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NY Appellate Judge Suggests Divorce Clients Should Be Encouraged To Mediate

By Andrea Vacca

I was thrilled to read Hon. David B. Saxe’s recent article in the New York Law Journal entitled “Encourage Divorce Clients to Mediate.” Justice Saxe, who is an associate justice at the Appellate Division, First Department, focused on the fact that clients…

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8 Questions to Ask When Considering Divorce Mediation

By Andrea Vacca

Many couples contemplating divorce would like to try and reach an amicable agreement rather than engage in a nasty and protracted battle in a courtroom and they wonder if mediation might be a good choice for them. This blog has…

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How To Divorce Proof Your Business In The Event of Divorce

By Andrea Vacca

Jeffrey Landers has an informative blog post on Forbes.com about divorce-proofing your business in the event of divorce. Landers covers the basics of the importance of prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements and placing the business in a trust. And it smartly points out that…

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Court Finds No Defense to New York’s No-Fault Divorce Statute

By Andrea Vacca

A Husband’s claim that New York’s “no-fault” divorce statute violates his constitutional rights has been rejected in the March 28, 2011 decision of A.C. v. D.R. The statute, DRL §170(7), permits a party to obtain a divorce by swearing under oath…

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Why The Team Approach To A New York Collaborative Divorce Makes Sense

By Andrea Vacca

When collaborative divorce was first developed, it was a process that involved two attorneys and their clients. The attorneys not only counseled and advised their clients about the law, but also about the financial and child-related issues that needed to be resolved.…

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Will Mandatory Mediation Help Settle New York Divorce Cases?

By Andrea Vacca

A mandatory mediation program has been implemented in Supreme Court Nassau County for all couples who seek to have their divorces heard by a judge. How successful will this program be in helping couples settle their cases without additional court involvement? After…

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As The Divorce Rate Increases, Divorce Financial Professionals Are Available To Help Clients Make Decisions Based Upon Economic Realities

By Andrea Vacca

NPR reported this week that the divorce rate is on the rebound due to the fact that the economy is improving. Some of the reasons cited for this change are the fact that credit is getting somewhat easier to obtain, investment…

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Marriage and the Expectation of Online Privacy

By Andrea Vacca

A Michigan man, Leon Walker, was recently charged with invasion of privacy after reading his wife’s email on a computer they shared. He confirmed his suspicion that she was having an affair, but now he is facing the possibility of…

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New York Lawyers Can Expect An Increase in Cases Due to No Fault Divorce

By Andrea Vacca

New York’s new no fault divorce law – which allows a couple to divorce if one party claims there has been an irretrievable breakdown in the marriage – went into effect on October 12, 2010. Will this increase the number…

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Cohabitation Agreements Make Sense For New York Parents Who Choose Not To Marry

By Andrea Vacca

The New York Times recently reported that marriage rates are down in the U.S, and for the first time the number of young adults who have never married are exceeding the number who have. Instead of marrying, more and more…

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Acts of Courage on 9/11 and in Everyday Life

By Andrea Vacca

I’ve been thinking about the meaning of courage ever since Sunday, September 26th, when I ran in the Tunnel to Towers Run, which is a charity run in honor of FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller. On the morning of September 11, 2001,…

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Mediation or Collaborative Divorce – What is the right process for New Yorkers?

By Andrea Vacca

Most of the clients who come to my office to discuss their divorce know that they do not want to go to court. Not only is it expensive and time consuming, but they do not want a judge to make personal decisions…

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