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Author Archives: Bridget Tartaglia

What to Know About Grandparent Visitation Rights in New York

In many cases, divorce affects more than the two spouses and their children. It can also have a significant impact on extended family members. In New York, grandparents may have a legal right to visitation in any of the following circumstances: One or both parents passed away The grandparent has had a substantial preexisting relationship… Read More »

Tips for Presenting Yourself Well in Divorce Court

Divorce can be a contentious process that, in some cases, brings out the worst in people. This is especially true in cases that end up going to trial. It’s understandable to be nervous when going through a divorce, and in some cases, it can be very hard to control your emotions. However, the way you… Read More »

What to Know About Financial Disclosures During a Divorce

During a divorce, each spouse must disclosure certain financial information to ensure each party has full knowledge of the other’s finances. Examples include bank statements, mortgage statements, tax returns, pay stubs and statements for brokerage and investment accounts. In addition, each party must provide a Statement of Net Worth which is a document, signed before… Read More »

How You Can Start Saving Money Again After a Divorce

Divorce can be just as challenging financially as it is emotionally. The costs to consider include legal bills and prices of additional residences. However, just because the divorce process is costly does not mean you won’t be able to recover. In fact, it is possible to begin saving immediately after a divorce and continue working… Read More »

How Can You Best Divide Stock Options During a Divorce?

A stock option is an asset that gives the owner the choice of whether he or she wishes to purchase a specified amount of discounted stock at a specific price point within a specific time period. A big question that often arises during divorce disputes is whether these stock options are marital or separate assets…. Read More »

Key Tips for Protecting Your Retirement Accounts During a Divorce

If you’ve working on a nest egg for your retirement for many years, there are steps you should take to help protect your assets if you get divorced. Any retirement assets could be subject to the property division process which is known as equitable distribution in New York. If you are the party who maintains… Read More »

Here are the Steps to Legally Change Your Name

There are many reasons why you might wish to change your name. Perhaps you recently got married and want to take on your partner’s surname (or hyphenate your surname). Maybe you got divorced and want to go back to previous surname. You might simply just not like your name and are ready for a change…. Read More »

Updating Your Insurance Policies After a Divorce

Many married couples have combined insurance policies. When you get divorced, you will need to update these policies or cancel them altogether and establish new policies of your own. The following is some quick information regarding how to review and update these policies to reflect that you are no longer married: Life insurance: If you… Read More »

What Does ‘Dissolution of Marriage’ Actually Mean?

As you go through the divorce process, you will likely hear the term “dissolution of marriage” used more than once. What exactly does this mean? In many cases, “dissolution of marriage” is just another way of saying divorce, referring to the process in which you and your spouse can permanently end your marriage. However, there… Read More »

What Information Must You Disclose in a Divorce?

Early on in your divorce, you will go through the process of “discovery,” in which you, your spouse and your attorneys gather as much information as you can. During this process, you will need to make some mandatory disclosures. This is information you are required to provide by law. Before mandatory disclosure rules existed, divorcing… Read More »