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Dividing Assets in Long Island Divorce is Complex

Business Long Island DivorceAs a Long Island, NY divorce attorney, I see that many couples contemplating divorce in Nassau and Suffolk have many difficult issues that must be sorted out including, equitable distribution of property, assets and debts, child support, and alimony, spousal support or spousal maintenance.

Owning a Business Makes Long Island Divorce More Complicated

When the divorcing couple owns a business, this often becomes the most difficult and most controversial marital asset, causing additional valuation and distribution issues to consider.

What is ‘Double-Dipping’?

In divorce cases on Long Island, attorneys refer to situations where one spouse receives double payment for a single asset as “Double Dipping” or “Double Counting”. These terms are also applied to pension funds as well as business interests.

Nassau & Suffolk Exclude Pension & Alimony

Generally speaking, during a divorce proceeding, Nassau County and Suffolk County Courts do not allow a spouse to receive both an equitable distribution of pension assets and alimony based on that same pension income. However, this is less clear when it is applied to business interests.

Different States, Different Laws

Depending on the state in which the divorcing spouses live and are seeking their divorce, when the non-monied spouse receives alimony or maintenance, some or all of the company’s goodwill may be excluded from the marital estate when dividing the assets.

No Double-Dipping in Nassau County or Suffolk County Courts

In New York, this issue became explained when the Court of Appeals in Grunfeld v. Grunfeld (94 N.Y.2d 696 [2000]) recognized the inequity of double-counting income, at least when awarding spousal maintenance after the asset value of a license or degree has been divided. Therefore, in Nassau County and Suffolk County Courts, double dipping is not allowed.

Seek an Experienced Long Island Divorce Attorney

Dividing marital assets in a Long Island divorce can be very complex and requires an experienced divorce attorney familiar with the Nassau County and Suffolk County court system. The attorneys at Robert E. Hornberger, P.C., have received extensive training and have a great deal of experience in these areas and are ready to answer your questions. For a free private consultation about this or any other divorce matter, contact the experienced attorneys at Robert E. Hornberger, PC at 631-923-1910 or fill out the form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.

Questions About Contested Divorce on Long Island?

To learn more about what you need to know about Contested Divorce on Long Island and how to get help to protect yourself and your future to ensure you have the freedom and resources to live a full and happy post-divorce life, visit this page: Contested Divorce Attorney Protects Your Rights & Assets

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