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How to keep a high profile divorce private

When people get divorced, the last thing they want is to feel that their lives are an open book to the public. High profile professionals who wish to shield their family and personal issues from the public may be motivated to keep the divorce confidential. Many divorces in New York have public records, which means that others may be able to gain information that you likely do not want them to have.

Dealing with the division of a 401k

When significant assets must be dealt with in a divorce case, it is important for people in New York to ensure that every resource is thoroughly researched so that final ruling leaves neither side disadvantaged. One such resource is a 401k. Many go into divorce proceedings failing to realize that 401k contributions made during a marriage are considered to be marital property. Given the earning potential that funds in a retirement account have, the money to be divided from a 401k can ultimately be among quite high.

Does reporting abuse hurt custody chances?

If you and/or your children experience domestic violence in New York, the most advisable course of action is to protect yourself and them by leaving the home. During the child custody hearing that will likely follow your escape, you may think that if you report the abuse to the court, you will receive custody of your children over your former partner. Unfortunately, the opposite may be true. The Washington Post reports the results of a recent study at George Washington University that found that reporting abusive behavior by a past partner may actually hurt your chances of obtaining custody. 

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