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Hidden assets can impact asset division in New York divorces

One of the most contentious issues in many divorces is how assets and debt acquired during the marriage are split between spouses. Unless there is a prenuptial agreement on record, you have two basic approaches to asset division. One involves a non-contested divorce, where you and your spouse agree to specific terms for asset division prior to filing with the courts. The other involves asking the courts to handle the asset division process for you.

When might a person need a prenuptial agreement?

Amidst the important decisions that New York couples must make when preparing to marry is the not-so-romantic choice of whether the partners should draft a prenuptial agreement. A prenuptial agreement, also called a prenup, is a contract that stipulates what property is under the separate ownership of the soon-to-be married partners, how their shared property should be divided if they divorce and other financial issues that could complicate their separation if their marriage does not last.

Residency requirements for a New York divorce

When a person in New York decides to initiate a lawsuit, it is important that they choose the proper jurisdiction in which to file their matter. For example, if the person is suing a company that they have contracted with, their agreement may dictate where any lawsuits must be filed. If a person has a dispute with their neighbor they will generally file their lawsuit in the community where the individuals live.

Television star arrested on domestic violence claims

As many married New Yorkers can attest, living with someone and sharing one's life with a partner can be both beautiful and challenging. While it is wonderful to have a committed relationship on which the partners may build trust and love, it can be difficult to adapt to the many changes one must accept in order to successfully live in a marriage. Not all marriages last, as readers of this family law blog may know, and an unfortunate number of couples experience extreme emotions that can sometimes turn into more serious actions.

Take steps to end the pattern of domestic violence in your life

It is a heartbreaking reality that many people in New York suffer in silence as the victims of domestic violence. It is not always possible to tell if a person is a domestic violence victim just by looking at them, as domestic violence is more than just physical violence. Domestic violence can involve emotional and psychological harm, physical and sexual abuse and other damaging means of inflicting misery on members of the aggressors' households.

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