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News and Legal Developments



Major New Changes in New York Divorce Law Effective October 2015

Sweeping changes in the way temporary and long term spousal support is calculated and an end to a major advantage to non-working spouses are the key features of the new law, parts of which take effect for cases started in or after late October 2015, and other parts of which take effect in early 2016. […]


How to Keep Costs Down in Your Divorce Case

Lawyers in divorce cases work for an hourly rate, usually billed in tenths of an hour. That’s because most states do not allow any other form of compensation – contingent fees in divorce cases are usually prohibited by state law. Atop your lawyer’s fee will be fees charged by the Court – these vary by […]


What NOT to do During Your Divorce Case

If there’s one thing almost guaranteed to get you into trouble – one way or another – it’s blogging about your divorce case, or making posts in social media of any kind about your case. And that includes postings like those you might otherwise think routine. Simple posts about what you’re doing with your children […]


No Fault Divorce is Now the Law in New York

For cases filed after October 15, 2010 there’s a new section of the Domestic Relations Law that allows for no fault divorce. Domestic Relations Law Section 170 adds subsection 7: (7) The relationship between husband and wife has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months, provided that one party has so […]


An important trend in New York matrimonial law

Where previously the New York equitable distribution law divided the assets of a divorcing couple without regard to whose fault it was that a marriage was ending in divorce, New York County Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Silberman has come out with a series of rulings that appear to mark a trend towards severe financial punishment […]


Blogging Your Divorce…and any other case

The New York Times has an interesting story on a wrinkle in the blogging world: divorcing spouses who blog about their cases. This is something that we advise all clients to avoid, for two important reasons. First, any statement that you make about your case, whether it’s a divorce case or any other, can be […]


Sec. 170. Action for divorce

An action for divorce may be maintained by a husband or wife to procure a judgment divorcing the parties and dissolving the marriage on any of the following grounds: The cruel and inhuman treatment of the plaintiff by the defendant such that the conduct of the defendant so endangers the physical or mental well being […]


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