

Enhanced Earnings: Am I Entitled?

Most lawyers know that law degrees, and medical degrees can be valued as part of a divorce in New York State.

Am I Entitled to Interest?

Many times people come to me and show me their judgement of divorce.

Can I Set Aside My Agreement?

Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you agree with all the financial terms of your divorce agreement.

What is Equitable

The first issue is often the easiest. In the vast majority of case, marital property is equally divided in New York.

Generally, You Should Get Half the Pension

Trial Judges in New York constantly make mistakes. Basic principles of equitable distribution are not followed.

Half the House?

Even Judges get it wrong.

The Rule on Pensions in New York

If your husband or wife has pension benefits in New York, you should be aware that under the New York Equitable Distribution Law, you are entitled to your marital share of his or her pension.

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders…Are They All The Same?

Many lawyers settle cases and draft agreements that are vague.

What Is The First thing I Should Do?

This post continues are series on practical steps to take when a divorce is imminent.

What About Additional Debt?

We continue our series on practical steps to take when you are about to face divorce.

Do I have Enough for Cruelty to Get a Divorce?

The appellate division in the first department recently ruled in Gross v. Gross that in order to be granted a divorce based on the grounds of cruel treatment in New York, a divorce litigant must have sub

Make Sure Your Lawyer Follows the Rules!!!!

In a recent case the appellate division dismissed a divorce action, because the lawyer failed to file the proper paper work in a timely fashion.

Equitable Distribution

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, New York.

Should I Move Out?

We are nearing the end of our series on practical steps to take when you are facing an imminent divorce.

Determine Your Income? Is Everything Reported?

Your lawyer will need documentation showing your income (if you work outside the home) and the income of your spouse.

Safe Guard Your Documents

Inventory and photograph your household furniture, art, jewelry and other items of value.

What Should I Do Next?

We continue with our series on steps to take when divorce is imminent.

Cancel Credit Cards?

We pick up with Step 8 in our series on practical steps to take when a divorce is imminent.

What Happens if Somebody Files for Divorce?

Pre nupts are valid, and it is difficult to get them thrown out in Courts in New York, read the following case from the third department…..

Post Nuptial Agreements

A Post nuptial agreement is basically a settlement agreement.

The Family Jewels

It is a common misconception that jewelry is necessarily the separate property of the wife and is never subject to equitable distribution.

It is Never Too Late to Collect

Many times in New York divorce cases people make separation or settlement agreements for events that will happen in the future.

Duress is Difficult to Prove

Prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly common in New York.

Why Appeal If You Have Nothing to Win?

In the following case the wife won her appeal.

Should I Appeal?

A divorce trial is time consuming and expensive.

Pre-Nup Agreements: Should I Get One?

A question that I am sometimes asked is: Can I enter into a prenuptial agreement after I get married?

Is it Legal to Tape Record Conversations Between Your Child and Your Spouse?

Many clients ask me, “is it legal to video or audio tape my child with the other parent?”

My Husband Controls all the Money Am I Entitled to Legal Fees?

PRUDENTI, P.J.When an action for a divorce in New York is commenced, it is often the case that most of the marital assets available for the payment of legal fees are possessed or controlled by one of the spouses, usually the husband.

Consultation Fees Should I Pay?

In my experience New York Divorce lawyers who offer free consultations are doing this to have a chance to sell their services.

What is the Proper Valuation Date?

The Court of Appeals recently ruled that the proper valuation date for all marital property is the date the summons for divorce is filed.

Child Custody: What you should Know

In child custody and visitation cases there are several factors the courts will use to determine what is in “the best interests of the child”.

Enhanced Earnings, Enhanced Confusion

Sorry for the delay in between posts, I will be updating this blog more consistently in the future.

Battles Abroad and at Home

When a member of our Armed Forces is deployed overseas it creates a heavy burden both for the particular soldier, sailor, airman or marine, and for those they care for.

The Evolution of Custody

The concept of custody is unsettled in New York family law.

A New Concept of Relocation

IN THE BELOW DECISION IN NEW YORK COUNTY FAMILY COURT, JUDGE LORI S. SATTLER DECIDED IN A POST-DIVORCE HEARING THAT A SHORT MOVE FROM MANHATTAN TO SCARSDALE WAS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF A CHILD.

Is Virtual Visitation an Option?

The issue of virtual visitation has entered the realm of custody rights and may have an effect on visitation arrangements.

Irreconcilable Differences Nearing Reconciliation in New York

For the past twenty-five years, New York has been the only state in the country without a no-fault–irreconcilable differences–divorce.

Evidence is Everything in Mental Illness Case

A mother who had been charged with being mentally ill (as defined in Social Services Law §384-b) has, through her counsel, argued that an expert medical report made by a physician from the opposition should be stricken, as it relies on inadmissible evidence.

No Fault Divorce is Moving Forward

New York State has moved closer to enacting the no fault divorce law by overcoming the hurdle of passing in the Senate.

Getting a Divorce on your iPhone?

Technology makes advances in the matrimonial field as divorce and the iPhone tie the knot.

New Reality Show Exposes Messy High Net worth Divorce Cases

A new reality show, Divorce Wars airing on March 29 th, is exposing the realities of high net worth divorces, exploring the battlefield of divorce and the techniques used to win the divorce war.

Revealed: Top 10 Celebrity Divorce Settlements

Celebrity divorce lawyers are everywhere but the truth is that you really have to look beyond the headlines to get the exceptional ones from the crowd.

Can I Modify a Custody Agreement?

The parties were divorced by a judgment of this Court dated July 21, 2008, approximately fifteen (15) months prior to the institution of this post judgment litigation.

Why You Need a Seasoned Divorce Lawyer in New York City

The legal battle you have to go through in a divorce can be an emotional roller-coaster ride for you, your spouse and your children.

The Facts about New York State No Fault Divorce

Governor David A. Paterson signed the New York state no fault divorce on October 12, 2010.

5 Reasons You Should Get a New York Prenuptial Agreement

A New York prenuptial agreement is a settlement that is reached between couples who have decided to get married.

Latest Court Ruling – There is No Defense against New York’s No Fault Divorce Action

Last year New York was one of the last states to introduce no fault as a ground for divorce.

What We Can Learn From CNBC’s Divorce Wars

The latest CNBC show divorce wars that aired last week can provide us all with many valuable lessons about the rules of divorce that now apply to the 1 million marriages that are dissolved in the US this year.

New York Prenuptial Myths vs. the Facts

Prenuptial agreements have always been looked upon with fear and controversy, with the assumption that there is a lack of trust in the relationship or that they will favor one party over the other.

NYC Divorce – Why Social Media Can Be Detrimental to Your Case

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Blogs has become fertile ground for evidence to be used in a NYC divorce case.

A Royal Prenuptial is a No Brainer

This week’s Royal wedding has brought up speculation about whether the soon to be married Kate Middleton and Prince William will be signing a Prenuptial Agreement.

9 Most Famous Divorce Case Payouts with No Prenup

Celebrity marriages are notorious for breaking down quickly and would explain why many celebrity lawyers draw up iron clad prenuptial agreements before the happy couples take their vows.

Economic Recovery Boosts Divorce Rates

During times of recession, people fear for their jobs and financial security and are thus less inclined to go through expensive divorce proceedings and split assets.

Client Attorney Privilege Not Waived after Husband’s Email Carelessness

In a recent divorce case, Parnes v. Parnes, 80 A.D.3d 948, 915 N.Y.S.2d 345, 2011 Slip Op. 00136 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. App. Div. 3rd Dept. 2011), it was held that a husband’s carelessness with his email password did not waive attorney-client privilege.

Top 12 Ways to Avoid a Costly Divorce – Part 1 of 2

Going through the divorce process is a difficult, emotional and expensive time for both parties.

Top 12 Ways to Avoid a Costly Divorce – Part 2

Make sure that you get all your information, documents and financial records in order.

Helping Children Cope With Divorce Part 1

Quite often it is the children that bear the burden of a divorce.

Helping Children Cope With Divorce Part 2

This is the second part to the series about helping children cope with divorce and what parents can do to make the transition and difficult period easier for kids to get through.

Relocation- It can Happen!

The appellate division recently made new law.

Your Ultimate Divorce Strategy – The Beginning

If you have made the decision to get a divorce and go through the process involved, it is time to get take the emotions out of the equation and get a winning strategy in place.

The Top NY Divorce Laws Questions and How to Avoid a Lengthy Trial

According to NY divorce laws there are essentially six grounds for divorce, out of which only 5 require the finding of “fault”, meaning some form of misconduct by one of the parties.

Watch For These Top 3 Financial Mistakes During a Divorce

When people are going through a divorce, emotions are running so high that it is not uncommon for people to make emotional as opposed to rational decisions.

New York Divorce Options

Once you have decided to get a divorce there are several different options that exist to end your marriage.

Avoiding a Contested Divorce by Hiring a New York City Divorce Attorney

Many divorces can be expensive, emotionally draining, and stressful for family members.

What Happens to My Property in a New York City Divorce?

An experienced attorney can help protect your property during all stages of divorce proceedings.

Same Sex Couples – Need Help with Family Law Matters?

The Marriage Equality Act, signed into law in June 2011 and effective July 24, 2011, will have a profound impact on family law for gay and lesbian couples.

GPS Devices to Track Cheating Spouses: Privacy Implications and the Importance of Getting Sound Legal Advice

The Villanovas were married in 2000. Seven years later, Mrs Villanova hired investigators to find out if her husband was cheating.

5 Tips on How to Act in Court to Win Your Divorce

The courtroom is a formal place.

5 Tips to Protect Your Finances during Your Divorce

A key component of a winning divorce is settling upon financial arrangements that will meet the needs of you and your family.

Divorce Strategy and Protecting the Rights of Fathers

There is no doubt that going through a divorce is difficult for all of the parties concerned – starting with the children that are involved, the divorcing couple all the way to all the other people connected in any way to the divorce – ranging from friends and family, to the lawyers who are trying to get the best outcome for their client.

Where to Begin With Your Winning Divorce Strategy

The prospect of ending your marriage can be overwhelming.

How to Value Real Estate in Your Divorce Settlement – Winning Strategies

Real Estate and other property can be difficult to divide fairly in a divorce settlement.

The Importance of Hiring a Lawyer to Represent You During Your Divorce

Hiring a lawyer for a divorce is recommended by the New York State Unified Court System.

5 Tips to Get Back Custody of Your Children

When children are involved, expect judges to act in the best interests of the children. Here are 5 tips if you have been denied custody of your children by the legal system.

5 More Tips to Get Back Custody of Your Children

Yesterday I posted an article with 5 tips for parents who have lost custody of their children and are committed to regaining custody.

Divorce Strategies Under New York’s No-Fault Divorce

A year ago on August 15, 2010, New York Governor David Paterson signed no-fault divorce into law.

How a Divorce Lawyer Can Protect Your Business

Divorce can ruin businesses.

Back to School After a Divorce or Separation

Any change can be stressful for a child – be it changes in living arrangements or changes in daily routine when school is back in session.

A Divorce Strategy to Minimize Parental Alienation

Parental alienation occurs when one parent unjustifiably manipulates a child to dislike or mistrust the other parent after separation or a divorce to the point the relationship with the other parent is soured.

