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What can I do if I suspect my spouse is hiding assets during our divorce?

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How will moving in with my boyfriend or girlfriend affect my divorce ?

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Where do I start with revising or drafting new documents for my estate plans after a divorce?

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What are the advantages of using Collaborative Law to settle my partnership dispute?

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What can I do if my spouse doesn’t want to submit to a Collaborative Law proceeding?

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What happens to our business if neither me or my spouse want to continue running it after divorce?

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What should I expect when I meet with someone from the Miller Law Group?

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Will my former spouse be able to access my retirement savings after divorce?

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What happens to our joint will after a divorce?

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Are pets considered property in a New York divorce?

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How can I improve my New York child custody case?

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What does the process of mediating the valuation of a business look like?

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I’m worried about losing contact with my children after my divorce. Is there anything I can do to ensure a fair visitation schedule?

One of the most poignant concerns that divorcing parents have is about their future relationship with their children and also about their children's ability to survive the divorce intact. When this is a concern, it's really important to work with a child specialist who can help the parents develop a…
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What happens if my spouse and I choose to utilize Collaborative Law for our divorce, but we are unable to come to agreement about a specific issue like custody?

One of the concerns people often have in considering whether or not to use the collaborative process is what if they're unable to resolve the entire dispute in the collaborative process? Here's the thing. First of all, most cases result successfully and completely in the collaborative process. For the small…
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I am facing a dispute with my siblings over our parents’ estate. Can Collaborative Law help?

Even if you entirely trust your fiancé, and I certainly hope that you do, there may be some good reasons why you want to consider a prenuptial agreement. Think of it this way. Every divorce comes to an end whether it'd be by death or divorce. It makes sense to…
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What are some of the key differences between Collaborative Law and litigation?

Three key differences between the collaborative law process and the litigation process are one, in litigation, there's formal discovery. In collaborative law, we exchange that formal discovery for a transparent exchange of information. This is an agreement and a contract between all parties concerned that every piece of relevant financial…
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Will Collaborative Law or Mediation help lessen the cost of my divorce?

Sometimes people come into divorce really worried about how much the process itself is going to cost. Divorce is expensive. There's no getting around that. Oftentimes people look to alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation or collaborative law to try to reduce the cost of the divorce process itself…
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How is property divided in a New York divorce?

New York is what's called an equitable distribution state. That means that a court takes into account a number of different factors in order to try to make a good determination of what would be a proper distribution of the assets of the marriage. Some of those factors include the…
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What are the benefits of utilizing mediation to resolve a business dispute?

It's funny, but business disputes are often with people with whom you spend more time than with your own family. When relationships matter, it really makes sense to pay attention to how you're going to make the decisions, not just what the decisions are. If you hope to have a…
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What should I ask when I talk to a lawyer about divorce?

One should always ask a divorce attorney -- if that's who you are first talking to about a divorce -- the kinds of practice that they have and the kinds of results that they get for their clients. Now, I don’t mean you should go out and get the biggest…
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I’m really unhappy and thinking about divorce. What should I do?

If you're thinking that your marriage is coming to an end, you really need to do some research. It's probably a good idea to talk to a good therapist and it's probably a good idea to talk to not one but two or three divorce attorneys to see what your…
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The dangers of badmouthing your ex

How should you handle it if your ex badmouths you to the kids? I think the answer is take the high road every time. It can be really challenging when you go through a divorce not to say something bad about the kids, but if you hear from the kids…
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Divorce: Business deal or emotional break-up

If you're feeling really emotional about your divorce but your ex says it's just a business deal, in some ways, you're both right. Divorce is a very complicated untangling of a multitude of relationships. There's a financial relationship for sure. There's a legal relationship, there's a family relationship, a co-parenting…
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Kids & divorce

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Having a good divorce

Can two people ever really have a good divorce? That's an excellent question and I think something that many people in this age when so many people get divorced really aspire to, and it's really interesting. A few years ago, I had a case in which I represented the husband…
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What is the difference between Mediation and Collaborative Divorce and which one is right for me?

People often wonder what the difference is between mediation and collaborative divorce. The difference is that in mediation, although the parties usually have attorneys, those attorneys in a family mediation rarely come into the room. Instead, the parties discuss their situation with their attorneys outside the room and come in…
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What is Collaborative Divorce?

