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What Can & Can’t Be In a Long Island Prenup?

What Can & Can’t Be In a Long Island Prenup?

Although getting married is an exciting and romantic time for a Long Island couple, there are a few things that need to be in order first — and we’re not talking about the wedding decorations. A prenuptial agreement is an important document that addresses the property rights and assets of each individual should they get a divorce at some point in the future. Some people say that true love doesn’t need a prenup, but nothing could be further from the truth. A prenuptial agreement is essential for all New York marriages. Before you draft your prenup, understand what can — and should — be included, and what you can’t list on this type of legal agreement. (more…)

Importance of Client Narrative for Your Long Island Divorce Attorney

Importance of Client Narrative for Your Long Island Divorce Attorney

Why the Client Narrative is So Important

One of the key pieces of information your Long Island divorce attorney will need to best represent you in your divorce is known as a “Client Narrative”. Your help in providing a descriptive story of your family will prove to be invaluable to your case. Your attorney’s ability to effectively represent you depends on the information available to him or her. Therefore, in order to successfully handle the many important issues surrounding your divorce, it’s critical that you provide your attorney with a detailed history of your marriage. In doing so, you should provide the following information: (more…)

What is a Statement of Net Worth in Long Island Divorce?

What is a Statement of Net Worth in Long Island Divorce?

One of the most important documents your divorce attorney will request from you and your spouse in the preparation of your Long Island divorce is known as a Statement of Net Worth (SNW). While this is a detailed document that can seem intimidating at first, it is critical for both your attorney and the court to have an accurate picture of your financial situation to effectively represent you and protect your interests in your divorce. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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…)