How Does Equitable Distribution in New York Work?

Equitable distribution is the legal process of dividing properties between spouses who are undergoing a divorce.

New York Child Support Laws – What You Need to Know

New York law strives to protect the interest of children.

Case Commentary: Matter of Joshua J.

New York law emphasizes the importance of acting in the best interests of children.

Converting Facts into a Winning Divorce Strategy

Each case is unique.

Your Divorce Strategy: Dealing with the Other Side

The stress of getting a divorce can drive people into doing crazy things that do not help their strategic position.

Engaging Forensic Examiners to Strengthen Your Custody Case

Evidence is critical in a custody trial. Without evidence, custody arguments can devolve into a “he-said, she-said” free for all.

A Well-Connected Lawyer and Your Divorce Strategy

During your divorce you are up against both your spouse and your spouse’s lawyer.

Business and Asset Evaluation and Your Divorce Strategy

Under New York law, property is divided among divorcing spouses and one spouse may be ordered to pay the other maintenance after a divorce.

An Experienced Divorce Lawyer Can Improve Your Divorce Strategy

An experienced divorce lawyer can help your prepare for your divorce in several ways.

Dealing with Alimony and Divorce

Dealing with alimony and divorce is a hot topic and there are differing views on how to alimony or spousal maintenance is to be determined and what is actually fair and equitable in each situation.

Reasonable Alimony Expectations in New York

When applying for alimony or spousal support, this is not a ticket for free income for the rest of your life.

Finding a Divorce Attorney that Knows How to Challenge Business Evaluation Reports

When you are dealing with business evaluations in a divorce case it is crucial to hire an attorney that knows how to interpret these business evaluations and how to ask the right questions and examine them in detail.

3 Biggest Mistakes that People Make When Getting a Divorce

Going through a divorce is a difficult process that takes a toll on an individual on many levels – including emotional, financial and physical.

Are You Looking For a Winning Divorce Strategy?

A winning divorce strategy requires careful planning, strategy and implementation with the assistance of an experienced attorney and the co-operation of the spouse in order to ensure that the strategy is implemented effectively and that the usual pitfalls are avoided.

How are Alimony and Child Support Payments Treated by the IRS?

As tax time approaches, you may be wondering how to treat income you get after a divorce.

Determining the Amount of Child Support

During a divorce, the court has to determine the amount of child support to be paid by the noncustodial parent.

How to Deal with the Marital Home

Dealing with the marital home is one aspect of divorce that can be confusing.

How to Increase the Spousal Support You Recieve

If you are currently receiving spousal support, also called alimony, there may come a time when you wish to increase it.

Contested Divorce v. Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties can come to an agreement on all outstanding issues, which means that they can usually avoid a costly litigation.

How to Manage Social Media during your Divorce

If you are going through divorce, it is wise to keep your personal life to yourself rather than blasting it on Facebook and other social networking sites.

Is Equal Parenting Time Right for Your Family?

If you are considering 50/50 parenting time when it comes to child custody, you should look at the pros and cons of this type of arrangement.

5 Tips for a More Sane Divorce

Divorce is never easy, but there are ways to make the process go as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Divorcing an Unemployed Spouse

Before you get a divorce in New York, you need to look at all the ways you will be affected, especially when it comes to finances.

What Happens When Divorcing an Unemployed Spouse?

If your spouse is currently unemployed, and you have decided that divorce is right for you, it is important to know what to expect from this process.

How Can a Forensic Accountant Help During Divorce?

One of the most helpful types of specialists during divorce is a forensic accountant.

What Are the Rights of Grandparents?

If you are a grandparent, you might know by now how much divorce can affect whether you see your grandchildren, especially if your child is not the custodial parent. Many people become bitter enough to keep their kids from seeing their grandparents, especially if they believe this action would hurt their former spouse. Fortunately, we … Read more

Your Rights as a Father During Divorce

Going through a divorce can be hard on its own, but when children are involved, the process can be even tougher.

How to Deal with Becoming a Step-Grandparent

If you suddenly have step-grandkids due to your child marrying someone with children, there will be some adjustments to make.

Learn How We Can Benefit Your High Net Worth Case

When you have a high net worth divorce case, you have a lot to lose.

Hire a Lawyer with Experience Handling Gay and Lesbian Divorce Cases

If you face a gay and lesbian divorce, you will need the help of a lawyer with experience in this area.

Legal Separation vs. Divorce

When you are dating and want to take a break from the relationship for a while, you can usually do just that.

More Women These Days Pay Alimony and Child Support

Recent studies have found that more women than ever are paying child support and alimony to their ex-husbands.

How Does Hiring a Lawyer Trump Doing the Divorce Yourself?

As you are probably aware, it is possible to get a divorce without a lawyer.

Divorce and Veteran’s Disability Benefits

If you get veteran’s disability payments and are considering divorce, you may wonder if you will have to include this compensation as part of your income.

Getting Control of Your Finances Before Divorce

If you think you are on the road to divorce, and you are unsure of how your finances are, you should start paying more attention to this aspect of life.

Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

If you and your former spouse share custody of your children, you probably know by now that it can be difficult to effectively co-parent.

The Benefits of Mediation During Divorce

If you are facing the possibility of divorce, you should consider trying mediation as the first step.

Dennis Rodman Ordered to Pay Child Support

Apparently Dennis Rodman is better at playing basketball than paying the child support he was ordered to pay for his two children.

Divorce and Health Insurance Coverage

Divorce can change a lot of things, and one of them is health insurance.

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant Reconcile Before Divorce Is Final

Everyone likely remembers the high profile divorce case of Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa.

3 Reasons to Avoid Hiring an Inexperienced Divorce Lawyer

If you are considering divorce in New York, you need an experienced lawyer, not an amateur.

David Arquette and Courtney Cox Officially File for Divorce After Separation

David Arquette and Courtney Cox have been separated for quite some time, since October 2010.

Flavor Flav and Child Support Arrears

Flavor Flav is just one of many men who have faced legal penalties for failing to pay child support.

Divorce Party vs. Divorce Ceremony

One idea that is gaining popularity is a divorce ceremony, which is considered a way to gain some closure after a divorce.

4 Hurtful Things Your Friends Might Say During Your Divorce

There are many difficult things about divorce, and one is when you have to tell your friends.

Don’t Let Resentment Ruin Your Mood After Divorce

There are often a lot of hurt feelings after divorce.

Dealing with In-Laws During Divorce

When you are married to someone, you often become close to their family, especially if the marriage lasts several years.

Christie Brinkley and Husband Finally Reach Agreement in Messy Settlement

Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook recently settled their divorce out of court.

Do You Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

Many couples can benefit from getting a prenuptial agreement, but some people in particular need this type of legal document.

The Benefits of Separating Before Divorce

Studies have shown that separation tends to lead to a smoother divorce process.

How Much Does a Child’s Preference Matter in a Custody Case?

If you are in the middle of a child custody battle, you might be wondering if your child’s wishes will be taken into consideration.

Katie Holmes Files for Divorce from Tom Cruise in New York

After years of rumors suggesting divorce, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are finally ending their marriage.

Tips on Co-Parenting During Special Events

It is possible for many couples to co-parent their children after divorce, as long as they do not have to see each other.

Tips on Speeding Up Your Child Custody Case

You may be wondering how some recent well-known child custody cases were settled quite quickly.

Men May Need Extra Legal Help During Divorce

Many men fear getting a bad deal during divorce since sometimes it seems the cards are stacked against them.

For Many Celebrities, Divorce Is Good for Business

It appears that celebrity divorce may be good for their ratings, as various celebrities who have recently divorced have gotten even more popular.

Randy and Jermaine Jackson Owe Child Support to the Same Woman

Many people get behind on child support at some point, even celebrities that you would think would have money.

Adrienne and Paul of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Divorce

Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills recently filed for divorce.

Reasons That Prenuptial Agreements Are More Popular Than Ever

According to The New York Law Journal, the number of couples who sign a prenuptial agreement before marriage has risen quite a bit in the last several years.

Deion Sanders Tries Hard to Sell Condo Quickly During Divorce

The latest news about Deion Sanders’ divorce is that he is trying to get rid of some of his property.

Studies Show That Employment Status May Factor Into the Likelihood of Divorce

According to studies in the last decade, employment can affect the chances that a couple will get a divorce.

Kenny G and Wife Divorce After 20 Years of Marriage

Kenny G, or Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, is divorcing his wife Balynda Helen Benson-Gorelick after 20 years of marriage.

Reality Star Evelyn Lozada Divorces Football Player Chad Johnson After 41-Day Marriage

One celebrity divorce that has many people talking is that of reality TV star Evelyn Lozada and her athlete husband, Chad Johnson.

Common Health Issues After Divorce – And How to Prevent Them

Tom Cruise has reportedly lost weight since his divorce from Katie Holmes, and he is not the only person whose health has somehow been affected during divorce.

Heidi Klum and Seal’s Divorce Drags On

It appears that the divorce between Heidi Klum and Seal is getting more complicated than before.

How Do Separate Bank Accounts Benefit You in Case of Divorce?

Many couples know the importance of a prenuptial agreement in case of divorce.

4 Signs Your Spouse is Hiding Assets

During divorce, many people are tempted to hide their assets so they can end up better off financially than their spouse.

Consider the Benefits of a Post-Divorce Makeover

Many things change after divorce, and your appearance may be one of them.

Should You Go To a Divorce Retreat?

Divorce is not easy, which is why many people reach out for help from others.

Celebrity Prenuptial Agreements

Despite the increasing popularity of prenuptial agreements, especially among the wealthy, not everyone decides to get one.

Akon Initiates Child Support Payments in Court

Well-known rapper Akon has recently done what many celebrities have struggled with: offered to pay child support for his kids.

Reasons to Get a Postnuptial Agreement During Marriage

You have likely heard of a prenuptial agreement, which is a document signed before marriage

Handling Your Finances After Divorce

After divorce, money is usually tight for most people.

How To Protect Yourself When Your Spouse Keeps the Home

If you and your spouse decide that he or she can keep the marital home, you should make sure your interests are protected.

Technology Can Supplement Legal Representation During Divorce

If you want immediate answers regarding how much you will pay in alimony child support, you may be considering some of the newest technology gadgets.

False Allegations Against Your Ex-Spouse Could Cost You

Recently, a divorced father accused his ex-wife of abusing their 12-year-old son.

Tips on Using the Phone to Stay in Touch with Your Kids When You Share Custody

According to the latest reports, Tom Cruise has been missing his daughter Suri.

Deion Sanders Claims He Can’t Afford $10,000 Per Month in Child Support

Deion Sanders has been in the news a lot recently for issues related to his divorce from his wife Pilar.

Odd Requests in Prenuptial Agreements

If you plan on getting a prenuptial agreement, you should know that you have a lot of leeway regarding what you put in it.

Hints That Mediation Will Not Work for Your Divorce Case

Some divorcing couples find mediation to be helpful.

Learn How Enhanced Earning Capacity Works in Divorce

If you possess an impressive degree or professional license, you may have heard of enhanced earning capacity.

