Category: Protecting

Many Times, clients will come to me and they will bring to me a common problem,

They will say that I owned my house before I was married. Do I have to share my house with my spouse in the event I get divorced?  What they are actually is, in a general sense, if I own property before I get married does my new spouse have any right to that property?

The answer is it depends a great deal upon the facts.

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What Do I Need to Know Before I Call a Divorce Lawyer?

The breakdown of a relationship is never easy. And with a marriage, you not only have all the emotional things to deal with, you have a lot of legal details to handle. And if there are children involved, it gets even more complicated.

In this episode of The LIPN Podcast, we spoke with Kristen Devaney, a family law attorney with Keith, Shapiro & Ford. We wanted to know more about how divorce is handled in New York, what is the process and the pitfalls, and what people needed to know before taking that first step.

To contact Kristen directly, call 516-222-0200 or visit the firm’s website at

For more information about how podcasts, and other forms of business storytelling, can help grow your business, call Merrill Loechner at Smith Douglass Associates at 203-628-2606 or visit

Order Of Protection

The firm conducted an Order of Protection hearing as well as a trial on the grounds for divorce, something that does not happen often since the passage of no-fault divorce several years ago.  After listening to the testimony of our client, the Court granted her request for a divorce based on cruel and inhuman treatment and issued her a two year stay away Order of Protection.

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