Author Archives: Jason A. Isaacson

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About Jason A. Isaacson

Jason A. Isaacson is a family & matrimonial attorney and partner at Sunshine, Isaacson & Hecht, LLP in New York.
EMAIL: jisaacson@sihllp.com
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PHONE: 516-352-2100

Top Divorce Questions: Who Pays The Legal Fees?
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Top Divorce Questions: Who Pays The Legal Fees? | Jason Isaacson

{2:40 minutes to read} Almost every new client that consults with our firm for a divorce proceeding asks one of two questions:

  1. Does my spouse have to pay for my lawyer? OR

  2. Do I have to pay for my spouse’s lawyer?

The answer comes as a surprise to most. The Domestic Relations Law has a rebuttable presumption that the “monied” spouse will pay the “non-monied” spouse's attorney's fees. The idea behind the law is to try and level the playing field when there is a big discrepancy between the incomes of the divorcing parties. After all, the law doesn't want the person with less money to be at a disadvantage.

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Counsel Fee Awards: Courts’ Vigilance in Leveling the Playing Field
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Counsel Fee Awards: Courts’ Vigilance in Leveling the Playing Field | Jason Isaacson

Divorce has many costs, not the least of which are the counsel fees incurred by the parties, a cost which often weighs heavily on the litigant’s mind. As such, clients often ask whether their spouse could be directed to contribute to their legal fees or, conversely, if it’s the spouse with the greater financial resources, whether they can be directed to pay their spouses legal fees. The answer is not always so cut and dry.

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Prenuptial Agreements Part 2: Bulletproofing Your Prenup – Avoid Common Pitfalls
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In my last article, I listed several reasons newlywed couples may enter into a prenuptial agreement. We ended that article asking, “So what should you do to “bulletproof” your prenup?” Some may find their betrothed may not view the idea of a prenuptial agreement in such a favorable light. So, for starters, when broaching the issue, remember that a little finesse goes a long way.

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Prenuptial Agreements Part 1: Benefits and Advantages
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No longer reserved for the rich, prenuptial agreements are becoming common place as long-standing taboos fall by the wayside. Increasingly, the happily engaged and newly wed understand the importance of having a road map should their marriage dissolve, based not necessarily on what the happy couple has at the time of the marriage, but what they may acquire during the marriage.

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Divorce Perspectives: A Proactive and Personalized Approach
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It’s a cliché, admittedly. But the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” rings particularly true when it comes to divorce. Even if an individual has the best of intentions, with emotions running high, one misstep, and what otherwise could have been a very simple matter, spirals out of control. It is for this very reason that our firm views the initial consultation as an essential part of the process.

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