How Will Child Support Affect Your Ability to Get a Loan?

Whether you receive child support or have to pay it, you may find that getting a loan is a little more complicated now.

Rapper Bow Wow Owes Child Support and May Have Lied About Income in Court

Not only has rapper Bow Wow been ordered to pay child support, but he may also be in some legal trouble after apparently omitting information to the court.

When Can You Get an Annulment?

If you want a divorce, you should first make sure the divorce process is even necessary.

Basketball Player Quincy Douby Behind on Child Support

Yet another celebrity has been accused of falling behind on child support payments.

Tips on Telling the Children You’re Getting Divorced

If you have children, one of the worst parts of divorce is likely telling them your plans to end the marriage.

How to Divorce a Missing Spouse in NY

Your spouse may not accept that you want a divorce.

Why Has the New York Divorce Risen?

If you are facing divorce in New York right now, you are not alone.

What to Avoid Doing When You Suspect Your Spouse Has Cheated

If you suspect your spouse has been cheating and you are considering a divorce, there are a few things you should avoid doing.

Helping Adult Children Cope with Your Divorce

If you are getting a divorce late in life, you might assume your grown children will not mind.

Sheree Whitfield Gets More Than $75,000 in Back Child Support

Sheree Whitfield is known for her time on Real Housewives of Atlanta.

5 Celebrities Who Went Through Gray Divorce

Gray divorce occurs when couples over 50 decide to end their marriage, and this trend has been on the rise in recent years.

New Jersey Alimony Laws Have Many Critics

Many people in New Jersey are complaining about the state’s unfair alimony laws

Avoid the Dangerous Weight Loss That Comes with Stress-Induced Divorce Diet

Many people are so affected by divorce that they forget to eat, leading to weight loss.

Dealing with your Divorce during the Holidays

If you are in the middle of a divorce as the holidays approach, you can expect some changes to your traditions.

Reasons for the Higher Divorce Rate Among Couples Who Split Chores Evenly

Recently, a study was released from Norway that suggested that couples who split household chores equally are about 50 percent more likely to get divorced than those who don’t divided them up.

Divorced Females Often Lose Health Insurance After Divorce

Studies have shown that many women end up without health insurance after divorce.

Financial Issues Faced by Couples Seeking Divorce

It’s no secret that many people have been struggling with money for the last few years, and that includes divorcing couples.

Over $100 Billion Owed in Child Support

Recent reports show that both taxpayers and single parents are owed about $108 billion in child support.

How to Protect Yourself as a Stay-at-Home Spouse During Divorce

In many cases, the breadwinner of the family has the advantage during divorce simply because he or she has access to the money

Co-Parenting During the Holidays When You Have the Kids

If you are co-parenting with your ex-spouse after divorce, and this year is your turn to have the children over during the holidays, you should consider some tips to make the experience easy on everyone.

L.A. Court Lets Pot-Smoking Father Keep Custody of Son

A court in Los Angeles recently allowed a pot-smoking father to keep custody of his young son.

Joe Piscopo Behind on Child Support

Actor/comedian Joe Piscopo was recently ordered by a judge to pay $10,000 to his ex-wife, Kimberly Driscoll.

5 Divorced Celebrity Couples Without a Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements are increasingly popular among many couples, but there are a lot of celebrities who do not follow this trend.

4 Tips for Dating After Divorce

There is life after divorce, and it often includes dating. If you feel you are ready to jump into the dating scene, you should keep a few pointers in mind.

The Effect of Divorce on Health Coverage for Women

You have likely already heard that many women lose health insurance after divorce.

Brooklyn Divorce

Brooklyn is known as the borough of hipsters, yuppies, and many different cultures and ethnic groups.

January Is Divorce Month

If you are planning to file for divorce this month, you are not alone.

Bethenny Frankel Turns Rumors Into Reality By Filing for Divorce

Bethenny Frankel has filed for divorce from her husband Jason Hoppy.

Pendente Lite and Your Divorce

If you are too intimidated to file for divorce because you are worried about financially supporting yourself until it is final, you should look into pendente lite.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Gone Too Far

A divorce attorney in Minnesota, Thomas P. Lowe, was barred from practicing law for at least the next 15 months due to a startling discovery about his practice: he was billing a client for having sex.

Separation vs. Divorce

When a marriage dissolves, spouses often aim to examine what their options are.

Prenups: To Sign or not to Sign?

It seems that in every romance-based sitcom and TV drama, there comes a time when the leading, newly-engaged couple reaches an inevitable fight: one partner asks the other to sign a prenuptial agreement and the other is outraged.

Relocating with Your Child After Divorce

If you have physical custody of your child and are considering moving to another state, you may be wondering if you will be allowed to go.

Liberty Ross Files for Divorce from Rupert Sanders 6 Months After His Affair

While celebrity divorces are rarely surprising anyway, some are especially easy to see coming. The divorce of Rupert Sanders and Liberty Ross is one of them.

East Village Ice Cream Shop Could Close Due to Owner’s Divorce

If you have ever been to Lula’s Sweet Apothecary in East Village, you might be saddened to know there is a chance it will close, all due to a New York divorce that happened last year.

Non-Consensual Divorce?

Throughout each day, we receive numerous calls at the office from people asking questions about divorce—from how long the process takes to what to do if their spouse has left the state, etc.

Beijing Divorce Ruling Marks Major Step for Domestic Violence Law

In a groundbreaking ruling for domestic violence law and women’s rights, a Beijing court granted a divorce on grounds of domestic abuse and issued its first ever restraining order on behalf of Kim Lee on Sunday, February 3rd.

Little-Known Tips for Winning a Divorce Case

Divorce can be difficult.

North Dakota Bill Mandates Counseling Before Divorce

A new bill in North Dakota states that parents seeking divorce should have to wait at least six months and pursue mandatory couples counseling before dissolving their marriage.

Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian, & Annulment v. Divorce

The quickly dissolving, 72-day marriage between Brooklyn Nets player Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian has caused ample buzz in the media: not only is Kardashian now pregnant with Kanye West’s baby, but Humphries is refusing to agree to the divorce.

Brooklyn Woman’s Murder Highlights Seriousness of Domestic Violence

Hazel Robinson, a 51-year-old Brooklyn woman, was almost decapitated by her husband when he killed her using a kitchen knife on Sunday, February 17th.

Nationwide Divorce Funding Helps Alleviate Financial Stress of Divorce

Divorce can be a stressful time, emotionally, mentally, and financially. In order to relieve the financial stress many people feel during a divorce, Nationwide Divorce Funding provides funds for people’s attorney, investigator, and forensic accountant fees.

Divorce Inequality for Same-Sex Couples

The cover story of this week’s issue of New York Magazine, “Divorce Equality: When Gay Marriage Ends”, detailed the obstacles same-sex couples face, not only when getting married, but also when getting divorced.

Miss America and Brooklyn DA Spread Awareness about Child Abuse

Mallory Hagan became the first Miss America from Brooklyn when she was crowned the pageant winner in January 2013.

Child Custody: How do Courts Determine “Best Interests of the Child”?

When determining child custody in divorce cases, New York courts either order joint custody arrangements, meaning both parents share legal and physical custody of the child, or grant sole custody to one parent, based on what they deem as in the “best interests of the child.”

Long Island Woman Gets Prenup Thrown Out

In a highly unusual divorce case, a Long Island woman Elizabeth Petrakis got her prenuptial agreement thrown out by a Brooklyn appellate court.

Demi Moore seeks Spousal Support from Ashton Kutcher

In latest celebrity divorce, between Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Moore is seeking spousal support and attorney fees from Kutcher.

Child Custody Decision of Interest

In a recent family law case, decided by Justice Jeffrey Sunshine in Kings County on Monday, a mother was granted custody of her children, while their father was granted decision-making custody for choices regarding any medical or mental health issues for the children.

False Allegations of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a highly serious, immensely wide spread issue.

The World’s Potentially Most Expensive Divorce

Oil billionaire Harold Hamm’s divorce from Sue Ann Hamm, a lawyer and economist, could be the most expensive divorce in history.

Supreme Court Hearings on Same-Sex Marriage

This morning, Tuesday March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing two critical cases regarding whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Fault vs. No-Fault Divorce

Before New York adopted a no-fault divorce policy in 2010, one party to a divorce would have to take fault, or essentially the blame, for the dissolution of their marriage, even when both sides agreed that divorce was necessary.

Brooklyn Man Charged With Murdering Girlfriend

A 44-year-old man, Alex Santiago, was charged with stabbing a woman to death in Brooklyn after the woman, who is allegedly his girlfriend, was found dead in his apartment on April 6th.

Delays in the Bronx Court System

On April 13th, the New York Times published an examination of the Bronx Court System, critiquing the courts for extensive delays which undermine the notion of the right to a speedy trial.

Unusual Adoption Case to go Before U.S. Supreme Court

An unusual adoption case, which exemplifies the complexity and significance of certain family law disputes, will go before the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2013.

Recent Court Decisions in New York

Julissa A. v. Martin O., April 9, 2013- NY Family Court dismissed the mother’s petition for a modification of a child support order because she failed to prove that there was a substantial change in circumstances since the initial court proceeding in which the child support agreement was put into place.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Reach Divorce Settlement

Brooklyn Nets player Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian finalized their divorce settlement on Friday, April 19th, finally dissolving their 72-day marriage.

Social Media & Divorce

Eighty-one percent of all recent divorce cases have incorporated some type of evidence from a social media site when presenting their case, according to the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

Man Avoids Court-Ordered Test by Shaving

New York man Roberto De Paz attempted to avoid a court-ordered hair-follicle test in a custody case by shaving his body hair.

Is Marriage Dead?

Is marriage dead? According to New York writer Emma Johnson, the steady, high divorce rate in the U.S. and declining number of Americans who get married at all proves that it is. In her hit blog, Wealthy Single Mommy, Johnson proposes a new marriage model: a 10-year marriage contract.

How to Protect your Assets in a Divorce

One of the biggest issues people face in a divorce is figuring out how to best protect their assets.

Helping Children Cope with Divorce

You and your spouse have decided to part ways.

Divorce: Do You Really Need Court?

You and your spouse may not have agreed on much during your marriage, but surprisingly, the one thing you do agree on is a court free divorce.

The World’s Wackiest Reasons for Divorce

Couples file for divorce citing a variety of reasons, from serious offenses to kooky and absurd infractions.

One Surprising Way to Mark the End of a Divorce

The finalization of a divorce can be met with a flurry of emotion, from sadness to relief.

A Parent’s Guide for Handling Divorce

It can be easy for a person to get caught up in a divorce, especially a parent. A parent not only has to worry about their own stress, anxiety and frustrations, but also their child’s.

Jo Wood: Emerging from Divorce with a New Outlook on Life

Jo Wood spent 30 years being married to Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, until he left her for a younger woman in 2008.

Financial Advice for After Your Divorce

Congratulations! Your divorce is finally settled and you can leave behind the stress and anxiety that came with it.

Bad Economy Blamed for Lower Divorce Rates

As the economy dipped, so did divorce rates.

Divorce and Social Media

There is no doubt that social media and the internet consume our lives.

