What is maintenance or spousal support?

The end of a marriage can suddenly remove financial support and a spouse’s ability to pay for needs and maintain their standard of living. New York courts may order their spouse to pay maintenance or temporary maintenance when their marriage is over or a divorce is...

How divorce affects business owners

The dissolution of a marriage can bring many challenges to all parties involved, but it is especially difficult for people who own their own business. New York is an equitable distribution state, which means all assets must be divided fairly. This means that a...

Here’s why divorce rates have fallen

You may have heard that divorce rates have fallen in recent years, and that is true. As divorce became easier in the 1970s, the rates soared. Over the next decade or two, things sort of stabilized. The rate stayed the same. In recent years, the rate has fallen again....

Who keeps your pet in a divorce?

You think of your pet as a member of the family. The court, however, does not. If you file for divorce, your pet is just another piece of property. This comes as a surprise to some owners, who would never put a pet in the same category as a car or a boat.That's how...

Don’t make these divorce mistakes

Divorce is new to you. When you were younger, you never thought you'd find yourself here, but it's clear to you that it is time to end the marriage.That doesn't mean you feel comfortable with the process. It's intimidating, and you are well aware that you could make...