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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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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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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 […]

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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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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What is a QDRO?

A QDRO is a qualified domestic relations order. This is an order regarding retirement accounts. In a divorce, retirement accounts are frequently the subject of equitable distribution. Each party would be entitled to their marital share of the other’s retirement accounts. An evaluation is performed using what is known as the Majauskas formula. This formula […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On August 11, 2017
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