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Equitable Distribution is Not Equal Distribution in Long Island Divorce

Equitable Distribution is Not Equal Distribution in Long Island Divorce

For many clients getting a divorce on Long Island, one of the most important issues is the division of property. It’s important to recognize that in New York, property is divided equitably, not equally. Although the words sound similar, they can lead to incredibly different results in your Long Island Divorce. (more…)

4 Tips to Improve Communication to Save Time & Money in Your Long Island Divorce

4 Tips to Improve Communication to Save Time & Money in Your Long Island Divorce

Divorce often becomes overwhelming quickly. People going through a divorce on Long Island are dealing with financial, legal and personal decisions that seem to never end. Naturally, this is a very emotional time for everyone involved, which inevitably leads to difficulty seeing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that your divorce will not go on forever. The ultimate key to reducing the stress, length and expense of your divorce is communication. For many spouses, communication can either be the downfall or the saving grace of their divorce. Clear, open and honest communication can really save you time, money and aggravation. Below are four tips for improving communication during your Long Island Divorce.   (more…)

Alternative Dispute Resolution Can Save Time, Money & Stress in Long Island Divorce

Alternative Dispute Resolution Can Save Time, Money & Stress in Long Island Divorce

When most people on Long Island consider divorce, they often think of the worst case scenarios they’ve heard about:

  • A long, drawn out process that costs each side tens of thousands of dollars.
  • Fighting with their spouse throughout the divorce process.
  • Having a contentious relationship with their ex-spouse with little, if any, positive communication.
  • Having a difficult time attempting to find agreement to co-parent their children.

It doesn’t have to be this way. (more…)

Tips to Protect Your Credit During Divorce on Long Island

Tips to Protect Your Credit During Divorce on Long Island

Unfortunately for some, your Long Island Divorce can bring out the worst in your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Whether you begin your divorce amicable or contested, we always advise our clients to protect their credit before, during and after their divorce. We have been witness to many horror stories in which an upset spouse wracks up debt in the other spouse’s name. (more…)

Child Custody & Substance Abuse Issues on Long Island

Child Custody & Substance Abuse Issues on Long Island

When Long Island parents decide to end a relationship, regardless of whether that relationship is a marriage, custody of the child or children often becomes a major, and sometimes heated issue.  Child custody is often an emotional issue in the best of circumstances, but when drug or alcohol abuse by one parent is involved or suspected, it becomes all the more complex.

General Rules of Child Custody on Long Island

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Penalty for Violation of Automatic Orders on Long Island

Penalty for Violation of Automatic Orders on Long Island

In every divorce on Long Island, when the summons and complaint are served upon the defendant there are matrimonial Automatic Orders included. The basic premise behind these orders is to maintain the status quo during the pendency of a divorce. Both parties are bound by the Automatic Orders and must refrain from transferring or encumbering real and personal property and retirement funds, the accumulation of unreasonable debt, and changes in beneficiaries on existing health and life insurance policies. (more…)