I'm often asked, "What is a collaborative divorce?" A collaborative divorce is a voluntary, out-of-court process in which the parties have the support of their own attorneys as well as the opportunity to work with mental health professionals and financial professionals so that we can address all the myriad of…
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How does the mediation process play out?

In mediation, people come to a series of facilitated meetings with the mediator and themselves and they identify the issues that need to be resolved. They gather the information that they need and create a shared understanding of their economic reality and then talk about what's important to them and…
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What is a “parenting plan?”

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My spouse and I are separating. What should we be thinking about?

The first thing that you should think about when you're thinking about divorce is the method by which you're going to make the decisions that need to be made in order to get from here to there, so you need to be thinking about what kind of process you want…
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What are some of the advantages of mediation as opposed to traditional divorce?

Mediation is a wonderful process for people who want to make their own decisions on their own based on the reference points that are important to them. In mediation, people work together with a neutral mediator who facilitates a conversation. Typically they do have attorneys, but those attorneys are not…
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Is it true that divorce proceedings become public record?

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What are some of the advantages to collaborative law versus traditional divorce?

In collaborative law, we focus on what's important to the people and their children in getting a divorce rather than on what the lawyers think is the likely outcome in court. That means we work with lawyers, we work with mental health professionals and financial professionals to really focus on…
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How expensive is divorce?

Divorce can be really expensive and it can be much more reasonable. It's really a matter of which process you choose, how well you manage the feelings that come up because everyone has bad feelings in divorce. No one goes down the aisle, says "I do", planning to get divorced.…
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Can mediation and collaboration lessen the negative impact of divorce on our kids?

When I was a litigating attorney, I realized that even with all parties wanting to keep the children out of it, there was no way. There was no way in the litigation process to not use the children to some extent in the negotiation between the parents. In mediation and…
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What is a premarital agreement and who should have one?

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What does the collaborative process look like practically?

In the collaborative process, we meet in a series of joint meetings. Those meetings include the participants, the parties, the lawyers, and also often include mental health professionals and financial professionals to help us focus on those additional parts of the divorce. So we meet in a series of joint…
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What is mediation in the context of family law?

In a mediated divorce, the parties meet with the mediator who doesn’t represent either person, but helps them identify, discuss, and ultimately resolve the issues that they face in order to get divorce. Typically in a divorce mediation, the parties have attorneys, but those attorneys don’t come into the mediation…
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What is collaborative law?

Collaborative law or collaborative divorce is a voluntary, out-of-court process where people make decisions about their children and their families and their finances based on what's important to them, not based on what's important to a stranger in a black robe. It's an integrative process and it's an interdisciplinary process.…
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How can I know if a lawyer is a good match for me?

When you make a decision to interview divorce lawyers, you should interview more than one. While you're sitting with that person, you should think to yourself, "Does this person understand me? Is this person going to take an approach that makes sense to me? Am I going to feel a…
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I completely trust my fiancé(e). Why would we need a prenuptial agreement?

Some of the most contentious cases I've ever been involved with involve estate litigation and estate disputes. Collaborative law really supports people to work on the relationship, not just the legal dispute, and to find a way through that strengthens and heals the relationship as well as solving the legal…
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How are experts in various fields utilized in Collaborative Law?

One of the advantages of the collaborative process is that we're able to work with various professionals in order to target the various elements of the divorce. One possibility is to work with a financial neutral. It's a financial neutral's job from a neutral stance to gather the information about…
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What are some of the key differences between Collaborative Law and Mediation?

Sometimes people wonder what some of the key differences are between collaborative law and mediation. I think it's best to answer this question in this way. How will you know whether or not the collaborative process is better for you or whether or not the mediation process is better for…
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What do New York courts consider when making a decision regarding child custody in a divorce?

New York courts consider the best interest of children when making a custody decision in a divorce. It's interesting because custody is the only forward-looking decision that a court is making. Everything else about the finances is backward-looking, but the custody decision, where will the children live, who will make…
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My spouse and I have accumulated significant wealth and assets. How will this affect our divorce?

One of the first things we need to do in any divorce is to develop a shared understanding of the couple's financial reality. It's really crucially important that both parties understand everything that the couple owns, what they owe, and the nature of each of those assets and liabilities. One…

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