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DIVORCING? Get your Power of Attorney in Place at the Start

August 26, 2019

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU BECOME INCAPACITATED DURING YOUR DIVORCE? It is important at the outset of a divorce to sign (or change, if signed previously) a power of attorney and a health care proxy. A power of attorney is a legal document appointing another to … Read More »

Your child’s voice in divorce: children’s lawyers

August 24, 2019

THE ATTORNEY FOR THE CHILD MAKES THE CHILD’S WISHES KNOWN Children are  stakeholders in divorce as much as their parents. How are children’s wishes made known during a divorce or custody proceeding? In New York state, children in certain cases are entitled to their own … Read More »

CUSTODY: Trying to work out parenting plan works in your favor

August 23, 2019

CUSTODY ARRANGEMENTS:  BEING ACCOMMODATING WHEN CHOOSING YOUR PARENTING PLAN DOESN’T PREJUDICE YOUR RIGHTS IN LITIGATION A mediation colleague recently blogged about the advantages of  mediation over litigated divorce in working out the right parenting plan for your child or children. One advantage of mediation (which … Read More »

Free Seminar — Divorce 101 — Learn the Basics

July 3, 2018

What happens if I get divorced?  How does the divorce process work?  Will I have enough money to support myself and my children?  Will I get to be with my children?  How does custody and visitation work?  What will happen to my house if we get … Read More »

Getting married or remarried? Use Mediation to Work out a Prenuptial Agreement

June 6, 2018

Many people who are marrying for the first or second time want a prenuptial agreement to be sure they have a shared and clear financial plan with their new spouse.  Either or both may want to protect children from a prior relationship.  By working with … Read More »

How Much Does it Cost to Get Divorced using Mediation?

April 11, 2018

Many people ask us how much does it cost to get divorced?  How much does it cost to mediate your divorce agreement?  Whatever method you select to process your divorce, it is not an inexpensive proposition.  The more you know about your finances, the less … Read More »

Valuing a Business In Divorce: Using Mediation to Resolve Business Value Issues

April 5, 2018

 by Kathryn S. Lazar,  Attorney-Mediator CONTROLLING COST AND CONTENTION AROUND EXPERT APPRAISALS When your divorce involves a business owned by you or your spouse, or you and your spouse, the value of the business will most likely figure in the divorce resolution. If you and … Read More »

Is Your Marriage Over? What Happens Next?

March 12, 2018

Sometimes people come into my office and say “My husband (or my wife) will (or won’t) give me a divorce”, as if a divorce is an item that can simply change hands. Divorce is a process, often a long process, that has many stages. Each … Read More »

Spousal Support Now Based on a Formula

January 3, 2018

After years of argument and debate, the NY Legislature passed a new statute that went into effect in January of 2016.  This law has had a significant impact on spousal support, called maintenance in New York, degrees and licenses, and indirectly, on child support. Highlights: Degrees no … Read More »

Mediation Doesn’t Take Sides in Divorce Disputes

September 12, 2017

Many people choose to go to a lawyer to “handle” their divorce because they want to distance themselves from the unhappiness and bitterness they feel. Or because they are so angry that they don’t feel able to speak coherently to the other partner.  Both of … Read More »

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