Category Archives: Property Division

Your Ex and Your Social Security Benefits

Your divorce may be long behind you but if your golden years are right in front of you, your ex may be looking for a piece of your Social Security retirement benefits. Even if you have since remarried, your former spouse may be entitled to benefits based on your work record. In order to qualify…
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Seven Ways a Spouse Can Conceal Assets in a New York Divorce

Sadly, divorce often involves lies and deception. Although the parties in a New York divorce action are obligated to make full and complete disclosures of their assets and liabilities, it is not uncommon for one spouse to attempt to hide marital property. By hiding assets, one of the parties may attempt to keep those assets…
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4 Ways to Hurt Your Divorce Case

There may be, as Paul Simon sang, 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are just as many ways to hurt your divorce case. Divorce is rarely easy. The last thing you want to do is make it more difficult. But all too often, individuals going through a divorce make choices or engage in…
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How are Retirement Benefits Divided in a New York Divorce?

You plan for your future and invest in your pension for your retirement. But, when your future no longer involves your spouse, what happens to those retirement benefits that were to be used for your mutual golden years? Quite simply, all retirement benefits earned during the marriage are divided pursuant to New York’s equitable distribution…
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Getting a New York Prenup Thrown Out Can Be a Tall Order

The richest man in the state of Illinois, billionaire hedge-fund manager Ken Griffin, recently settled his high-profile and highly contentious divorce case. The settlement with wife Anne Dias Griffin was announced the day after a trial was supposed to begin on the validity and enforceability of their prenuptial agreement. Anne was trying to avoid the…
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How Do You Distribute the Marital Home In A Divorce?

One of the biggest issues facing couples in New York engaged in a divorce is what to do with the marital home.     The difficulty is compounded when, as is most often is the case, the residence is encumbered by a mortgage. There are several possible outcomes with regard to distributing the marital home as part…
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