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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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“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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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 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 […]

How I Practice: An Interview with the New York State Bar Association

I am very honored to have had the opportunity to sit down with the New York State Bar Association and share how I practice law and organize my business. NYSBA has wonderful resources on their site, including the How I Practice section, which offers tips, tricks, and lessons to other attorneys. This interview can be […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On August 17, 2017
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Nesting: The Logistics of the “Family” Home

Nesting has become a popular concept for families of divorce lately, with articles in the New York Times and other well known publications. Nesting, if you are not familiar with the term, is when divorcing parents arrange for the children to remain in the family home while they each obtain a separate place to live. […]

Continuing Education for Mediation

Mediation is gaining in popularity, so much so that there are a proliferation of people advertising that they do mediation. Some of them are attorneys, some of them are not. Many of them have had absolutely no training in mediation, yet will sit down with a couple and “mediate.” New York has no licensure for […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On April 20, 2017
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Why having a pre-nuptial agreement discussion may result in a stronger marriage.

Most couples get together based on attraction, discuss one or two main expectations or goals, fall in love and decide to get married without considering a pre-nuptial agreement. They then focus on wedding plans, thinking that if they can negotiate a large event between two families and come out unscathed by the wedding date that […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On March 30, 2017
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What is an In Terrorem or “No Contest” Clause?

My late mother used to say no one owes you an inheritance, but what did she mean? Wouldn’t most people expect to inherit from their parent? The answer is that a will reflects the testator’s wishes, not their heirs’ expectations. Hence the In Terrorem or “No Contest” Clause. Most of the time, people want to […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On March 23, 2017
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