A New Take on Alimony

A study conducted using United States Labor Force Statistics shows that just under 30% of women out earn their husbands annually.

Sealing Court Records in Celebrity Divorces

According to the case Globe Newspaper Co. v. Superior Court, the First and Sixth Amendments, as applied to the States by the Fourteenth Amendment, allows both the press and the public to have access to court documents and records.

Russian President Announces Divorce

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila have officially announced that they are divorced.

Changing Your Name after Divorce

Some women find it therapeutic to return to their maiden name after divorce, a way to fully let go of the past and turn their focus to the new life that waits.

Should I Get a Prenup?

During a segment regarding marriage and money on Fox & Friends last month, personal finance expert Dave Ramsey made a very incorrect statement when asked if a couple should create and sign a prenuptial agreement.

Jane Lynch Divorcing Wife

Glee actress Jane Lynch has announced that she and Dr. Lara Embry, her wife of just over 3 years, are filing for divorce.

New Trend Alert: Lifestyle Clauses

A new trend that is sweeping tinsel town allows couples to get everything, and I mean absolutely everything, in writing before they marry.

More FAQ Regarding Divorce and Family Law

With a combined total of over 40 years of collaborative experience, the attorneys at Brian D. Perskin and Associates have handled thousands of divorce and family law cases.

Choosing the Right Attorney

We’ve all seen the ads online or in the back of the classified section of the newspaper, advertising “Quick and Easy Divorces for a Low, Low Price!”,

Technology Changes the way Ex’s Communicate

Technology is constantly advancing, and with it, so are the ways we communicate.

Why You Should Get Along With Your Ex

Now that you know how to properly communicate with your ex, it’s time to outline exactly why keeping a line of friendly communication open is important.

Custody Agreement Reached in NFL Slay

A child custody decision was reached this week regarding Zoey Belcher, daughter of the late Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher.

Gray Divorces: New Trend for those 50+

According to a poll conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), people who are 50 years or older are getting divorced at an increasing rate.

Remarrying Your Ex

NeNe Leakes, who shot to reality television show fame on Bravo’s hit Real Housewives of Atlanta, remarried her ex-husband, Gregg Leakes, over the weekend.

Fathers and Divorce

Men are often overlooked when it comes to divorce.

All’s Fair in Love and Alimony

Alimony (also referred to as spousal support), a sum of money oftentimes paid to a woman from her ex-husband to help her maintain a semblance of the lifestyle she once had while married, is drastically changing.

Death over Divorce

Divorces are common and they’re no longer frowned upon, but one New Jersey native would rather be a widow than a divorcee.

Expensive Celebrity Divorce Settlements

We’ve all heard the horror stories involving divorces- they’re long, expensive and stressful.

Big and Exciting News for Brian D. Perskin and Associates!

We are very excited to announce that some of our blog posts will now be hosted on Nearsay.com!

What to Expect When You Contact Us

You’ve given it careful consideration and have decided that you either want to divorce your spouse or proceed with a family court matter.

What is a Private Judge?

A little known trick of the trade to getting a divorce settled quickly is to hire a private judge to hear the case.

Same Sex Divorce

Same sex marriage supporters are rejoicing now that homosexual marriage is being recognized in a growing number of states throughout our country.

Odd Ruling Out of Tennessee

An odd ruling out of Tennessee has some wondering if a judge overstepped her bounds by changing an infant’s name completely- instead of simply deciding which surname the child would have.

Our Firm’s Successful Divorce Settlements

Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, the law office of Brian D. Perskin & Associates will fight to help achieve the result you desire.

The Smart Strategy that Benefits Your Kids

There are many issues that need to be addressed while you’re getting divorced, and the list only grows when there are children involved.

George Zimmerman is Facing a Divorce

Last week it was announced that Shellie Zimmerman, wife to George Zimmerman, had filed for divorce in Florida.

The Best Divorce and Family Law Attorney in NYC!

Another award for client satisfaction! We want to thank our clients, both past and present, for your kind words and support.

So, You Want to Relocate

Whether you are in the midst of a divorce or family court battle, or a judgment has already been issued concerning your case, relocating with a child can be difficult if there is a court order in place concerning custody or visitation.

Grey Divorces

As previously discussed, grey divorces are a rising trend in the divorce world.

The Toll Divorce Takes on Your Health

Divorce can be stressful, and it comes as no surprise that men and women handle and cope with the process differently.

Does Your Child Need Therapy?

Last week we discussed the importance of men seeking professional help to aide in coping with divorce.

Don’t Stay Together for the Kids!

Divorce has only become socially acceptable within the past few decades.

The Rise in a Prenupt’s Popularity

Last week, entertainment powerhouses Kanye West and Kim Kardashian announced their engagement.

The Model Divorce for Parents

Earlier last week, actor Orlando Bloom and supermodel Miranda Kerr announced that they would be ending their 3-year marriage.

Invalid Prenuptial Agreements

Matrimonial attorneys will be the first people to stress the importance of a prenuptial agreement.

Law Guardians: An Advocate for Your Child

If you are going through a divorce and have children with your spouse, then chances are you will deal with a law guardian.

Rupert Murdoch Finalizes Third Divorce

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, finalized their five month long divorce today, by admitting in New York County Supreme Court that they had reached an agreeable settlement.

Should You Get Divorced During the Holiday Season?

The decision to divorce your spouse is a big one, especially during this time of year.

How to Handle Unwanted Divorce Advice

Chances are, immediately after you announce your divorce, you will be on the receiving end of a slew of continuous advice from family and friends.

But Who Gets The Dog?

New York City residents are, without a doubt, pet people.

Same Sex Divorce Struggles

Marriage equality is a hot button issue in the United States, with state governments continually granting homosexual couples the right to marry.

Broadway Stars Choose Separation

Broadway and Hollywood stars Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs announced yesterday, through their representatives, that they were planning on separating after a decade long marriage.

Frequently Used Court Terms

The contested divorce process can be stressful and confusing.

Spitzer to Divorce

Former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, announced their intention to divorce earlier this week.

Common Divorce Misconceptions

January, to many lawyers, is referred to as “Divorce Month” based on the high average of new clients and filings during the first month of the new year.

Depending on Children During Divorce

A divorce can be taxing, and while it can be convenient to turn to your children for support, you should make it a point to use someone else as a shoulder to cry on.

Money Saving Divorce Tips from Brian D. Perskin & Associates

Everyone has heard the ill-informed notion that a divorce will cost you an arm and a leg.

What the Heck is a Statement of Net Worth?!

A Statement of Net Worth is used in every contested divorce case to help outline current or expected finances.

Can Your Kids Benefit From a Divorce?

Deciding to get a divorce is never easy, especially when children are involved.

Same Sex Couple Adoption Woes

Late last week, a judge in Brooklyn ruled that a woman was not allowed to legally adopt her wife’s biological child.

Divorce by Default in New York State

In an ideal world, every divorce would proceed without incident and would lead to an amicable split between spouses.

Grey Divorce in Hollywood

As discussed in a recent NearSay blog post, the percentage of divorces involving baby boomers is steadily on the rise.

Washington Man Forges Divorce Documents, Faces Jail Time

According to a recent report in the Whidbey News-Times, an Oak Harbor man tried to get a divorce by falsifying divorce documents with the court.

18 Year Old NJ Girl Sues Parents for Child Support

A strange family court case out of New Jersey is making headlines across the country, as news outlets are rushing to report on an unemancipated teenage girl who is suing her parents for child support.

Top 10 Signs You Need a Divorce Lawyer

Divorce. Just the word alone may conjure up feelings of anxiety regarding the unknown

Is American Media Making a Mockery of Divorce?

Americans hold a fascination with “reality” television, especially court room dramas that allow participants to air their dirty laundry for the world to see.

Its Party Time: The Rise in Popularity of the Divorce Party

The finalization of a divorce can be met with a flurry of emotion, from sadness to relief. For some, they feel a sense of joyfulness.

What is “Conscious Uncoupling”?

Gwyneth Paltrow harnessed the power of social media and announced her ” conscious uncoupling” from long-time husband and Coldplay front man Chris Martin on her lifestyle blog earlier this week.

What is a QDRO and How can it Benefit Me During a Divorce?

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO for short, is a court ordered evaluation of retirement accounts.

Will a Cheating Spouse “Lose” in Court?

Finding out your spouse had an affair can be devastating. You will feel angry, betrayed, sad and even revengeful.

What Should I do if My Ex is Making Divorce More Difficult?

Divorce is a trying time, both mentally and emotionally.

Spitzer’s Ex-Wife Cleans Up in Divorce Settlement

Only months after former disgraced New York Governor Elliot Spitzer announced his plan to divorce Silda Wall Spitzer, a settlement has been reached.

Traveling Internationally with Kids During Divorce

Traveling with children, both domestically and internationally, can be a rewarding, relaxing, and even educational experience.

Rumors Swirl Amidst Sherri Shepherd’s Divorce Announcement

Sherri Shepherd, a co-host on The View, filed for divorce from her husband, Lamar Sally, earlier this week.

A Record Breaking $4.5 BILLION Divorce Settlement for Russian Oligarch

A divorce in Switzerland that has spanned six years has finally come to an end with a record shattering $4.5 billion settlement being awarded to Elena Rybolovlev, ex-wife of Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev.

How to Handle Divorce Depositions

If your divorce action cannot be settled outside of the court room and a trial is pending, both parties will have to partake in a deposition.

People v. Glob, and the Impact on Orders of Protection

What does a case involving an impersonation of a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar have to do with matrimonial and family law?

Halle Berry’s HUGE Child Support Order

It is being reported that Halle Berry has been ordered to pay her ex-boyfriend and father of her 6 year old daughter, Gabriel Aubry, a whopping $16,000 per month in child support.

Divorced and Living Together with Brian D. Perskin & Associates, P.C.

According to a report on the Huffington Post, Gwyneth Paltrow and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Chris Martin, are still residing under the same roof.

Possible New NYC Family Court Judges

New York State legislatures voted to increase the number of Family Court judges on Thursday, June 19th, and Friday, June 20th.

What Happens if I Can’t Afford my Legal Fees?

Reports are surfacing regarding George Zimmerman’s financial standing amid his current divorce action against his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.

Post-Nuptial Agreements and Stay-at-Home Parents

People choose to become stay at home parents for many different reasons, which can include the birth of a child, sudden unemployment, or rising costs in childcare and nanny services.

Attorney Perskin Named to The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers

Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. is proud to announce that Attorney Perskin has earned the significant achievement of being selected as one of The National Advocates.

Sherri Shepherd’s Child Custody Victory

Sherri Shepherd is having one heck of a year. Recently fired from her co-host position on The View and in the midst of a divorce and two child custody battles, she can sure use some good news.

Divorces Involving Invalid Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements are legally binding documents signed by a couple before their marriage that details their separate property (including investment and other financial accounts), and outlines how potential joint assets will be divided in the event of a divorce, as well as addressing the issue of alimony.

Divorce and Estate Planning in New York State

Here at Brian D. Perskin & Associates, P.C., we are very big supporters of modifying your estate plans and details of your last will and testament after a divorce is finalized.

