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Divorce Perspectives: A Proactive and Personalized Approach

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Divorce Perspectives: A Proactive and Personalized Approach

Divorce Perspectives: A Proactive and Personalized Approach By Joshua HechtIt’s a cliché, admittedly. But the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” rings particularly true when it comes to divorce. Even if an individual has the best of intentions, with emotions running high, one misstep, and what otherwise could have been a very simple matter, spirals out of control.

It is for this very reason that our firm views the initial consultation as an essential part of the process. We firmly believe that if we get to know our clients and what they hope to achieve, we can avoid many of the pitfalls that often hold parting spouses captive to litigation.

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Counsel Fee Awards: Courts’ Vigilance in Leveling the Playing Field

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Counsel Fee Awards: Courts’ Vigilance in Leveling the Playing Field

Counsel Fee Awards: Courts' Vigilance in Leveling the Playing Field By Joshua B. Hecht of Sunshine, Isaacson & Hecht, LLPDivorce has many costs, not the least of which are the counsel fees incurred by the parties, a cost which often weighs heavily on the litigant’s mind. As such, clients often ask whether their spouse could be directed to contribute to their legal fees or, conversely, if it’s the spouse with the greater financial resources, whether they can be directed to pay their spouses legal fees. The answer is not always so cut and dry.

In New York, there is a rebuttable presumption that the wealthier or more monied spouse should pay the less monied spouse’s legal counsel fees to level the playing field and ensure that both spouses are on equal footing in terms of representation. (more…)

Divorcing Parents of Special Needs Children – Part 1: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

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Divorcing Parents of Special Needs Children – Part 1: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Divorcing Parents of Special Needs Children - Part 1: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You by Joshua B. Hecht{4:15 minutes to read}

As divorce attorneys, sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know.

Our clients can sign the agreement, which has all of the traditional language. We may think we provided for each and every need of the child – their basic support, add-on activities, extra-curricular programs, perhaps a special school – but the question remains: What must we also consider when planning for a child with special needs? (more…)

The Grey Divorce Revolution? So Much For “‘Til Death Do Us Part”

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The Grey Divorce Revolution? So Much For “‘Til Death Do Us Part”

The Grey Divorce Revolution? So Much For "'Til Death Do Us Part" By Joshua B. Hecht{4:30 minutes to read}

The generation that transformed our social conscience and brought us the sexual revolution continues to rewrite the playbook when it comes to love, marriage and divorce in the golden years.

While divorce among older couples was almost unthinkable until fairly recently, baby boomers are increasingly divorcing in their golden years after decades-long marriages. It’s a paradigm shift from generations past. (more…)

Divorcing Parents of Special Needs Children – Part 2: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

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Divorcing Parents of Special Needs Children – Part 2: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Divorcing Parents of Special Needs Children By Joshua B. Hecht{5:01 minutes to read} In our first article we discussed: 1) what divorcing parents of a child with special needs should know about structuring a settlement agreement; 2) how a Supplemental Needs Trust needs to be addressed in the Agreement to ensure that the child with special needs maintains eligibility for government benefits; and 3) how child support needs to be earmarked, allocated and ordered into the Supplemental Needs Trust to ensure continued government benefits.

In Part 2, we examine the effects of decision making within the agreement, maximizing medical benefits and planning for the transition from school into adulthood. (more…)

If You Are Getting a Divorce, Change Your Will

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If You Are Getting a Divorce, Change Your Will

If You Are Getting a Divorce, Change Your Will By Joshua B. HechtWhen our firm handles a divorce, we reference the client’s Last Will and Testament in the Divorce Settlement Agreement.

During divorce, many people worry about how their property will be distributed between them and their spouse at the end of the divorce. However, few consider how their property will be distributed in the event of their death before the divorce is finalized. There are two questions that everyone going through a divorce should be considering, but rarely do:

  • “What happens if I die before my divorce is final?”
  • “How can I make sure that my share of the property goes to the people that I want it to go to, rather than my future ex-spouse?”

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Getting Divorced? Think Before You Tweet

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Getting Divorced? Think Before You Tweet

Getting Divorced? Think Before You Tweet by Joshua B. Hecht{2:45 minutes to read} If you’re going through a divorce, it’s probably best to start with the presumption that anything you tweet, post, upload, chat about, or otherwise place in the universe of social media can and will be used against you by your spouse and their attorneys. So tread cautiously and be mindful of this problem that comes with getting divorced in the twenty-first century.

Consider the following two scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: Harry husband, who happens to be going through a divorce, lavishes expensive gifts upon, Sally, his significant other. Sally takes to social media, tweeting just how generous Harry happens to be. Somehow, Harry’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Wendy, gets ahold of these tweets, and forwards them to her attorneys to be used as evidence in their hotly contested divorce proceeding. Wendy’s and her attorneys’ intent is to demonstrate how Harry wasted marital funds on someone other than her and their children.

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