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Why You Should Consider Postponing Your Divorce

Bergen County divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner at the NY & NJ law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. Mr. Goldhamer was selected by the prestigious Superlawyers.com as a “Super Lawyer” in 2014 for his work in matrimonial law and estate law. Mr. Goldhamer also keeps busy with teaching, lecturing, charity work and as a guest on various media outlets. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: The new Tax Law, Divorce & Business Valuations: There are reasons to delay a dissolution. Tax-driven divorce issues require caution. One is how private businesses should be valued. This has always been an important component of divorce settlements. But the new tax law increases the cash flow of certain pass-through entities — businesses where the taxes on the earnings are paid by the owner, not the company — in a way that may raise their value. With increased cash flow and reduced taxes, a business…
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Why Prenuptial Agreements Drafted Prior to 2019 Are in Jeopardy

New York & New Jersey divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a co-founding partner at the law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. When not practicing matrimonial and estate law in NY & NJ, Mr. Goldhamer packs a busy schedule with charitable efforts, lecturing, TV & radio appearances and more. Paul was named a “Super Lawyer” by Superlawyers.com in 2014. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: Prenuptial Agreements & the Tax Law Change: Prenuptial Agreements drafted prior to 2019 are in jeopardy. The deductibility of Spousal Support payments are in question. It is common in prenuptial documents for lawyers to insert language calculating alimony (or Spousal Support) and stating the alimony payments are deductible by the Payor. But the Tax Law has changed. Alimony or Spousal Support is no longer tax deductible after Dec. 31st, 2018. Lawyers cannot know whether these clauses will hold up in 2019 and beyond. On one hand, you have a written…
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Bergen County Heroes of the Month: CBHCare

The law office of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman is proud to support Community Heroes of the Month, Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. CBHCare’s mission is to provide behavioral health care to the Bergen community. This much needed community service treats individuals and families in the Bergen community for such issues as: Parent-child conflicts Substance abuse Interpersonal relationships Depression Anxiety and phobia Post-traumatic stress Marital conflict and divorce School phobias Attention-deficit disorders Unresolved grief Work-related conflict and stress Sexual trauma and dysfunction Eating disorders Sexual orientation issues Stress of single-parenting and step-parenting Childhood behavioral and interpersonal problems They are committed to accessible health care services that are delivered in a cost-effective manner, with respect and dignity regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, illness or age. Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., is the leader in behavioral health care services for New Jersey and Bergen County. They provide compassionate and professional services to nearly…
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Study Finds Traffic Death Increase Related to Ridesharing Services

Emerging research from Rice University and University of Chicago shows an increase in fatal car accidents after ridesharing companies Lyft and Uber began operations in cities. The research suggests that additional traffic wrought by ridesharing services is directly related to a 3.5% uptick in traffic deaths, which amounts to 987 fatalities each year. It is estimated that the costs associated with these deaths range up to $13.24 billion annually. Ridesharing services linked to higher traffic fatalities The study was a collaboration between Professor John M. Barrios of the University of Chicago with Hanyi Yi and Yael Hochberg of Rice University. The goal was to examine the impact that ridesharing has had on fatal motor vehicle crashes. Their findings were based on data from CrashStats and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) – both before and after Uber and Lyft launched in various metropolitan areas. The researchers…
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What Does Sole Legal Custody Mean for the Other Parent?

In decades past, sole legal custody of young children was routinely awarded to the mother under what was referred to as the tender years doctrine. Today, sole custody is rarely awarded. If you have a sole custody situation, it is important to understand what your rights and responsibilities are. If you are in the process of negotiating a parenting plan, it is imperative to understand these factors before having a judge approve it. The difference between legal and physical custody It is important to understand the difference between legal custody and physical custody, and the ways they can be combined in a parenting situation. Physical custody refers to where the child resides, while legal custody refers to decision-making authority. New York and New Jersey, like most other states, now strongly favor continued contact between each parent and his or her child. Depending on the geographical location and other factors related…
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New Jersey Divorce Rates Among Nation’s Lowest

