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Should I Stay or Should I Go



December 16th, 2011

Countless divorce clients approach me with the same concern: If I move out of the house, will it be considered abandonment? The answer is no! “Abandonment” is one of the most misunderstood concepts in divorce lingo. In New York State, you must have a reason to get a divorce, called a “ground” for divorce. Abandonment is one of seven grounds on which you can commence a divorce action. In order to file for a divorce on the ground of Abandonment, you must show that your spouse abandoned you for a period of one year or more. Moving out of the marital residence after a divorce action is commenced is not considered abandonment. Even if you did abandon your spouse for a year, it merely provides your spouse with a reason to commence a divorce action. It does not in and of itself affect the outcome of the divorce action.

However, before you decide to move out there are other considerations you should discuss with your attorney.

Enhanced Earnings as a Marital Asset

Author: Amanda Kelly


April 7th, 2009

Did you know that your educational degree or professional license can be considered marital property within the meaning of the Domestic Relations Law of New York State?

It’s true, if acquired during your marriage and before the commencement of a divorce action or the execution of a separation agreement, your degree or license can be subject to equitable distribution. This simply means that your spouse may be entitled to share in part of the value that your license or degree represents, or in other words, the value of your enhanced earning capacity.

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