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For Divorced Parents, Coronavirus Means Extra Complications

Though we’re all subject to the health risks and lifestyle restrictions associated with the COVID-19 virus, how we choose to protect ourselves is influenced by personal considerations. Raising sons and daughters after a divorce always presents complications, but the unexpected coronavirus pandemic has triggered new conflicts over custody and visitation, as parents who live apart… Read More »

Differences Between Mediation and Going to Court in a Divorce

Each decision that you make about your divorce can have significant consequences for years to come, but few choices are more important than selecting the forum where you and your spouse will address disagreements over divorce terms. When you evaluate whether to go to trial or seek resolution through mediation, you’re not just planning for… Read More »

Will the U.S. See its Divorce Rate Spike After the COVID-19 Quarantine Ends?

With so many American residents stuck at home with their families, prognosticators have predicted that several months down the road, the country could experience a baby boom and a divorce deluge. Unlike a cozy blizzard that keeps you home from work for a few days, a global pandemic that triggers shelter-in-place orders spreading over multiple… Read More »

Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic… Read More »

Misconceptions and Benefits of Family Law Mediation

At some point in most contested divorces, one or both spouses consider using mediation as a way to resolve conflicts over parenting arrangements, alimony, property division and other issues. Often, courts require the spouse to go through at least one round of discussions with a neutral third party before litigation can begin. Though many divorcing… Read More »

Are There Ways to Have a Happy and Healthy Divorce?

The notion of a “happy and healthy” divorce might seem ludicrous on its face, even if both spouses clearly understand that the time has come to move on. Although ending a marriage may involve sadness and stress, there are positive ways by which spouses can manage their breakup and their post-divorce lives. Family law attorneys… Read More »

Using Post-nuptial Agreements to Make the Most of Marital Mediation

The needs and goals of spouses change over time and professional assistance is often a good way to identify problems and find a better way forward. A relatively recent innovation for providing such assistance is marital mediation. While it doesn’t necessarily attack root causes of problems the way that therapy would, mediation attempts to find… Read More »

Some (Perhaps Unexpected) Ways to Reduce Legal Fees in a Divorce

When you’re going through a divorce, it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost control of the costs involved. It’s true, lawyers’ fees and related expenses can accumulate quickly, but no matter what circumstances led to your breakup, there are steps you can take to ease the financial bite. Taking a little time and making a… Read More »

Lawyers and Stats Suggest that February is Divorce Month

For the first two weeks of February, stores and advertisements are consumed with Valentine’s Day. The time of year seems suited to marriage proposals and other romantic gestures, but some family law attorneys claim that the opposite is true — dubbing February “Divorce Month.” For many years, divorce litigators have pointed to a significant hike… Read More »

Can You Use a Mediator in an Uncontested Divorce?

Even though divorce mediation is a form of dispute resolution, it is often appropriate even when no apparent conflicts exist. The New York divorce process is complicated and once a marital settlement agreement is finalized and given legal authority through a judicial order, a substantial revision is very unlikely. With so much at stake, bringing… Read More »