Articles by Michael Liptrot

Consumer Alert: More couples get engaged on Valentine’s Day than almost any other holiday — so let’s talk about pre-nups

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – When couples get engaged, they don’t think about the fact that they’re entering into a contract. And either you can set the terms of that contract, or the…

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Grounds For Invalidating a Prenup In New York

Prenuptial agreements are legal contracts that outline the division of assets and responsibilities between spouses in the event of a divorce. While these agreements are generally…

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Mediation vs. Litigation: Choosing the Right Path For Your Divorce

Divorce is a life-altering event that creates a variety of challenges, not the least of which is deciding how to navigate the legal process. The emotional and financial stakes are…

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Common Prenup Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Prenuptial agreements, AKA “prenups,” are certainly not the most romantic considerations when planning to tie the knot, and people may feel uncomfortable discussing their…

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Can “Presumptive ADR” become the New Norm for New York Divorces?

In May 2019, upon recommendation by an Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”), Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks…

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What Happens To Maintenance & Child Support if my Ex Dies?

Divorce can be a complicated process with uncertain results, especially when it comes to the issues of spousal maintenance and child support. Many married couples structure their…

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Can a Divorced Spouse Collect Social Security from Their Former Spouse?

As you near retirement, you may realize that your ideal life does not include your current partner. This isn’t an uncommon thought, as reports by the U.S. Census Bureau…

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How Is Marital Property Determined In New York?

In New York, marital property is determined according to the rules of “equitable distribution,” which requires marital property to be divided along lines that are considered…

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Are New York Divorce Records Public?

New York has some of the most comprehensive privacy laws in the country, and divorce records are no exception. In some states, the general public can request copies of divorce…

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Traveling Abroad with Your Kids? If You Share Custody, Check These 3 Items Off Your To-Do List to Ensure Those Passports Get Stamped

With summer in full swing, COVID travel restrictions loosening, and the increasing strength of the US dollar, many parents might be planning a big international trip with their…

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