Divorce and Co-Parenting During The School Year

Making the transition from summertime fun to a regimented school schedule can be difficult for both children and parents, especially if the parents are divorced.

Chinese District Puts Cap on Divorce Filings

In a drastic attempt to preserve the sanctity of marriage, a city district in China is limiting the number of divorce filings to 15 per day.

Handling College Tuition Obligations During Divorce

Regardless of whether your children are young, just starting high school, or embarking on their collegiate journey, the subject of college tuition needs to be addressed in New York divorce cases.

International Flight Diverted Due to Custody Dispute

An unidentified woman is being accused of kidnapping after she took her child from its father during a heated custody dispute.

Protecting Your Credit During (and After) a Divorce

Divorce can lead to a slew of financial dilemmas, which can negatively affect your credit score.

Divorce Fever Hits Hollywood

Divorce has swept through Hollywood over the last month, and celebrities from all sides of the entertainment business are feeling the blow of their marriages ending.

Becoming a Divorced SINGLE Parent

Typically, divorce professionals and therapists will recommend couple’s actively participate in co-parenting their children after they decide to end their marriage.

Supernatural Creature Denied Alimony from Human Husband

A woman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is now facing a post-divorce life without alimony after the Appeals Court in Dubai ruled that her husband was not required to pay her a sum of about $11,000 US in spousal support.

Get Help for Domestic Violence NOW

A news report is surfacing of a woman, a victim of repeated domestic abuse, who stealthily called 911 for help while her attacker was still in the home.

$995 MILLION Divorce Settlement Shatters US Records

Divorce doesn’t always come cheap, especially if you’re one of the wealthiest oil tycoons in the country.

Mobile DNA Testing Comes to New York City

Last week, CBS reported on the arrival of the ” Who’s Your Daddy?” mobile DNA testing truck to the Big Apple.

Coping With Divorce During The Holiday Season

The holiday season, typically a joyous time of the year, can be hard on those going through divorce, especially families with children.

Alternative Parenting Arrangements during Divorce

Parents who opt for an amicable divorce over a contested litigated battle will often research alternative parenting and custody arrangements to help their children transition and process the divorce better.

Divorce and Visitation with an Abusive Spouse

Domestic violence is a major issue that plagues unhealthy relationships, and in extreme circumstances, can even become life threatening.

The Real Gift Children of Divorce Want This Christmas

Despite what the songs may say, the holiday season might not be the most wonderful time of the year if you’re going through a divorce.

What to Anticipate During Tough Custody Battles

Regardless of how good intentions between parties may be at the start of a child custody action, there is always the possibility of emotions turning sour, minds being changed, or other unexpected circumstances (such as the emergency relocation of one party) that will impact the proceedings.

How Long Does it Take to Get Divorced in NYC?

If you’re new to the divorce process, then you undoubtedly have a plethora of questions surrounding the ins and outs of matrimonial and family law in New York State.

How Can I Rebuild my Credit After Divorce?

As previously discussed, contested divorces can have the potential to ruin a party’s credit score due to litigation costs, becoming a single income household, and new financial obligations such as child support and maintenance payments.

Determining Paternity in New York City

Paternity disputes and DNA tests have been portrayed as a joke by television shows like Maury, when in reality, they play a pivotal role in child custody and support cases throughout the United States.

Child Custody and Support in New York State

Child custody and child support are two of the primary parts of New York divorce cases involving children.

Attorney Perskin Lends Insight in Reuters Article on Divorce Apps

Attorney Brian Perskin was recently consulted in new Reuters piece describing the growing role of expense and budgeting apps in the life of newly divorced couples.

Filing First: Getting a Head Start in the NY Divorce Race

If you’re considering divorce, then it is highly recommended that you don’t wait for your spouse to make the first move.

Mothers’ Rights in New York Divorce

Primary child custody has historically been awarded to mothers in divorce cases due to “maternal preference,” or the notion that mothers raised children best, not fathers.

The Benefit of Prenuptial Agreements

The prenuptial agreement’s popularity is on the rise, and for good reason.

How to Prepare for a Child Custody Battle

Uncontested child custody cases have the potential to turn into nasty battles.

The Power of Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements have the power to greatly impact marriages and divorces.

Attorney Perskin Interviewed by Crain’s New York Business

Attorney Brian D. Perskin recently sat down with Crain’s New York Business for an interview that delved into his 25 years as a New York divorce lawyer.

Special Issues Facing High Net Worth Divorces

Divorces involving a great deal of assets require the specialized attention of an experienced matrimonial attorney.

Attorney Perskin Writes on a New “Facebook” Divorce Law for CNBC

Just yesterday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper ruled that a woman could, in fact, deliver her divorce summons to her estranged husband over Facebook.

Timeline for Divorce in New York City

The family law firm of Brian D. Perskin & Associates, P.C. has been representing New York City residents in divorce cases since 1990. One of the most common questions our clients have is “How long will it take to get divorced?”

Animal Custody in New York City Divorce

According to a 2014 study from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), attorneys across the country have noticed a sizeable increase in the number of pet custody cases over the past five years.

How Do Prenuptial Agreements Affect Engagement Ring Laws?

An engagement ring is often the most expensive gift a woman will receive and one of the most meaningful.

Infidelity Clauses in Prenuptial Agreements

The popularity of prenuptial agreements is on the rise.

Protecting Your Business During Divorce

High net worth divorce cases involve assets of significant value, which can include business ownerships or partnerships.

Important Information Regarding Divorce Consultations

Consulting with an experienced family law attorney will be beneficial to your divorce case.

Steps to Take After Being Served with Divorce Papers

Being served with divorce papers can stir up a variety of emotions, especially if you were not aware that your spouse wanted to end your marriage.

New Developments in Billion Dollar Divorce Case

Last year, reports surfaced that a record shattering divorce settlement had been reached in a 6 yearlong battle.

Prenuptial Agreements during Divorce Actions

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are receiving praise from matrimonial attorneys throughout New York because of the security they provide married couples in the event of divorce.

Can a Pet Help You Cope with Divorce?

Divorce can be a traumatic and heartbreaking experience for all involved.

Marriage Equality = Divorce Equality

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that makes same sex marriage legal across the country.

Dividing Assets in New York Divorce

New York divorce cases can be complex.

What is an Enhanced Earnings Capacity?

Equitable distribution, or the division of assets, is a major component of most New York divorce actions.

Marital Debt in New York Divorce

We have previously discussed the division of assets in New York divorce.

Social Media Rules for Divorce

Social media is becoming an increasingly popular component of divorce cases across the globe.

A Guide to Divorce by Publication in New York

It can be difficult to divorce a missing spouse, especially in cases of abandonment, but it is not impossible.

Back to School Season and Divorced Families

Back to school season can be challenging for parents whose children are still in full time summer mode.

Effective Co-Parenting for Families of Divorce

Parents who are in the beginning stages of ending their relationship should strive to have an amicable, child centered divorce.

Co-Parenting Goes High-Tech

Technology plays an ever-expanding role in our lives, especially in our communication and relationships.

Infographic Helps Parents Visualize the Effect of Divorce on Kids

Did you know that there is an average of 6 to 7 divorces per 1,000 people in New York State?

Pope Francis Announces New, Streamlined Annulments for Catholics

For some people, divorce isn’t just an emotional and financial hardship, it’s a spiritual one.

Grey Divorce: The Next Big Baby Boomer Trend?

Baby boomers have been at the forefront of many social, economic, and cultural movements throughout the past few decades.

Domestic Abuse Can Determine Child Custody

Domestic violence is a very serious matter that can play a pivotal role in divorce and child custody proceedings in New York State.

An Introduction to Child Custody in New York

Trying to navigate a New York City Family Court while pursuing a child custody case can be daunting, especially for parties who have no prior experience with this type of legal matter.

Ignoring the Peanut Gallery during Divorce

Divorce can be a tumultuous and life-altering experience.

Brian D. Perskin & Associates Now Offers Saturday Consultations!

Great news! In response to a growing demand, the family law firm of Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. now offers Saturday consultations!

New Spousal Maintenance Laws Coming into Effect This Month

After years of effort from lawmakers and advocates, the state of New York has finally passed comprehensive maintenance (or alimony) reform.

How is Child Custody Determined in New York?

Agreeing on a child custody plan is one of the hardest components of divorce.

Telling Your Children About Divorce

After much deliberation, you and your spouse have decided to proceed with divorce.

Infidelity and Divorce in NYC

Infidelity is often cited as the reason why a marriage ends in divorce, as the trust between spouses is no longer present.

Relocation with Children after Divorce

Divorce cases can become exponentially more difficult if children are involved, since there are issues surrounding child custody, visitation, and support that must be addressed.

Holiday Co-Parenting Strategies

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season this Thursday.

Parental Alienation in Custody Disputes

Divorce can be a trying time.

Divorce Can Be a Good Thing!

Divorce is tough. It can be an emotionally trying time, full of sadness, anger, or resentment.

Gearing Up for Divorce Month

The beginning of a new year is marked with resolutions, promises made to oneself to better themselves in one way or another, such as joining a gym or changing careers.

What Kind of Divorce is Right for You?

You’ve weighed your options, waited till after the holiday season has passed, and are finally ready to file for divorce.

Alternative Co-Parenting Strategies

Our society is shifting to one that places a high value on the benefits of co-parenting, and non-traditional custody agreements and parenting plans reflect that.

Divorce’s Impact on Health Insurance

Divorce can have an impact on many aspects of your life, including your health insurance coverage.

Extending Orders of Protection

An Order of Protection is a legally binding court order that acts as a tool to prevent harassment, abuse, stalking, or other violent and threatening behavior to occur between two or more people.

Annulments, Divorce, and Legal Separation

New Yorkers looking to part ways with their spouse have three options: an annulment, divorce, or legal separation.

Grounds for Divorce in New York

In 2010, New York became a “no-fault” divorce state.

Building a Winning Divorce Strategy

Unfortunately, contested divorce cases can be compared to war, with ex-spouses battling it out in the courtroom for child custody, financial support, and the distribution of assets.

Celebrating with Divorce Parties

Once an outrageous concept, divorce parties are growing in popularity as the stigma associated with ending a marriage disappears.

Preparing for a Divorce Trial

While most divorce cases are settled outside of the court room, highly contested actions often proceed to trial.

Modifying an Order of Child Support

Child support is an integral component of divorce and custody disputes, and is typically awarded to the parent who is granted residential or primary custody of a child or children.

Troubled Spouses and Child Custody

Issues surrounding child custody and visitation during contested divorce battles are a major concern for the court.

Building a Strong Attorney-Client Relationship

Developing a strong relationship with your attorney is a very important component of crafting a winning divorce strategy.

Residency Requirements in New York State

Each State has its own laws concerning matrimonial and family law actions, including pre-filing requirements, rules for the division of assets, and different legal procedures and processes.

The Stress Free Divorce

Let’s be honest: divorce is hard. It’s a monstrous life change that can be emotionally, mentally, and physically taxing.

Preparing for a Divorce Consultation

Meeting with an attorney and gathering information is an integral first step in the divorce process.

Would Your Child Benefit from Therapy?

Divorce effects children differently.

Divorced Moms on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be difficult for divorced parents, especially mothers.

