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Considering Divorce? Strategic Planning may result in better outcomes

January 29, 2023

Whether you are thinking of litigation or mediation for your divorce, there are considerations that, in an ideal world, you would look at before deciding when and how to proceed. It’s important to review these considerations with an experienced attorney, a professional who can help … Read More »

That First Conversation with Your Spouse About Divorce

October 4, 2021

A decision to divorce, ideally, is mutual. But most often, initially, it is not.  Yet one spouse must be the one to initiate the discussion. If you’re that initiating spouse, then this is for you.  If you are not, this blog is also for you.  … Read More »

HAS COVID INCREASED THE DIVORCE RATE IN THE HUDSON VALLEY?

August 9, 2021

Many people have asked us whether there is an increase in divorce since the shutdown of 2020.  Although it is too early to really know, it seems to us that it may not be so, even though we have been very busy since July of … Read More »

Thinking of Splitting Up? Read This First

September 30, 2019

If you are considering separating from your spouse, you are probably having a million thoughts a minute.  It is a difficult choice, with lots of implications, so it makes sense to slow down and think clearly. Question One: Should I stay or should I go? … Read More »

Divorcing and Difficult Conversations – Where to Begin

September 28, 2019

DEALING PRODUCTIVELY WITH CHANGE TAKES COURAGE — BUT IT’S WORTH THE EFFORT Getting separated or divorced often requires having many difficult conversations.  Sometimes it is hard to know where to start.  If you are in the process of divorcing or are considering separation, read on. One … Read More »

Thinking About Divorce–What to Consider First

September 26, 2019

PERSONAL, FINANCIAL, AND LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS You’re thinking about divorce. It’s a complicated process, whether you look at it emotionally, financially or legally.  You are likely feeling all different emotions, sometimes minute to minute it changes – anger, confusion, fear, hurt, maybe nothing.   This is totally … Read More »

Collaborative Divorce–A Process Option Whose Time Has Come

September 24, 2019

WHY COUPLES CHOOSE COLLABORATIVE LAW OVER COURT Kim Ciesinski recently wrote an excellent article in the New York Law Journal explaining the advantages of collaborative law over litigation in divorce cases. She identifies upsides including  client-driven negotiation, privacy, emotional guidance and financial expertise. In addition, she characterizes … Read More »

Legal Consultations–Fee or Free?

September 22, 2019

WHY SOME LAWYERS CHARGE A CONSULTATION FEE AND SOME DON’T We are sometimes asked why we charge a consultation fee when some attorneys give free consults.  Our reasons are rooted in the quality of a potential client’s decision-making following the consultation. At Lazar & Schwartz … Read More »

Getting Divorced? Put YOUR Oxygen Mask On: five strategies for surviving a break up

September 20, 2019

One of the biggest challenges people experience when beginning the separation and divorce process is maintaining their sense of sanity.  Most people experience a wide range of emotions, and get caught up in the details of their own personal life.  For most adults, this interferes … Read More »

DIVORCE MEDIATION – can I have my own attorney?

September 18, 2019

The title of the children’s book It Takes a Village could apply just as easily to divorce. Psychologists, social workers and financial advisors all have perspectives that may be useful to divorcing spouses, and many practitioners in these disciplines have successful businesses as divorce coaches. However, one … Read More »

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