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  • Is my divorce legal???

    Back in 2014 my husband and I were both living in NY and he filed for divorce... We tried counseling and decided to try it one more time... He called the lawyer and said to drop the divorce... During that time we RELOCATED to Massachuttes (2015) ...

    Douglas’s Answer

    Consult with an attorney regarding contesting jurisdiction.

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  • Is the divorce valid

    My wife left me and moved to her cou try and divorced us through a court in her country. I received the divorce papers but they're all in foreign language. Is the divorce valid here in New York, USA?

    Douglas’s Answer

    While the divorce itself may be valid - any property distribution granted therein should be contested based upon jurisdictional grounds.

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  • What do you think is going on since my attorney basically serves as messenger and what can I do legally to get rid of this c?

    NY divorce case filed by wife 5 years ago. 7 month marriage and no children Divorce granted 1 year later Wife filed for financial settlement, so case in Post judgment status after divorce granted Defendant filed all necessary financials etc- 2....

    Douglas’s Answer

    I was in a documentary film "Divorce Corp." - watch that you will feel relatively lucky this is all you are going through,

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  • What can I ask in a divorce interrogatory?

    Can I ask where she gets the money to pay her attorney`s retainer and fees?

    Douglas’s Answer

    I am writing in an effort to clarify my colleagues' answers above.
    Both Mr. Suda and Mr. Cohen are correct based on their respective Appellate Division locations.
    Discovery on marital fault and custody (in addition to finances) is available in the 3rd and 4th Appellate Divisions. However, discovery is limited to finances only in the 1st and 2nd Appellate Divisions. I hope this was helpful.

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  • Divorce

    divorce

    Douglas’s Answer

    I hereby nominate this is "Question of the Year"

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  • Help

    ex filing for a diaper i forgot to put on for two min at a drop off at age 3. can she get supervised visits for this? child was being potty trained at the time.

    Douglas’s Answer

    Without any additional information - supervised visitation would likely not be granted. However, stranger things have happened in the family court system. If there is a petition filed, please retain an attorney.

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  • Can a I respond to a Statement of Proposed Disposition for Divorce Trial in NY?

    I'm about to start, pro-se, trial in NY for a divorce. Opposing counsel submitted a Statement of Proposed Disposition, right before trial, that contains out and out lies and other innuendo putting me down. My spouse makes 600,000-700,000, lives ov...

    Douglas’s Answer

    Consult with and retain a matrimonial attorney posthaste. Not only must an Order to Show Cause to Stay all proceedings be filed, but for attorney fees in anticipation of trial as well. DO THIS NOW!!!

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  • DIVORCE

    I am married with two adult children. We do not own a property but have a joint bank account. Both my husband and I are miserable in our marriage after 20 years. I know he is seeing someone even though he denies it. I want a divorce and out of thi...

    Douglas’s Answer

    The phrase: "I know he wants me to do this" stands out to me.

    Is there a reason he wants you to file for the divorce rather than just filing himself?

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  • Divorce

    What are the steps in proceeding with this divorce situation what Court house i have to attend to process this procedure.

    Douglas’s Answer

    The answer must be tailored to your particular case - while generally, you would need to purchase an Index Number and file a Summons — there are many ways to commence a divorce (i.e. Summons with Notice; Summons with Verified Complaint; Summons with Notice accompanying an Order to Show Cause; Summons with Verified Complaint accompanying an Order to Show Cause). You should consult with an attorney to determine the best strategy for your goals.

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  • How can a non-moneyed spouse hire a divorce atty when the husband controls all the marital funds?

    I am the non-moneyed spouse and I stay at home to raise the children. I am completely dependent on my husband financially. My name is not on his bank accts or credit cards. My husband has served me with a divorce action and I need to hire an at...

    Douglas’s Answer

    If you are a stay-at-home mother raising children, and your husband is the sole provider, then, statutorily, there is a presumption that your husband will pay for your reasonable attorneys fees. However, this is not set in stone as this presumption is "rebuttable" - without knowing more of the facts herein, no attorney can guarantee you will be awarded attorney fees. Please consult an attorney - they can give you an evaluation of your case and the likelihood of receiving an award of attorney fees. Should that probability be high, an attorney might take the case and file an Order to Show Cause seeking fees for the retainer posthaste. Please consult a divorce attorney ASAP.

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