Introducing Your Child to the Concept of Therapy

As discussed previously, divorce effects all children differently.

The Divorce Process in New York

“What is the divorce process in New York like?” and “What is the timeline for a divorce?”

Divorce and Custody Resources in New York City

The beginning of the divorce process can seem daunting, especially when you don’t know where to turn.

Learn to Thrive After Divorce

Divorce can be a long process, full of twists, turns, and unexpected roadblocks.

Post-Nuptial Agreements for Stay-at-Home Parents

Choosing to become a stay-at-home parent is an admirable decision, but it is one that requires special consideration.

Subpoenas in NY Divorce

Contested divorce actions can be complex.

Commemorating Your Divorce

Life’s milestones deserve to be celebrated and commemorated.

Child Support and Summer Camp

New York State requires a non-custodial parent to help with child rearing costs during, and after, a divorce or child custody action.

The Benefits of Hiring a Divorce Lawyer

It is possible to get a divorce without hiring an attorney, but it isn’t necessarily advised.

Modifying Court Orders in NYC

There are two forms of child support modifications: upwards modification and downwards modification.

Expedited Divorce in New York

The best things in life are worth waiting for.

What to Look for in a Divorce Attorney

Trying to find a divorce or child custody lawyer can be overwhelming.

Divorce and Family Law Misunderstandings

Initiating a divorce or family court matter can be intimidating and confusing, especially when there are many misconceptions surrounding the process.

True American Divorce Statistics

There has been a long standing belief that half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce.

Back to School for Children of Divorce

It’s that time of year again: the weather is cooling down, days are becoming a little shorter, and kids are going back to school.

Child Abuse v. Child Neglect in New York

Child abuse and neglect are two of the most serious and concerning types of cases currently plaguing the Family Court system.

What Makes “Gray Divorce” Different

There are has been a recent spike in couples pursuing divorces later in life, leading to the coinage of the term “Gray Divorce” to describe this occurrence.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Divorce

News outlets across the country are buzzing with the announcement that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Brad Pitt.

How to Conduct Yourself in a Courtroom

Your divorce case will likely require you to appear in divorce court several times for different litigation sessions or to file and present your case before a judge.

Attorney Evan Seckular Selected for 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. is proud to announce that Attorney Evan S. Seckular has been honored by Super Lawyers this year! For his outstanding work in the matrimonial and family law arena, he has been selected for the 2016 New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Child Abuse Allegations during Divorce and Custody

An allegation of child abuse is a very serious matter that the Court does not take lightly.

Cost Effective Divorce Strategies

Let’s face it: divorce can be expensive.

Avoiding Common Child Custody Mistakes

For parents facing a contentious divorce, it’s common to have very specific child custody and visitation goals in mind.

What Can I Do If My Child Refuses Visitation?

As a custodial parent, one of your primary goals is to promote a healthy and active relationship between your child and your ex-spouse.

Understanding Pendente Lite Orders

When couples file for divorce, they do not immediately start living the lives they will lead post-marriage.

The 4 Cardinal Rules of Co-Parenting

A divorce involving children can be an incredibly difficult experience, especially when it comes to learning how to co-parent effectively.

How to Tell Others About Your Divorce

The divorce process can be difficult and confusing,

What Makes Military Divorce Different

For the most part, the divorce process for members of the military is no different than it is for civilians.

Co-Parenting Tips For The Holiday Season

The 2016 holiday season is officially here. While usually a chaotic (but joyous!) time, the holidays can bring about additional challenges for divorced couples as they try to figure out how to juggle co-parenting responsibilities during this festive time of year.

What Are Hidden Assets?

Going through a divorce can be a highly antagonistic affair, and oftentimes matters can be made worse when one spouse decides to hide their assets in an effort to protect them from being divided.

The Most Absurd Reasons For Divorce

People file for divorce for a multitude of reasons.

Is Your Divorce Lawyer Ruining Your Case?

New York City lawyers are a dime a dozen.

The Top 7 Winning Divorce Rules

Do not sabotage your divorce lawsuit before it even begins.

How to Have A Better Holiday During Divorce

The first holiday season after a divorce can be difficult, but the joyous time of year doesn’t have to be a drag if you remember to keep these 6 simple rules in mind.

5 Things You Should Do Before Filing For Divorce

Deciding to file for divorce is a big deal.

Uncontested Divorce: What You Need to Know

January, often referred to as “Divorce Month” by numerous matrimonial law attorneys, sees an uptick in new case filings immediately following the New Year.

Is Spousal Support Guaranteed in a New York Divorce?

In a New York divorce, there is spousal support or “temporary maintenance” and then there is maintenance.

5 Tips for Winning a Contested Divorce

Contested divorces are the polar opposite of their uncontested counterparts.

Grounds for Divorce in New York

When filing for divorce in New York, the Plaintiff must state a reason for the divorce.

Does Cheating Affect Alimony in New York City?

As of this writing, about 50 percent of all first marriages in the United States end in divorce.

Moving On After Divorce

Let’s be honest: divorce hurts. You are mourning the loss of a relationship, a way of living, and reentering the world as a single person. It’s scary, and you may not know what to do, or how to cope after your case is finalized. Read on for tips and ideas on how to move on after … Read more

A Step-by-Step Guide for Changing Your Name After Divorce in NYC

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who wish to change their name after divorce, and those who don’t. Some women find it therapeutic to return to their maiden name, while others, well, they could care less. Follow these instructions if you want to change your last name, or call us at … Read more

Why Should You Hire Brian D. Perskin & Associates for Your Divorce Case?

New York City divorce lawyers are a dime a dozen. With an over-saturated market, why should you hire Brian Perskin & Associates P.C. to represent you during your divorce or child custody case? A Divorce Powerhouse Brian Perskin, a graduate of Washington College of Law, opened his firm in 1991, which has grown from a one-man … Read more

Legal Custody in New York

Many people don’t realize that there are two forms of child custody in New York: Legal Custody and Physical Custody. Knowing the difference between the two is crucial if you are a litigant in a child custody case. Today, we will focus our discussion on legal custody. What is the definition of legal custody? What does … Read more

Traveling with Children during Divorce

Traveling with kids is no walk in the park, but traveling with children during divorce can often present extra hurdles. There is a lot to do before you take off, including obtaining a passport, getting permission, and confirming an itinerary with your ex. Read on for important information about traveling with children during divorce: Obtaining a … Read more

What is the Hague Convention?

Last week, we briefly mentioned the Hague Convention while discussing traveling with children during divorce. Besides being a very complex area of law, what exactly is the Hague Convention, and how can it help protect your children? An Introduction to the Hague Convention The Hague Convention (HC) is a treaty that was created to help … Read more

The Top 4 Annulment Myths… Debunked!

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to annulments in New York. In fact, you may be shocked to find out that you are unable to file for an annulment, and instead must proceed with a divorce if you want to end your marriage. Below, the family law firm of Brian D. Perskin … Read more

A Guide to Celebrating Mother’s Day During Divorce

The first Mother’s Day during divorce can be difficult. Can a mom depend on her ex to make the day special? Will she be left in the dust if she doesn’t have scheduled parenting time on Sunday? Surviving Mother’s Day during divorce is easier than you may think, especially when both parents take steps to … Read more

Divorce by Publication in New York

Despite popular belief, it is possible to get a divorce if you don’t know where your spouse lives. This process is called Divorce by Publication, and it isn’t easy. Divorce by Publication is a long and tedious process, and you should not proceed without an attorney. An Overview of Divorce by Publication This kind of … Read more

Say “I Do” to a Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial Agreements were once a taboo subject, but they are now gaining mainstream popularity. A growing number of engaged couples are signing prenuptial agreements prior to their wedding day. If you’re engaged, you need to make sure discussing a prenuptial agreement with your partner is an essential part of your wedding planning. To help aide in … Read more

4 Signs Your Child Needs Therapy during Divorce

Divorce is difficult, especially for children. Divorcing parents have a lot to worry about, including how their child is coping with the divorce. Are they adjusting well, or are they misbehaving at school? Some out-of-character behavior is expected, but how do you know when your child needs therapy during divorce? 1. Long term behavioral changes … Read more

Did You Hire the Right Divorce Attorney?

Hiring the right divorce attorney is hard. The process of finding a lawyer can be long, and often involves hours of research and reading client testimonials. Even after you have done your due diligence, you may still find yourself doubting whether or not you made the best decision. How can you really tell if you’ve … Read more

Tips for Celebrating Father’s Day during Divorce

Last month, the team at Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. published a guide for surviving Mother’s Day during a divorce. With Father’s Day quickly approaching, we thought it’d be helpful to bring you our top tips for celebrating Father’s Day during divorce. Let Your Kids Have a Say Your children may be having a … Read more

Statements of Net Worth in New York Divorce

Some of the most common points of contention in New York divorce cases involve money. Spouses often disagree on child support, alimony, and equitable distribution. How can a Statement of Net Worth help to alleviate these issues? What is a Statement of Net Worth? A Statement of Net Worth is a court document, and is … Read more

What to Expect in Your Divorce Consultation

Meeting with an attorney and gathering information is an important first step when filing for a divorce. Attending a divorce consultation can be a nerve-wracking, but necessary, experience. Knowing what to expect can help ease you into the process, and make the experience more comfortable. What to Expect When You Contact Us At Brian D. … Read more

Divorce and Child Custody 101

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to divorce and child custody. Having a basic understanding of the two is vital to the success of your case. Should you file for a divorce or legal separation? Can you have legal custody if your child doesn’t live with you? Consider this your much needed crash course in … Read more

Common Divorce Myths in New York

The internet is a wonderful tool, but it can be harmful to your divorce or child custody case. There are countless divorce horror stories online, and it’s hard to not believe them. Luckily, the team at Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. have shed a light on the most common New York divorce myths out … Read more

Dealing with Anger during Divorce

Feeling angry during divorce is perfectly normal. In fact, it’s to be expected. Divorce is a major life change, and your case will not always go as planned. You need to learn how to recognize when you’re getting mad, and how to deal with your anger during divorce. Physical Signs of Anger Nothing is more … Read more

Introducing Legal Financing with Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C.

At Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C., we are sensitive to the fact that divorce and family law cases can be expensive. We encourage our clients to take measures to keep their legal fees low, but sometimes, that isn’t enough. This is why we are proud to announce that our firm now offers legal financing … Read more

Alternative Forms of Co-Parenting After Divorce

Traditional family dynamics are changing, and so are co-parenting arrangements after divorce. Gone are the days when a divorced mother would be the primary custodian. What are some of the new forms of co-parenting, and will they work for your family? Parallel Parenting Parallel Parenting was designed with high-conflict families in mind. The purpose of … Read more

Parallel Parenting: Conflict Free Co-Parenting

Last week, we briefly touched on parallel parenting during our discussion on alternative forms of co-parenting. However, this method deserves more in-depth coverage, as it can be helpful for divorcees who are unable to co-parent successfully. What is Parallel Parenting? Parallel Parenting allows for divorced couples to co-parent while keeping their interaction with each other … Read more

We’ve Been Nominated for Best of Brooklyn!

Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. is proud to announce their nomination as Best Divorce Law Firm in Brooklyn. The Best of Brooklyn competition, hosted by Dime Community Bank, aims to shed a spotlight on the best businesses in the Borough. Voting for the Best of Brooklyn Casting your vote for the Best in Brooklyn … Read more

Divorce During the School Year: Q&A

Back to school season can be tough for families of divorce. There can be a lot of uncertainty surrounding custody, support, and co-parenting during the school year. Things can become even more complicated if your divorce case is just beginning. What are the most common questions divorced parents have regarding the school year? Will my … Read more

Orders of Protection in New York

Orders of Protection are court orders that aim to help prevent harassment, domestic abuse, and stalking. These court orders are fairly common in divorce and family law cases. However, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding these documents. Filing for an Order of Protection New York State allows litigants to file for an Order … Read more

Protecting Your Credit during Divorce

Divorce has the power to impact every aspect of your life, especially your finances. Protecting your credit during your divorce will help to secure your financial future after your case is settled. What steps can you take now, to ensure that your credit doesn’t suffer later? Why Your Credit Score Matters Your credit score is … Read more

Modifying Child Custody Orders in New York

Child custody is one of the most important components of divorce. Your child custody agreement will determine if your child will live with you, or if you can make decisions on their behalf. It is likely that your child custody order will need to be changed as time goes on. What are some of the … Read more

High Net Worth Divorce in NYC

All divorce cases have challenges, but high net worth cases are more complex and present additional obstacles. Assets must be addressed during these unique cases. What key things should you know if you’re facing a high net worth divorce? Handling Assets High net worth divorce cases often involve a great deal of assets. Assets can … Read more

Top 5 Reasons You May Get Divorced

Statistics show that nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. Why is this? Are small habits and annoyances to blame, or is it something big that causes couples to get divorced? While the exact cause for divorce varies, here, we discuss the Top 5 reasons couples call it quits: Financial Issues Money impacts every … Read more

Telling Your Children You’re Getting a Divorce

The only thing harder than deciding to file for divorce, is telling your children. In fact, doing so is one of the aspects of divorce that parents dread the most. Luckily, the team at Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. have drawn on their years of experience and put together the essential how to guide … Read more

Law Guardians in Child Custody Cases

Child custody actions involve the whole family, not just parents. In New York custody cases, a child will be appointed a law guardian, who will advocate on their behalf. Besides representing children, what is the law guardian’s role in divorce and custody disputes? An Advocate for Your Child A law guardian is your child’s attorney … Read more

Should You File for Divorce during the Holiday Season?

The decision to divorce your spouse is a big one, especially if made during the holiday season. This time of year, while usually joyous, can become stressful when coupled with a divorce filing. Should you wait to file for divorce until after the holiday season? Holiday Season Interruptions The holiday season is chock full of … Read more

Rules for Living with Your Ex during Divorce

Filing for divorce can be expensive, and many litigants don’t realize that they are responsible for more than just their legal fees. To help combat the financial blow, you can take steps to save money during divorce. An unusual, but increasingly common, way to keep costs low is living with your ex during divorce. Living … Read more

The Financial Benefit of Divorce

It comes as no surprise that divorce can be a costly endeavor. Legal fees, becoming a single income household, and support payments can do major damage to your wallet. As awful and scary as that all sounds, there is a financial benefit to divorce. Fresh Start for Financial Responsibilities You face a big lifestyle change … Read more

Financial Pitfalls during Divorce

Last week, we let you in on a little secret: there are hidden financial benefits to divorce. Unfortunately, there are drawbacks, as well. What are the most common financial pitfalls you may face during your divorce, and how can you avoid them? Paying Your Retainer Fee The first financial pitfalls of divorce begin as soon … Read more

Make a New Year’s Resolution for Divorce in 2018

With a new year, comes a new you. As we say goodbye to 2017, and usher in 2018, many New Yorkers are making New Year’s resolutions. From getting healthy to finding a new job, we strive to better ourselves each year. For some, they make a New Year’s resolution to get a divorce. Unfortunately, not … Read more

Physical Custody in New York State

Divorce is one of the most difficult experiences you will have, especially if you have children. Child custody is a major part of most divorce cases, and it can be broken down into two types: physical custody, and legal custody. What is physical custody, and what does it mean for your divorce? What is Physical … Read more

7 Things to Know Before You File for Divorce

Filing for a divorce is a major undertaking. Your case will likely have many twists and turns, and you will face roadblocks before you’re officially divorced. How can you prepare for these challenges, and what are the top things you should know before you file for divorce? 1. Know What Kind of Case You Have … Read more

Rules for Divorce in New York

Last week, we provided insider tips for what you should know before you file for divorce. While that information is great, your divorce cases involves much more. In fact, there are rules for divorce that you must follow to help guarantee a successful case. What are the top 4 rules for divorce, and how can … Read more

Valentine’s Day during Divorce

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The most romantic day of the year. A time for couples to shower each other with love and affection. But what about those people who aren’t so lucky in love? Valentine’s Day is notoriously hard for those going through a divorce. What are the dos and don’ts of surviving Valentine’s Day during … Read more

Is a Lump Sum Alimony Payment Right for You?

Alimony is one of the most fought over parts of divorce in New York.  Whether you’re receiving support, or you have to pay your ex, you likely have some strong views on the subject. A hot topic of contention is lump sum alimony payments vs. monthly payments. What are Lump Sum Alimony Payments? Lump sum … Read more

Spying on Your Spouse during Divorce

Technology plays an ever present role in divorce actions, but whether or not that is always a good thing is up for debate. Public posts on social media can be used as evidence in divorce trials, and there are apps to make co-parenting easier. As you can see, technology can be a useful tool, but … Read more

Divorce News: Can Science Predict Who Will Get Divorced?

It’s impossible to tell which couples head to divorce court after walking down the aisle. There are the obvious reasons for divorce, such as infidelity and financial issues, but social scientists wanted to find out who is most likely to file. Business Insider reviewed marriage and divorce studies, and compiled the top traits that may … Read more

Top Co-Parenting Apps for Divorced Parents

Parenting is challenging enough on its own, but trying to do it in the midst of a divorce is another beast altogether. Learning how to juggle co-parenting responsibilities while dealing with the turmoil of a divorce can cause a lot of uncertainty and stress for the parents and children. Thankfully, co-parenting has gone high tech. … Read more

Military Divorce in New York

Being a member of the military is tough. It can take you away from your family, and makes communicating with your loved ones difficult. As honorable as it is to serve in the military, it can put a strain on your marriage. Military divorce has some unique obstacles, but the right law firm can make … Read more

Are You Staying Together for the Kids?

Divorce is scary. It’s an upheaval. The fear of the unknown can often prevent couples from taking those crucial first steps. Many parents will forego filing for a divorce, believing that staying married is the best option for their children. Contrary to popular belief, staying together for the kids isn’t always the right answer. Reasons … Read more

8 Time-Tested Strategies For Your Divorce

Divorces are tough. And there’s no point in making things even tougher on yourself by trying to reinvent the legal wheel, so to speak. Here are some time-tested divorce strategies that will help keep things simple. Hire An Attorney Even if you think you’ve already ‘worked everything out,’ it is best to always to hire … Read more

How To Get A Divorce If You Have A Special Needs Child

Divorce is hard, and so is being a parent. But being a parent going through a divorce that involves the care of a special needs child? That can seem insurmountable. The unfortunate reality for parents of special needs children is a higher divorce rate and more demanding childcare. Special needs children complicate the divorce process. Even … Read more

Selling Your Home During a New York Divorce

So, you’re going to file for a divorce. There are many decisions that must be made, and assuming you own a home, deciding what to do with it is one of the biggest. You have a few different options when it comes to addressing this issue. Is selling your home during divorce the best choice … Read more

Legal Separation in New York: an Alternative to Filing for Divorce

New Yorkers looking to part ways with their spouse have three options: divorce, annulment, or legal separation. When you’re dating and you want to take a break from your relationship, it’s easy. But when you’re married? Not so much. Can a legal separation help you avoid the hardships of divorce? Legal Separation vs. Divorce Many … Read more

When Does The Wife Have To Pay Alimony?

Traditionally alimony has been a benefit provided to women after a divorce. But the concept, like society at large, has evolved. There are a growing number of stay-at-home dads and women are the primary breadwinners in 40% of today’s households. This is a fundamental change in the financial makeup of the American family. Along with … Read more

Divorce In Nassau County

If you are in Nassau County and you are going through a divorce, you probably have some questions about the process, and how divorces in Nassau County work. That is a smart move. You want to have a complete understanding of what to do to achieve the best possible outcome. That’s where Brian D. Perskin … Read more

The Positive Side to Divorce (Yes, it Really Can be a Good Thing!)

Listen, we know that divorce sucks. Sure, some days will be easier than others, but divorce does have its difficulties. You will be stressed, hurt, and feel worn down. This is completely normal, and it won’t last forever. Believe it or not, there is a positive side to divorce, and it can actually be a … Read more

What A High Net Worth Individual Needs To Know About Contested Divorce

Contested divorces, with high net worth couples have a high probability of getting ugly. This is due to the amount that both parties could lose, in addition to their marriage. For couples who truly cared about one another at one time, neither party wants to see even an ex-spouse thrown out into the cold. Yet, … Read more

The Divorce Process in New York City: A Guide to Navigating Your Case

The divorce process can be confusing, especially if you’ve never had to deal with divorce before. When can you file, and where should you do it? What documents do you need, and how long until you are divorced? New York City divorce cases are complex matters, and unfortunately, no two actions will be the same. … Read more

Financial Abuse in New York City Divorce

Domestic abuse, a very serious issue, can take on many different forms. It doesn’t just include physical violence or mental abuse. An often overlooked form of abuse during a marriage is financial abuse. What, exactly, is financial abuse, and what can you do if you’ve fallen victim to this kind of behavior? Read on to … Read more

What To Expect When Relocating Out Of New York After A Divorce

If you are involved in a divorce in New York and are planning to move out of state after the divorce is finalized, there are some things you should know first. While moving out of state can be a good idea, it does bring with it some unique challenges. Keep reading to learn what to … Read more

Divorce In Staten Island

While the rest of the state was revealed by New York’s Office of Court Administration to be declining in the number of divorces filed in the past year, the Staten Island rates have increased at least two percent. However, the reason for the rest of the state’s statistical decline is theorized to have far more … Read more

Social Media: Friend or Foe during Divorce?

