Do Prenuptial Agreements Expire?

Do Prenuptial Agreements Expire?

With a prenuptial agreement negotiated and executed in New York, the answer to the question”Do Prenuptial Agreements Expire?” is rather complex. A prenuptial agreement is a contract and therefore the terms will vary. I’ll explain some of the more common scenarios: Silence regarding expiration Should the agreement be silent regarding an expiration date – there […]

National Association of Divorce Professionals Conference 2019

I just returned from three days at the National Association of Divorce Professionals (I am a divorce mediator member) conference in Fort Lauderdale. It is an organization which has the mission of making the divorce process better by solving all of the parties’ issues. The organization includes professionals in four areas, legal, mental health, financial […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On March 20, 2019
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Why You Should Consult with an Attorney Prior to Deciding to Divorce

Many potential clients come in for a consultation once they have been served with divorce papers or already moved out of their home. Often if not always, there are clear signs that a marriage is in trouble and that divorce may be imminent. As with most other aspects of your life, having information prior to […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On January 17, 2019
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“Game Over”

Hitting the news lately is the fact that there is a new growing cause of divorce, gaming addiction, at least in the UK. The video game Fortnite was listed in 200 divorces so far in 2018 as being partly to blame for the demise of the marriage. While we in New York have “irretrievable breakdown” […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On September 20, 2018
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What Are Advance Directives in New York?

Advance Directives are documents which let you make decisions on how you want your financial and medical affairs handled if you cannot handle them yourself. In New York, we have a health care proxy (which can include a HIPAA release), living will and power of attorney. They differ from a will in that they are […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On August 16, 2018
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Mediation of Estate Issues

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending a continuing education class on the use of mediation in Estate cases. Having been drafting estate plans for years and also being an experienced divorce mediator, I pondered whether mediation might be preferable to litigation in situations where a will contest is imminent. After attending the […]

The Role of the Review Attorney in Mediation

Mediation clients often ask: why do I need a review attorney? Mediation is becoming ever more popular as people realize the value of having help in making decisions about their split; however, they do not want to “lawyer up” and risk having an adversarial situation. The mediator does not represent either party and will be […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On April 26, 2018
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Who Gets the Frozen Embryos in a Divorce?

As if couples don’t have enough to think about when dividing assets and deciding on custody, the concept of making decisions about reproductive technology is becoming more common. Many people are waiting longer to get married and start families, and many people are beginning to take advantage of the newest reproductive technology available to them. […]

Do You Know the Story of Saint Valentine?

Valentine’s Day & Prenuptial Agreements? Back in the days of the Romans, a law was passed that the soldiers were not allowed to get married because it was believed that romance would take their minds off of the battle and they would not do well. A Catholic priest named Valentine married about 200 soldiers to their […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On February 12, 2018
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Update on Divorce and Tax Law

Now that the new tax law is official, this is what it means for divorcing couples: First of all, alimony or maintenance as we call it in New York, will not be deductible by the payor for any agreement executed after December 31, 2018. Note that the divorce judgment does not need to be signed—only […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On January 5, 2018
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