We handle issues incident to the dissolution of the marital partnership, including valuation and distribution of all types of closely held and family businesses, professional licenses, degrees and practices, trusts and partnerships. We counsel our clients to explore reasonable settlement options, but when settlement cannot be reached, we develop a creative and effective litigation and trial strategy to enhance our client’s ability to achieve favorable results. Settlement is of course preferred, but when a fair settlement cannot be reached – most lawyers hesitate to try matrimonial cases. We don’t, and have successfully tried numerous cases.
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New York courts have the power to determine custody of children and to award “access” or parenting time. Where and how and by whom will your child be raised? What will your role be in making decisions about your child’s future? These issues are decided “in the best interest of the child,” giving broad discretion to the Court, and, therefore, to parties seeking to settle these issues.
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The new Domestic Relations Law §236 (B) ( 5-a) provide drastic changes – that must be understood to achieve the best results. The prior law only provided guidelines and formulas for pre-divorce, or temporary maintenance awards. Now the law will apply the same 2 formulas to temporary maintenance and post-divorce maintenance awards.
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Prenuptial, Separation, & Postnuptial Agreements
Before or after the wedding, New York law allows a couple to enter into their own contract setting forth the financial terms of their marriage as they choose.
Parents with means often encourage their children to obtain a prenuptial agreement to protect future gifts from the family or interests in family businesses from being shared in the event of divorce.
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