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…

In a divorce case, the marital home is often a significant asset, as well as a strongly emotional issue. In determining what to do with the marital home, there are three basic choices. It can be: sold; one party can purchase the other’s interest; or one party can have “exclusive use” for a period of…

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…

When I was young, I had a debate with my father about whether a person could be judged by who that person associated herself with.  My father said that to associate yourself with an unscrupulous person is to give people the impression that you too are unscrupulous.  Of course, I disagreed with him about this….

When I meet with a client for the first time, a primary concern of the client is how assets will be distributed in a divorce.  It is not uncommon for the client to come in with the assumption that all assets will be equally divided.  It is at this point that I have to inform…

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