Posts Tagged ‘Debra L. Rubin Esq’

Keeping Your Kids out of Your Divorce

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Keeping Your Kids out of Your Divorce by Debra Rubin

While concerns regarding your children may be utmost on your mind, children suffer when they literally become the center of the divorce process.

Having divorced parents does not mean a child is not entitled to have a positive relationship with both of them. No matter how angry or bitter the parents may feel toward each other, expressing that anger to their children will hurt them, as well.

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How to Make Your Initial Divorce Consultation Easier

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

How to Make Your Initial Divorce Consultation Easier By Debra L. RubinConsulting with an attorney for the first time about your divorce can be a difficult and emotionally-draining experience. Here are some steps you can take to make the process easier:

Bring as much financial documentation as possible: The more information you can gather about your finances, the better. Some important details to consider are:

- How much income you and your spouse earn
- What retirement and non-retirement assets you possess
- Any real estate or automobiles you hold title to
- Any businesses or professional practices in which you or your spouse have an interest
- A list of all your current debts
- Evidence of any assets acquired prior to the marriage, by gift, or by inheritance  (more…)

How Enforceable Are Prenuptial Agreements in New York?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Recent court decisions in New York State have caused uncertainty as to whether disputed prenuptial agreements are likely to be upheld. These agreements, which are contracts signed by a couple before a marriage begins, have generally been given the same strong presumption of validity as other contracts. However, decisions in two recent cases seem to run counter to tradition.

In Cioffi-Petrakis v. Petrakis, a New York appellate court affirmed the decision of a Nassau County trial judge which invalidated a prenuptial agreement signed by both parties. The agreement in dispute was signed four days before the marriage. The wife testified that she signed the agreement only after the husband verbally promised to tear it up once the couple had children.  (The written agreement itself did not provide that it would no longer be valid once the parties had children.)  Despite the three children that followed, the husband insisted upon enforcing the terms of the prenuptial agreement when marital difficulties arose. (more…)