Shorten the Divorce Process by Waiver

On October 5, 2012, in Divorce, by Jason Mays, Esq.

Shorten the Divorce Process by Waiver

Shorten the Divorce Process by Waiver

In almost any court proceeding, defendants have 20 to 30 days to answer a complaint.  This is even true for uncontested divorces.  Even though both spouses may consent to the divorce, and even agree on terms, one spouse will have to initiate the divorce proceeding by filing a complaint with the court.  In an uncontested divorce, the defendant may not want to answer the complaint.  Since the parties have already agreed to the terms of the divorce, the defendant has no reason to challenge the divorce.  But since a defendant has 20-30 days to answer a complaint, there is an unnecessary delay in the process.  The defendant can eliminate this waiting period by waiver and allow the case to proceed more quickly.  This waiver can be made in the defendant’s affidavit, which is to be filed with the divorce.

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Divorce and Temporary Maintenance Awards

On May 3, 2012, in Divorce, Family Law, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Temporary Maintenance Awards During Divorce.

Divorce actions can take years to resolve. During the course of a long proceeding, a financially dependent spouse, suddenly cut off from the other spouse’s support, may have a hard time making ends meet, even though that spouse should (and will eventually) be awarded support payments from the wealthier spouse. New York law allows a remedy for such situations. Courts may order a wealthy spouse to make payments to a financially dependent spouse until the divorce action is resolved and more permanent payments are determined. Such a payment is called “temporary maintenance,” and is calculated according to a formula set out in New York’s Domestic Relations Law.

Generally, the formula is as follows: 20% of the dependent spouse’s yearly income is subtracted from 30% of the wealthier spouse’s yearly income (up to a statutorily determined cap of $500,000). Then, the dependent spouse’s yearly income is subtracted from 40% of both spouse’s combined yearly income (again, a $500,000 cap is applied to the wealthier spouse’s income). The temporary maintenance award will be the lower of these two numbers.

For example, assume that the wealthier spouse’s income is $100 per year, and the dependent spouse’s income is $50 per year. 20% of the less wealthy spouse’s income ($10) is subtracted from 30% of the wealthier spouse’s income ($30). The result is $20. Then, the less wealthy spouse’s income ($50) is subtracted from 40% of the spouses’ combined income. The spouses’ combined income is $150. 40% of $150 = $60. Subtracting $50 (the less wealthy spouse’s income) from $60 (40% of the spouses’ combined income) leaves $10. The temporary maintenance award will be the lower of these two numbers – $10. This amount is the temporary maintenance payment the wealthier spouse would be ordered to pay the dependent spouse in this situation, until the divorce action is resolved. The court may order different amounts in certain high income cases, or take into account other factors as is it sees fit.

If you are considering initiating a divorce action or are already involved in a divorce action, and would like to speak with an attorney, The Law Firm of Vaughn & Weber, PLLC is here to assist you.   Call (516) 858-2620 to speak with a Family Law Attorney today!

*Contributions to the research and preparation of this blog were made by Jason Mays, J.D. (awaiting admission in NYS).

Amidst all of the emotions that a divorce case brings to the forefront, there are certain details that need to be respected.  One of these details is often met with hesitation.  That would be compulsory financial disclosure required by New York Domestic Relations Law.  Clients seem to be very curious as to how far they can push this requirement without complying.  It need only be said that failure to comply with required financial disclosure can result in penalties under CPLR §3126.  Such penalties can result in having equitable distribution issues resolved in favor of the other party; the Court prohibiting you from being allowed to introduce certain relevant financial evidence necessary to support your case; or even dismissal.  Although it can be tedious to complete the disclosure paperwork, it is still better than losing your share of the marital assets for failing to comply.  If you have any questions regarding this matter or need assistance with a divorce in general, please call 516-858-2620 to speak to a Divorce Attorney today!


Is New York’s No-Fault Divorce Automatic?

On March 15, 2012, in Divorce, Family Law, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

New York’s No-Fault Divorce

Recently, we have received some questions regarding whether or not a Defendant can challenge a New York’s No-Fault Divorce.  Being that the statute is so new, there still remains some uncertainty and inconsistency throughout the trial courts.  The truth is that nobody really knows at this point.  The statute calls for an “irretrievable breakdown of the marital relationship in excess of 6 months.”  The language itself does give rise to certain questions such as how a Plaintiff can prove such a breakdown?; or how can a breakdown be irretrievable when at least the Defendant is willing to reconcile.  These are issues that will need to be worked out in the higher courts.  If you have questions regarding the new No-Fault Divorce statute in New York, call (516) 858-2620 to speak to a Matrimonial Attorney.

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