National Association of Divorce Professionals Conference 2019

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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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. […]

Therapy and Divorce

Sometimes clients need help resolving personal issues that are not within my expertise. They may need to be able to come to terms with the loss of their marriage and the part they played in it. They frequently have stress and even post traumatic stress disorder. Since I am not equipped to treat them, I […]

The One Session Mediation

Yes, you read that correctly. It can and has been done. I have successfully mediated a divorce which took only one session. The couple had no children, no real estate, and very few assets and debts. They both wanted to reach an agreement quickly and were willing to work together toward that goal. There was […]

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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New Tax Treatment of Maintenance and Implications for Divorcing Couples

There is a lot of buzz lately about possible changes to the tax treatment of Spousal Maintenance. The silver lining in the spousal maintenance cloud is that the payor can take the amount off their taxes as a deduction. The person who receives the maintenance has had to pay the taxes on it as income. […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On November 9, 2017
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What’s the Difference between You Guys and an Online Service?

Recently, we had a former divorce client call us with happy news! She is getting married! Both parties have children from their former relationships, professional practices and assets that they would like to go to their respective children when they pass away. Understandably, our former client was a bit concerned about what might happen should […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On October 19, 2017
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Exchanging a Statement of Net Worth in a Divorce

In the divorce process, whether mediated or litigated, one of the most important documents is the statement of net worth. It is a document that outlines the financial health of each party. There are several sections. One section outlines the family data and budget such as how many children are in the home, dates of birth […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On October 5, 2017
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