Spousal Maintenance Part 4 – Calculations

New York State provides formulas and guidelines to help divorcing couples (and the associated courts) navigate whether spousal maintenance will be paid, and if so, how much. If either temporary or post-divorce spousal maintenance is to be paid, … [Read more...]

Spousal Maintenance Part 3 – Post-Divorce

Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is a court-ordered award to one former spouse from another. It begins after a divorce has been made final. Courts have discretion in deciding whether or not to make an award of spousal maintenance. It's … [Read more...]

Spousal Maintenance Part 2 – Temporary

While a couple is working through the divorce process, one spouse may still need money from the other. This money may be needed to pay bills and take care of his or her other needs until the financial details are worked out and the divorce … [Read more...]

Spousal Maintenance Part 1 – What Is It?

Financial security can be a scary and emotional conversation even in healthy marriages. When you and your spouse made money decisions during the good years of your relationship, each of you filtered those ideas and decisions through your “love" … [Read more...]

Relocation and Children in Divorce

Among all of the parenting issues in divorce, one that always emerges is the question of relocation. It’s hard enough living in two houses. The notion of living a significant distance from each other causes most parents worry and … [Read more...]

Is My Divorce Separation Agreement Enforceable?

In divorce mediation, the divorcing couple works with the mediator to create a document called a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU contains the agreements made by the couple regarding finances, child custody and care, spousal maintenance, … [Read more...]

The Most Important Document in Divorce

Divorcing couples must come to an agreement on how many things will be handled during and after the divorce. Those agreements must be written down for two reasons. The first is to ensure both parties understand exactly what they have agreed … [Read more...]

How to Help Kids Cope with a Parent’s New Romance

For many parents, divorcing and carrying out a formal parenting plan is the first time they may be spending significant time away from their children. It's heart-wrenching and takes time to adjust to. Add the complication that Mom or Dad has … [Read more...]

What Else Does Your Parenting Plan Need to Have?

One of the most important parts of a mediated agreement is the parenting plan. How will each parent stay connected and spend time with the children? In legal jargon, this is often referred to as physical custody. That label doesn't do … [Read more...]

BJ Mann Divorce Blog Index

This page organizes all of BJ's blog posts by divorce topic. It will be updated each time BJ publishes a new post. We hope it helps you find the information you are looking for. If not, please contact BJ, and she'll be glad to … [Read more...]