Last month we wrote about five things to know before tying the knot – income; taxes; debts; support obligations; and future support obligations. There has been so much positive feedback from that article that I am adding five more things that everyone should know before making a serious commitment to another person: Education – What…

We often discuss issues that arise when there is marital discord. But what about the issues that should be considered before you get married? Marriage is a social and financial contract for which the law provides certain benefits and burdens. Before you make such a serious commitment to another person, you should (minimally) have the…

In this day and age of people marrying after they have established themselves financially, marrying and remarrying, and baby boomers becoming financial recipients of the greatest generation, it is not uncommon that a spouse owns property (i.e., house, condo, etc.) prior to the marriage, or inherits it prior to or during the marriage. At some…

When I tell people that I practice matrimonial law, they often think that the only thing I do is help people get divorced. While a large part of our practice does involve representing spouses in divorce proceedings, our practice also encompasses helping married clients who want to stay that way. Sometimes spouses have differences that…

I often hear commentators talk about high profile, big money cases as the “difficult” ones. For those that follow this series, you will notice that we often talk about debts. That is because debts are easy to accumulate, hard to get rid of, and no one wants them. The difficult cases aren’t the ones where…

Earlier this year, a New Jersey teenager (“Rachel”) made national headlines because she sued her parents, requesting that they pay for her private school, living expenses, and college tuition. Rachel claimed that her parents had kicked her out of the house, abandoning her, and refused to pay for any of her school costs. At the…

Tabak & Kiosse, LLP is pleased to announce that Leyla A. Kiosse, Esq., recently completed a specialized educational program in professional divorce analysis and is now a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA). What is a CDFA? A CDFA is a professional, either with legal or financial expertise that works with individuals to help them understand…

Recently, home equity loans and lines of credit have become the bane of my practice, mainly because of abuse by one spouse.  Now, I do not want my colleagues in banking and financial services who also write for this publication to show up at my door screaming that I am trying to drive business away…

Representing the Capital District Women’s Bar Association at the Albany County Bar Association annual dinner! A great time was had by all!      

Mediation. Many of you have heard of it. Some of you may have experienced it. In this article, I will discuss what mediation is, what it is not, and the positives and negatives of mediation in the context of a matrimonial or family law matter. What is mediation? Mediation is an alternative method to resolving…

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