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Is there an attorney on Long Island who will give me some advice as to protecting my assets for a possible future divorce? I will happily pay

1 Answers. Asked on Jun 16th, 2017 on Divorce - New York
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I am not ready to file for divorce and maybe never will. But I do want to know how to handle premarital assets.
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Answered on Jun 16th, 2017 at 7:50 PM

In New York, anything you acquire during a marriage is marital property (unless there is a pre-nuptial agreement that says otherwise) and in the event of a divorce gets split equally between both spouses. If you make mysterious withdrawals in an attempt to take more than your share, that is considered dissipation of marital assets, and if you divorce, your spouse will be entitled to compensation in some form or another.  There may be forensic accountings involved, which can get very expensive. So don't do something you might regret later. 

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Ending a marriage is more than just an emotional process--it's also a legal process. The court must approve your "dissolution of marriage" petition, and will also rule on issues related to the division of property, alimony (also known as spousal support or maintenance), child custody and child support. A divorce or family law attorney can help guide you through the divorce process, while also negotiating with your soon-to-be ex-spouse and his or her divorce lawyer. It's important to note that ethics laws prohibit the same law firm or attorney from representing both spouses in a divorce. Even if your divorce is an amicable one, it's critical to have your own legal representation to ensure that you're treated fairly at all stages of the divorce proceeding.
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