Family Law

When you need an attorney to advise you in a matter of family law, contact Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.

What is Considered Marital Property in New York?

New York and New Jersey are equitable distribution states. This means part of final divorce proceedings will be a fair splitting of property. While married parties and their legal representatives will negotiate, the court may decide what is fair based on a series of criteria. Not surprisingly, these negotiations can be tense. Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman is in the business of keeping a cool head but diligently fighting for its clients. Our goal will be to negotiate a settlement that minimizes the court’s interaction, ensuring at the end of the day our clients have received the best deal possible. What counts as marital property in NY? Marital property is considered any property – personal or professional – acquired by either spouse during the union. The court helps establish a compromise between spouses when necessary. Marital property can include anything: art, a pet, vehicles, savings, retirement accounts and investments, stamp collections,…
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In Family Law, Winning Is Not Always Getting the Largest Amount of Money

Bergen County, New Jersey family law attorney Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. In addition to practicing matrimonial law, Mr. Goldhamer maintains a full schedule of radio and television appearances, teaching, and giving talks to professional organizations. He was a pioneer in providing no-cost public seminars on legal matters in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Goldhamer was chosen as a “Super Lawyer” by Superlawyers.com in 2014. by Paul Goldhamer, Esq. October 5, 2017: 43 years ago on this day, I was admitted and sworn in as an attorney & counselor at law in New York.  I suspect that I have supervised and handled more than 10,000 matters in my career. I have spent my entire career helping regular people solve often difficult and sometimes ordinary problems. My experience has been that most problems are caused by the intractability of individuals, usually driven by strong…
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How Can I Change Child Support?

When employment changes and other shifting circumstances affect a parent’s financial situation, it may be time to examine child support payments and increase or decrease them accordingly. Some of the most common reasons to change child support include: A substantial change in income, such as that brought about by job loss or a promotion Change in other support, like increased health care costs or a change in the amount of physical custody and related expenses born by one parent Passage of time Modifying child support can be a very fact-specific endeavor. An experienced child support lawyer can help a parent ensure all of the relevant factors are accounted for. Options for changing child support Child support can be changed by agreement between the parties or by asking the court to decide. In either case, the change needs to be formalized by the judge in a legally-enforceable order. The steps and…
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Are Prenuptial Agreements Unbreakable?

When crafted and executed correctly by an attorney, prenuptial agreements are almost always iron-clad, and used by thousands of couples who are planning their nuptials. A solid prenup is an invaluable tool for protecting pre-marital assets, including real estate holdings, private possessions acquired before the wedding and other holdings. For many couples, prenuptial agreements provide a platform for honest, open communication about not only assets, but outstanding debts and child support obligations – issues that can prove contentious if the marriage ends. In most situations, financial issues are the most antagonistic when a marriage begins to dissolve, which is why many couples prefer to have a contract in place so there is no quarreling about assets and property entitlement.  There are certain circumstances, however, when a prenup may not hold up in divorce court. Below are some factors that may void the validity of a prenuptial agreement. Factors that can…
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A Significant Custody Victory

Attorney Randy Perlmutter, of KGG, had a significant custody victory affirmed by the Appellate Division, 2d Department on November 18, 2015. Representing a father diligently & tenaciously for a period of 9 years, he had the original custody determination concerning 2 young children overturned, due to a change in circumstances. The trial court awarded principal residential custody to the father. In this case, 7 years ago, the Father & Mother signed a contract to give custody to the mother, subject to Father’s visitation. Mother continually interfered with Father’s visitation & relentlessly tried to damage the father’s relationship with the children. She too, filed numerous petitions alleging Domestic Violence (D.V.) & sexual misconduct. Randy had numerous D.V.s dismissed & successfully filed many visitation enforcement petitions. Through skillful cross examination over an 8 day trial, spanning 4 months, Randy unveiled the truth of this matter demonstrating to the judge that the Mother…
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Divorce

No matter the circumstances, divorce is a very difficult situation for anyone to go through. Setting the legal aspect aside, the emotional stress involved can take a toll on all parties involved. However, given the right legal representation, the situation doesn’t have to be quite so complicated. If you or someone you know needs a family law attorney, contact the law offices of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer and Graifman P.C. We have the professional knowledge and experience to give you the best possible legal representation. When a couple decides they want to file for divorce, the first step is obtaining legal representation. Having a consultation with a lawyer to get yourself thoroughly educated about all aspects of divorce, as well as ironing out all the specifics of your unique situation, will help to ensure that the legal proceedings go as smoothly and as quickly as possible. There are many factors within divorce…
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Prenuptial agreement cited in Kaley Cuoco divorce filing

A prenuptial agreement will determine how Kaley Cuoco and her husband end their marriage of 20 months, a court filing released Monday shows. Read more…

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What Life Events Can Contribute to a Divorce?

The reasons behind crumbling marriages and divorce may vary, but one thing is true—sometimes, specific life events can lead to conflicts in relationships. We bring this up because recently Health.com had an interesting story about which life events can lead to a divorce. The events that were mentioned mostly involved stressors, and the news source spoke to a counselor and psychologist about how these can negatively influence a relationship. Among the life events that can lead to divorce, according to Health.com: Illness: A study from Iowa State University found that divorce rates were 6 percent higher among relationships in which wives had an illness such as cancer, heart disease or lung disease. Job changes: An Ohio State University study found that men who are unemployed are more likely to leave their wives, and are more likely to be left by their wives. Childbirth: The Journal of Family Psychology found that…
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Viacom Settles NY Intern Lawsuit for $7.2 Million

Last fall, we discussed in our blog how there were a number of class action lawsuits making headlines over intern pay. Remember, legally, unpaid internships are a complex subject. If you are an intern, the company you are providing your services to is required to provide you with an enriching and educational experience that you can fall back on later in life. Unfortunately, in many of the cases that are making the news, this is allegedly not happening. Some companies are being accused of exploiting interns to save money and not hire additional employees. Unpaid interns are being asked to perform tasks that would normally be assigned to paid workers. Viacom Settles Intern Lawsuit for $7.2 Million We bring up this subject because recently there was a class action lawsuit settlement that may have ramifications nationally. According to the Los Angeles Times, media giant Viacom has agreed to settle a…
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Are There Positives For Children of Divorce?

A couple of weeks ago in our blog, we discussed tips for speaking to your children about a divorce. Remember, a divorce can be an emotional struggle for all of the parties involved—there is no sugarcoating this. However, this does not mean that the dissolution of your marriage cannot lead to better things. If you are in a marriage where infidelity, substance abuse, emotional abuse and/or domestic violence are prevalent, the outcome of a divorce may prove to be incredibly beneficial for your child. Additionally, if you are experiencing stressors that cannot be overcome in your marriage, including incompatibility, personality problems, communication breakdowns and/or financial fighting, seeking a divorce may prove to be a sensible decision. Remember, you have no legal obligation to stay in a toxic marriage even if you have children. Blogger Discusses the Benefits of Her Parents’ Divorce We bring this issue up because recently there was…
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