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May 2014 Archives

New York celebrity couple embroiled in complex divorce

The divorce and custody battle between entrepreneur and media personality Bethenny Frankel and businessman Jason Hoppy shows no sign of abating. The couple pulled the plug on their marriage in December 2013 after nearly three years that were documented by two reality shows about their burgeoning relationship, wedding and marriage.

Domestic Asset Protection Trust could bolster your prenup

There are few conversations that feel more awkward than discussing a prenup with your future spouse. These legal documents can prevent future heartache, but too few couples choose to protect their rights through the use of a prenuptial agreement. Even more disconcerting, though, is the fact that a prenup may not be entirely airtight -- even if the document is considered legitimate, you could spend thousands of dollars proving this fact. So, what should couples do to prevent their assets from being demolished in a divorce? Consider the Domestic Asset Protection Trust.

Sherri Shepherd's ex files for father's custody rights over son

It has not been a good spring for Sherri Shepherd. New York residents may have read about "The View" TV host's pending divorce from second husband Lamar Sally and the future custody battle over the couple's unborn child being carried by surrogate. Sally plans to exercise his father's custody rights by challenging the couple's prenuptial agreement giving Shepherd custody of their baby due to allegations of fraud.

Co-parenting tips for New York parents

Sometimes, after a divorce, parents are too angry initially to co-parent effectively. However, the child is the big winner when parents become able to put aside their differences and anger and join forces to make the best parenting decisions for their kids.

Make sure your child custody agreement is valid during travel

International travel for youngsters can seem like a positive choice for divorced parents; why not take advantage of an opportunity for your kids to become more worldly? Although traveling abroad with a New York ex-spouse may seem appealing for children, it is important to scrutinize international travel. If you had a difficult divorce with your ex -- and if that person has continued to violate child custody requirements -- he or she could have nefarious intentions.

Many people in New York and elsewhere oppose surrogacy

In the past, surrogacy is something that has been done without clear laws and regulations in place. Recently, legislation has been created to make sure that commercial surrogacy is governed by the rule of law. For some states, like New York, this could remove the illegality of surrogacy under which the state exists right now, making it an option for parents who are interested.

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