Category Archives: Divorce

Prenuptial vs. Postnuptial Agreements

No one wants to enter marriage already contemplating divorce, but it can be a prudent move, especially if you’ve been married before. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements both determine how assets will be divided in the event the marriage ends. What’s the difference between prenuptial and postnuptial agreements? Here’s a brief overview of what they are… Read More »

What to Do When Your Spouse Says They Want a Divorce

It is common for one spouse to unilaterally decide their marriage is over. When this happens, it can cause the other spouse significant distress. You might be tempted to beg them to stay, preemptively take your half of the joint assets or other emotional reactions. Unfortunately, knee-jerk responses can work against you. Here are some… Read More »

If Your Relationship Has an Imbalance of Power, Mediation May Not Be the Answer

Divorce mediation is a good way to find equitable solutions after you split. From dividing assets to negotiating custody and child support, mediation is a cooperative process. Instead of hiring lawyers for adversarial litigation, you may be able to reach a fair agreement for a fraction of the cost. Unfortunately, mediation isn’t right for all… Read More »

Finding Happiness During and After Your Divorce

Divorce is a major life change. With that change can come lots of complicated emotions, in addition to changes in location, financial situation, parenting arrangements and more. Staying emotionally and mentally healthy during and after the divorce process can be a challenge. Here are some tips for finding happiness during this tough time: Put the… Read More »

Who Gets the Engagement Ring in a Divorce?

Engagement rings are often one of the most expensive gifts someone can give—and when a marriage ends, it’s natural that the purchaser might want to get it back. In most states, including New York, engagement rings are considered a “conditional gift.” Do you have to give an engagement ring back to the purchaser? Here’s an… Read More »

Creating Healthy Coparenting Strategies Through Mediation

Even the friendliest of divorces can be a strain on couples, especially when they have children. Separating your lives and working out a parenting plan can bring up fears, insecurities and acrimonious attitudes. Litigating divorce and custody issues leaves coparenting strategies and custody issues up to a judge. Mediation is one of the best ways… Read More »

Challenges Faced By High-Conflict Couples in Mediation

Just because two spouses do not get along does not mean they cannot find success in divorce mediation. However, it is certainly true that high-conflict couples do face more barriers to mediation success, and thus spouses in these high-conflict relationships should be aware of those barriers before opting for mediation as their form of dispute… Read More »

Common Red Flags in Divorce Mediation

It’s certainly worth giving divorce mediation a shot if you think you and your spouse could make it work. After all, mediation cuts down on the length of the divorce (as well as the cost) and allows both spouses to take control over the issues of their divorce. However, it is important to carefully analyze… Read More »

Drafting a Divorce Settlement in Mediation

The mediation process can go quickly or take some time, depending on the complexity of the issues of your divorce and the willingness of both parties to collaborate and compromise. Eventually, though, you will finally reach the stage where you have agreed on all of the issues of your divorce and are ready to draft… Read More »

Tips for Having the Mediation Discussion With Your Spouse

If you have decided you want a divorce and have determined mediation or collaboration to be your ideal route forward, you will need to discuss the matter with your spouse. Remember that both of these tactics require face-to-face communication, so you should get the matter off on the right foot by properly communicating your intentions…. Read More »