Divorce is an unfortunate fact of 21st century American life. Over the past 60 years, divorce rates skyrocketed in the United States, and research indicates that nearly 50 percent of all marriages today end in permanent separation or divorce. A recent report compiled by 24/7 Wall St shows that some states are better than others when it comes to long-lasting marriages. According to census data from 2017, New Jersey has one of the country’s lowest divorce rates, as does Hawaii, Illinois and New York. States with lowest rate of divorce Divorce rates in the U.S. reached an all-time high in 1979, and according to The National Center for Family & Marriage Research, levels have slowly begun to decline. Experts attribute this wane to the fact that people are waiting longer to tie the knot, and many have college educations and stable jobs before being wed. Statistics suggest that finances play…
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Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. Announces Investigation of India Globalization Capital, INC. (NYSE AMERICAN: IGC)

NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2018 — Kantrowitz Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., a firm with a nationwide consumer fraud and securities fraud class action practice, has been following the events concerning India Globalization Capital, Inc. (“IGC” or the “Company”) for a number of months and is now actively investigating potential securities fraud claims on behalf of shareholders of IGC resulting from allegations that IGC and/or its executives issued materially misleading business information to the investing public.  The NYSE American LLC has announced on October 30, 2018 that “the staff of NYSE Regulation has determined to commence proceedings to delist the common stock of India Globalization Capital, Inc. — ticker symbol IGC —from the Exchange. Trading in the Company’s common stock on the NYSE American will be suspended immediately.” If you purchased India Globalization securities and would like to discuss your legal rights and options, please contact GARY S. GRAIFMAN, ESQ. at Kantrowitz…
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Who Is Responsible If You Slip and Fall on Icy Steps or a Sidewalk Outside Your Apartment Building?

Winter is coming! In fact, in many places in New York and New Jersey, temperatures have already dropped into the low 30s or even colder. Ice and snow are sure to follow. The risk of slipping and falling in an accident rises exponentially in colder weather. Ice, snow, and sleet can create treacherous — even potentially deadly — conditions for pedestrians, as sidewalks and steps become difficult if not impossible to walk on. What if you rent? The sidewalks and parking lots outside your house or apartment building should be kept free of ice and snow, and so should the steps. It’s part of the duty of whomever is responsible for maintaining the building. But what if you slip and fall due to ice or snow on the sidewalks, walkways, or steps? Who is responsible? Responsibility for Maintaining Building Safely There are some general principles in liability and responsibility in…
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Thank You & It’s Not Too Late to Donate to Bike MS NYC!

New Jersey & New York divorce attorney Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a proud co-founder of the law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, established in 1975. In addition to being a highly-respected practitioner of matrimonial law in NY & NJ, Mr. Goldhamer keeps busy with charity efforts, teaching, media appearances and more. In 2014, Paul received the prestigious honor of being named a “Super Lawyer” by Superlawyers.com. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: Dear Friends, Clients & Fellow Fighters of MS: A big thank you to all of you who helped me raise more than $20,000! I will be the 6th largest fundraiser in metropolitan NY, thanks to you! The rally was on Oct. 21st. (See pictures!). 3000 riders raised $1.8M. I truly appreciate your support. It is not too late: Your tax-deductible contribution will help create life-changing programs for people living with MS. To make a donation online, below: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/NYNBikeEvents?px=13657273&pg=personal&fr_id=29981 To send a donation,…
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Slip and Falls at School: Who Is Responsible?

For generations, schools were looked upon as safe spaces. In fact, schools operate under the aegis of in loco parentis, which means that schools are as responsible for the safety of children as parents are. Sadly, we all know that schools are less safe than they once seemed to be. Shootings, bullying, and more make headlines around the country and the world. Slip and Falls In and Around Schools Can Be Dangerous Slipping and falling accidents can make students unsafe as well. In fact, of the roughly 14 million children injured in accidents each year, approximately 25% happen in or around schools. About 20,000 children 14 years old or younger are taken to emergency rooms each year for traumatic brain injury (TBI) sustained on a playground, for example. Eighty percent of playground injuries are caused by falls, according to the National Safety Council. Children can slip and fall for a…
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