Hopefully, you will never have to navigate the family court system, but if you do, it is helpful if you can follow along with the discussions taking place. Legal terminology is often difficult for non-legal professionals to understand. When you are dealing with a formal legal matter in New York, not understanding the terms you hear or read could be detrimental to your case.
Property division is one of the most stressful elements of ending a marriage. We say this often in our blog and in our communications with New York residents because we want them to be as prepared as possible. Even divorces that begin amicably often devolve into chaos when it is time to split your assets.
When your spouse asks for a divorce, you instantly feel stressed. This isn't what you planned on for 2019. It's not what you thought you'd have to deal with, and it feels like a lot.
In our blog, we talk about the advantages of divorce mediation quite often. Our lawyers believe in mediation and have observed how it makes the process of ending a marriage easier in most cases. However, as we have said many times, mediation does not work for all White Plains couples.
Although the idea of equal rights for men and women still needs work, most New Yorkers would agree that in a divorce, equality is critical. Couples want fair outcomes in all matters during a divorce. As a result, we have seen many divorcing spouses -- both men and women -- refuse their right to seek spousal support.
Did you and your spouse have any arguments about money in the first year of your marriage? If you did, you should know that studies have found that these early financial disagreements often point to divorce later.