Social media; you either love it or you hate it. But regardless of your personal opinions on the matter, social media will have a major effect on your divorce case.  How you handle your individual accounts will help to determine if  social media will be your friend, or foe, during divorce. Social Profiles Spell Disaster … Read more

What You Need To Know About Your Lawyer During A Custody Battle

If you’re involved in a custody battle, and your lawyer is failing to advocate for your needs and rights as a parent, it may be time to seek other legal arrangements. At Brian D. Perskin & Associates, we have experience with custody battles of all kinds – and we fight aggressively for your parental rights. … Read more

Co-Parenting During The Summer: Tips & Tricks

Co-parenting with an ex has its challenges, but what is most important is the health, safety, and happiness of the kids. Even if you and your ex didn’t leave things on the best terms, that is in no way your children’s fault and therefore, they shouldn’t have to endure the ramifications of such a situation. … Read more

Cash Poor And Asset Rich? Here Are Some Divorce Tips That Can Help

The cost of divorce is high, and the cost of living in New York is even higher. If you are a cash-poor but asset-rich individual facing divorce, your priority is to be as smart and financial-savvy as possible. Whether you are a real estate owner tied up in many properties, an investor with lots of … Read more

Residency Requirements for Divorce in New York

Many people want to file for a divorce in New York, but not everyone can. In order for New York to hold jurisdiction over your case, you must meet one of the state’s strict residency requirements for divorce. Read on to find out if you qualify for a divorce in New York! Residency Requirements in … Read more

Changing Attorneys During A Divorce: What You Need To Know

Divorce is hard on everyone involved. It is a long, grueling process but unfortunately, in some situations, it is the only way to get your life back on track. However, if you have an attorney that isn’t getting you the results you deserve in the quickest time frame the law allows, then that process becomes amply … Read more

Why Moving Out during Divorce is a Big Mistake

There are many divorce myths floating around the internet. Does the mother automatically get custody of the kids? Will the husband be forced to pay alimony? The biggest, and definitely one of the most harmful, involves moving out of the marital home during divorce. Read on to learn why moving out is one of the … Read more

The Most Common Myths About Divorce

Getting a divorce can be a complicated affair. Nothing makes things worse than false information floating around and misleading you. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here’s our guide to the most common myths about divorce. Myth #1: Whoever Is At Fault For The Divorce Will “Lose” In Court Some people think that whoever … Read more

Who Needs A Prenuptial Agreement?

Asking for a prenuptial agreement can be awkward. Some people, however, convince themselves that they don’t need to worry about it because they don’t need a prenuptial agreement. Sometimes they are right, and other times, they are tragically wrong. Here’s everything you need to know about who needs a prenuptial agreement. Who Needs A Prenuptial … Read more

Alternative Methods to Help Cope with Divorce

It’s no secret that the divorce process is rough. It is emotionally and mentally draining, and can do major damage to your self-esteem. Learning how to cope with divorce will determine how the process affects you, and help you prepare for a happier and healthier life once your case is finished. There are countless ways … Read more

5 Things to Talk to Your Divorce Attorney About

Filing for divorce is never an easy decision. Often it may seem overwhelming. When difficult times such as these occur, it is vital that you find the best possible legal representation to ensure the best possible outcome. But, what are the most important topics to cover when discussing divorce with a potential lawyer? To help … Read more

Financial Fraud in Divorce: 4 Things to Look Out For

Financial fraud is a major problem that plagues many contested and high net worth divorce cases. New York requires each party to disclose their finances during their divorce case. Unfortunately, a number of resentful spouses will take steps to defraud their ex during divorce. What are the telltale signs of financial fraud in divorce, and … Read more

Why Child Support Enforcement Can Help Parents

Child support is a critical way to help single-parent families raise children and reduce the threat of poverty. Divorce can be particularly hard on children. As painful as a broken marriage can be, children shouldn’t be subjected to the problems associated with missed child support payments – lack of money for food, rent or other … Read more

Why You Should Never File for Divorce Without A Lawyer

Filing for divorce is an extremely stressful time for everyone involved. But, do you really need legal counsel if you feel you can handle it all by yourself? Here are just a few reasons why you should never file for divorce without a lawyer. Time Regardless of how simple you may feel your divorce will … Read more

Best Practices When Preparing for a Child Custody Evaluation

Having to fight for the custody of your child is a horrifying experience that no parent ever wants to face. If you find yourself in this daunting situation, however, it is critical that you know what you are up against. Here is our useful guide for preparing for a child custody evaluation. What Is A … Read more

Dress for Success: The Best Ways to Present Yourself in Court

You have enough to worry about when it comes to your divorce, so what you wear on a daily basis is the likely one of the last things on your mind. Trust us, we get it. But when it comes time to go to court, what you wear will make a big impact. Read on … Read more

What Is Marital Abandonment?

Abandonment means that one spouse has left the other without consent, but like adultery, proving desertion means more than that a person left home without the consent of the other spouse. Most states require that the defendant or respondent left home for a year or more; that the parties failed to agree about the departure; … Read more

Spousal Support After An Affair

Adultery is a common cause for spouses to separate and divorce. In many states, including New York, adultery by a spouse may be considered by the court in different aspects of the divorce proceedings. Here’s our guide to spousal support after an affair. Legal Grounds For A Divorce In New York, divorcing spouses may seek … Read more

What Happens To My 401(k), IRA, Or Pension In A Divorce?

When a marriage dissolves, the complicated process of dividing assets can often make for difficult discussions. When contemplating divorce, it is important to know how assets will be divided and the impact such divisions may have. Some of the assets that are divided include your 401(k), IRA, and pension.  In the state of New York, … Read more

How To Survive Financially After A Divorce

Divorces can be both mentally and financially difficult. But there are things you can do to stay above water and keep yourself afloat. Here’s our guide to how to survive financially after a divorce. Expect Your Financial Situation To Worsen For A Few Years After Your Divorce More often than not, the standard of living … Read more

Divorce Support Groups in New York City

You probably never thought your life would come to this. Separation, divorce, and all of the horrible things that come with it. Not only is divorce is one of the biggest changes you will face, but it can also be one of the scariest. The good news is that there are divorce support groups throughout … Read more

Expedited Divorce in New York: Do You Qualify?

It may be cliché, but the best things in life are worth waiting for, including divorce. But, what if you can’t wait? New York State grants quickie divorces on a case by case basis for those who meet certain criteria. How can you tell if you qualify for an expedited divorce? Qualifiers for Expedited Divorce … Read more

Super Lawyers: Attorneys at Brian D. Perskin & Associates Recognized as Rising Stars

We are excited to announce that Evan Seckular and Dina Botwinick, attorneys at Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. have been selected as part of the 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. What is Super Lawyers? Super Lawyers, part of Thompson Reuters, is a peer influenced and research-driven rating service, recognizing superior attorneys throughout the … Read more

What To Do If Your Ex-Spouse May Be Hiding Assets

If your ex-spouse hates the idea of paying alimony or child support, and you suspect that, to minimize these payments, he or she has hidden significant income or assets, then continue reading. Here’s our guide to what to do if your ex-spouse may be hiding assets. How Do I Know If My Ex Is Hiding … Read more

How to Use Media During a Divorce

One of the most appealing aspects of social media is being able to share your thoughts to a broad audience of people who are, to varying degrees, close to you. Sharing can include describing or alluding to emotionally challenging times in your life. The need to vent your feelings with trusted friends and family can … Read more

3 Reasons Why It’s Important to Be Active in a Divorce

Divorce is not fun – it’s that simple. It may seem like a good idea to switch off and not take an active role in your divorce proceedings due to the stresses that it may cause. This, however, is not a great idea for many reasons. Here are three reasons why it’s important to be … Read more

Top 5 Money Saving Divorce Tips

New York City is expensive. Between paying your rent or a mortgage, refilling your Metrocard, and enjoying all that our great city has to offer, you may feel a little strapped for cash. Don’t let your financial worries prevent you from filing a case. Just follow these 5 tips from Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C., … Read more

Are Witnesses Allowed in Divorce Hearings?

When going through a divorce, there are countless things to make you worry. From assets and alimony to your future and the rights of your children, it may all seem overwhelming. What do you do, however, if you think someone else may be able to provide crucial insight into your marriage and may help you … Read more

Bird’s Nest Co-Parenting in New York Divorce Cases

A number of divorced parents are drifting away from traditional custody and co-parenting arrangements. Instead, they are opting for alternative parenting methods. One non-traditional form of co-parenting is referred to as the Bird’s Nest method. What is bird’s nest co-parenting, and is it right for your family? What is Bird’s Nest Co-Parenting? Bird’s nest co-parenting … Read more

Tips for Surviving the Holidays during Divorce

The holiday season is usually a time reserved for celebrations with friends and family, but when you’re going through a divorce, it can feel anything but cheery. From co-parenting issues to questions from nosy relatives, divorce during the holidays can be difficult to navigate. To help you make the most of the season, here are … Read more

Common Terms in Divorce You Need to Know

Divorce can be confusing. This is especially true in the event of a contested divorce, where assets, alimony, and other considerations can lead to headaches and endless rounds of legal wrangling. What, though, can you expect after the divorce is settled? Here are some of the more common terms of divorce settlements that you need … Read more

What Happens to Pets After a Divorce?

Divorce isn’t easy for anybody. It can tear apart families and leave people – especially children, emotionally traumatized. Divorce also can have an adverse effect on the animals we love and treat as part of our family. But, after the dust settles, where do they go? What happens to pets after divorce? Pets and Divorce … Read more

Ways to be a Better Parent After Divorce

Divorce has lasting effects on everyone associated with it. It isn’t just the spouses who suffer, it’s also incredibly hard on children. To them, their whole world is collapsing. Here are a few key ways to be a better parent after a divorce. Be a Better Co-Parent While you and your ex might have broken … Read more

Student Loans and Divorce: Why Debt is Destroying Millennial Marriages

Getting married and starting a life together is something many couples look forward to.  But if you are a millennial carrying burdensome student loan debt, marriage can quickly turn sour. Here’s everything thing you need to know about debt and divorce: why student loans are destroying millennial marriages. The Realities of Student Debt and Marriage … Read more

Tips to Have an Amicable Divorce

Divorce is never fun. But that doesn’t mean it has to be nasty and bitter. Here are some helpful tips for making your divorce amicable. Keep an Eye Towards the Future When it comes to divorce, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of constantly digging up the past. It may seem … Read more

What is Palimony?

When it comes to legal terms, there can be an awful lot of confusion. This is most certainly the case when it comes to things such as palimony. It sure sounds like alimony, but can it really be that simple? At the Law Offices of Brian D. Perskin & Associates, we want all of our … Read more

How Domestic Abuse Can Affect Divorce Proceedings

Domestic abuse is one of the worst things that can happen in any relationship. From physical violence to emotional blackmail, abuse takes on many forms – all of them torturous. When abuse is present, divorce may seem like the best avenue of escape. But, how can domestic abuse affect divorce proceedings? Domestic Abuse Comes in … Read more

Why Practicing Self-Care is Essential During a Divorce

Divorce can be devastating. After years of marriage, you may suddenly find yourself thrust into a new reality which may seem alien.  Because of the messy and stressful nature of divorce, it is essential that you practice self-care. What is “self-care?” simply put, self-care is taking care of yourself. Pretty straightforward, right? It can be … Read more

Should I Hire a Forensic Accountant?

Divorces are never easy. This is especially true if there are huge sums of money involved. But, what can you do if you suspect your ex is attempting to hide assets from the court in an attempt to keep them safe from division? Or, what if you want to understand what will be a fair … Read more

Politics and Divorce: Don’t Let Party Affiliation Divide Your Family

Politics is a dangerous game to play. It can divide siblings, parents and children, and even husbands and wives. Here’s what you need to know about politics and divorce. Agree to Disagree Agreeing to disagree is a simple sentiment that can be difficult to follow through with. If you are a staunch Democrat, for example, … Read more

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