How to prepare for divorce: financial and custodial considerations before filing

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There are few things more terrifying than a divorce. Oftentimes couples agonize over the decision to end their marriage as the implications can follow them for the rest of their lives. Can I afford a divorce? Can I live on one income and support my children? How much time will I be sacrificing with my kids? How will they fair during this major life transition? What will this decision do to my retirement?

In this discussion, matrimonial and family law attorneys Kelly Frawley and Emily Pollock, will provide an overview of divorce, including:

  • What to understand about your finances before filing for divorce;

  • How the divorce may impact your retirement and future earnings;

  • How maintenance and child support are determined;

  • What to understand about how custody is determined and why the division of parenting responsibilities during the marriage may not dictate the division post-divorce;

  • How to think about a division of custody that will work best for your family;

  • How to select an attorney that will be a good fit for your case and which questions to ask during the initial meeting; and

  • Tips to ensure your divorce is as amicable and seamless as possible

About Kelly:

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For over a decade, Kelly’s practice has focused on matrimonial and family law, where she is known as a relentless advocate for her clients in all aspects of matrimonial and family law.  She handles complex financial and custodial matters, and is a trusted advisor to her clients in disputes involving divorce, equitable distribution, custody, child and spousal support, paternity, and other areas of matrimonial and family law before New York State trial courts.  She obtains beneficial settlements for her clients, and also prepares cases for hearings and trials, and conducts same as lead counsel.  She has conducted many depositions that have steered settlement discussions in her clients’ favor.  Clients also rely on Kelly in the drafting and negotiation of prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements.  Kelly has been recognized on Benchmark Litigation “40 and Under Hot List,” and in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in the area of Family Law.  She has been named to Lawline list of top women faculty of 2019 and a 2020 Woman Worth Watching by Diversity Journal. In its 2021 Best Law Firms list, U.S. News highlighted the work of Kasowitz Benson Torres’ Family Law practice in their metropolitan rankings. The annual list recognizes law firms that have demonstrated professional excellence and received impressive ratings from clients and peers. Kelly, along with her law partner Emily Pollock, is a regular contributor to Forbes and Thrive Global. Outside of her practice, she is an active volunteer with the New York Junior League.

About Emily:

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Emily S. Pollock has been practicing exclusively as a matrimonial and family law attorney for over a decade.  Emily’s practice focuses on disputes involving divorce, distribution of marital and separate property assets, custody, parenting time, child and spousal support, paternity and other areas of family and matrimonial practice, including requests for orders of protection, as well as negotiating and drafting prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements.  She manages all stages of divorce litigations for both financial and custodial issues, from commencement through trial, as well as successfully negotiating and facilitating settlements when possible and appropriate.  Emily has a varied practice representing income-earning and non-income-earning spouses, moms and dads, unmarried and married parents, with varied net worths, including ultra-high-net worth families, and clients benefit from that breadth of experience.  She has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by New York Metro Super Lawyers, selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law and has been named to Lawline list of top women faculty of 2019. In its 2021 Best Law Firms list, U.S. News highlighted the work of Kasowitz Benson Torres’ Family Law practice in their metropolitan rankings. The annual list recognizes law firms that have demonstrated professional excellence and received impressive ratings from clients and peers. Emily, along with her partner Kelly Frawley, is a regular contributor to Forbes and Thrive Global.

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