Top NYC Matrimonial Lawyer Offers Five Predictions For Divorce In 2019

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Attorney Jacqueline Newman, a Manhattan based divorce lawyer and managing partner of an exclusive NYC law firm focused solely on divorce, considered an expert in matrimonial law offers five predictions for divorce in the new year.

Divorce Filings will Increase in January

With the new maintenance (spousal support laws) becoming effective in January, many people are scrambling to try to settle their cases before the end of 2018. However, for some people they are just so far apart on their settlement positions that many agreements will not be signed in time. 


Former Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin and Former New York AG Robert Abrams Head Stroock Internal Investigations Unit


Inevitably, that will result in some pretty angry spouses who will want to make good on their threats that they will litigate if the ink does not dry before the ball drops. This will result in many court filings in the month of January.

Divorce Cases will be More Difficult to Settle

Beyond clients just being angry about missing the deadline, the new tax laws will make cases more difficult to settle as the government has now become a third party sticking it's hand out for a piece of the marital pot. With less money to go around, it will make it more challenging to come to a resolution that both parties are equally unhappy with.

50/50 Custody Will Become More the Norm

This shift has been happening more and more over time and I think in 2019, it will continue to move in that direction. You can see an attitude change and the courts are beginning to start with the presumption that if both parents want equal time with the children, they should have it unless it can be shown that it is not in the child's best interest. That is different starting point from years ago when Mothers were presumed to be the main parent.


Op/Ed: Adding My Voice and Story to the Many Who Were Once Silenced by Violence


Spousal Support Awards will be Lower

While the tax laws have changed, the formula which is used to calculate spousal support has not changed (as of now). The formula was originally drafted with the idea that the support would be tax deductible to the payor and includable as income to the payee. 


John H. Tucker wins July Sidney Award for exposé of Rikers Rape Crisis Published in New York Magazine


However, now that these tax consequences will be no longer, I would think the Court would have to consider that change when using the current formula and ordering support awards (even if the same formula applies). This will most likely result in lower support awards all around.   

Mediation And Collaborative Law Will Become The More Favored Process Choices For Divorce:

As more and more people read about the nasty divorces on Page 6 and on the internet they are going to want to do everything they can to "not be one of those couples".  Meanwhile, mediation classes and collaborative law classes are being taught in law schools and the young divorce lawyers not entering the scene do not always see Mediation and Collaborative Divorce as "Alternative Dispute Resolution" techniques.  Instead, more and more people will learn how tough and expensive litigation is and that there are viable options out there that also result in them getting divorced, but yet maybe with a few less therapy bills.


Slenderman Tween Found Incompetent to Stand Trial; Legal Commentary By Whitey Bulger Defense Attorney Hank Brennan


About Jacqueline Newman

Jacqueline Newman (http://nycdivorcelawyer.com) is a New York City based divorce lawyer and experienced NY matrimonial law expert. As managing partner of a top tier 5th Avenue Manhattan law firm focused exclusively on divorce, her practice runs the gamut from prenups for high net worth people contemplating marriage to high conflict matrimonial litigation in dissolutions involving complex financial assets and difficult custody issues. She is the Author of "Soon-to-Be Ex: A Woman's Guide to Her Perfect Divorce and Relaunch" and "Soon-to-Be Ex for Men: Preserving Wealth, Fatherhood, and Sanity during Divorce."

Haute Tease

  • A Case of You Review – A Cute Romantic Comedy in a 4G Social Media World

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    “A Case of You,” from Lagniappe Films and I’m So Sorry Productions, is a modern twist on the New York urban romance myth where boy meets girl, they connect, romance blossoms and love is created.

     
  • Beltway Insider Special: Media Reaction To President Trump’s Successful Singapore Summit

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Attaining world peace, thwarting a global nuclear war or achieving peace in the Middle East, over the last three decades has become a priority for those in the Oval Office with great strides evaporating and dissolving without reason.

     
  • World News: Political Fratricidal Strife in Paris

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The duel announced between Cédric Villani and Benjamin Griveaux both candidates for mayor of Paris and from LREM poses a dilemma to President Macron. Unless the executive lets the two suitors intentionally tear apart.

     
  • Turkish Police Officer Murders Russian Ambassador

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A Turkish Police officer assassinated the Russian Ambassador to Turkey in front of a horrified crowd at a photo exhibition in Ankara, the Turkish capital, over the Russian’s hard-line uncompromising commitment to Syria’s Bashar al Assad.

     
  • Big Eyes Review – Delivers Wide Eyed Wonderment

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Big Eyes, from The Weinstein Company and Tim Burton Productions, brings to the screen the unusual and true story of the largest art fraud in American history as seen through the eyes of 1960's artist Margaret Keane.

     
  • Blue Man Group Review - Fresh, Fun, Loud and Messy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    I had seen the famed Blue Man Group Las Vegas show before albeit more than a decade ago. Even so, I recently proceeded to secure tickets to see what has since become a Vegas entertainment staple. I wondered how, or if, this show had evolved so it would seem fresh and new the second time around.

     
  • Griffin Debuts Eco-Friendly WoodTones Earbuds Made from Reclaimed Wood

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, launched WoodTones ear buds made with wood reclaimed from other manufacturing processes.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Bans Media; Russian Cyber Trail; Travel Ban; Rachel Dolezel

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Trump went on the offensive this week barring seven major media outlets from a White House press conference over the unsympathetic reporting and general reporting that didn't fit his belief of media responsibility.

     
  • Morrison Hotel Gallery Announces New Springsteen Exhibit: From Nebraska to Tom Joad: Visions of the Heartland

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Morrison Hotel Gallery is once more celebrating the music of Bruce Springsteen with an exhibition titled From Nebraska to Tom Joad: Visions of the Heartland, the show will feature the extraordinary photography of David Michael Kennedy and Pamela Springsteen.

     
  • The Artist, Hugo Win Big at 84th Academy Awards

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius’ silent film homage to early Hollywood, won big at Sunday’s 84th Academy Awards taking home three of the top six coveted statuettes.

     
  • LUXE Rodeo Introduces On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    LUXE Rodeo, the only luxury hotel directly on the most famous street in the world, recently introduced, to a select group of Los Angeles media, its new menu offerings from On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge.

     
  • Five Dead in Washington State Rampage; Third Mass Shooting This Week, Second in 24 Hours

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The last 24 hours have been particularly violent as two separate Mass shootings, in Hesston, Kansas and Belfair, Washington became the second and third of this bloody February leap year with a Kalamazoo, Michigan Uber driver being the first.

     
  • Oscar Night Shocker: Envelope Error Moonlight Wins Best Picture Stunning La La Land Filmmakers Already on Stage (Video)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The 89th Academy Awards will be remembered for many reasons none more so than the historic Best Picture gaff, the Academy's final award of the evening, that was incorrectly announced by presenters Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway.

     
  • Updated:William, Kate Welcome Baby Number Two, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana; Obama Congratulates Family, Queen, Nation

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed baby number two, a girl, into their growing family, on Saturday, May 2, following a week delay and short two hour labor.

     
  • Ready Player One Review – A High Tech, Action Adventure, Thrill Ride

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ready Player One, from Amblin Entertainment, presents a high tech, multi-dimensional, thrill ride as the new world order pits the independent gamers against the corporate developers in the ultimate quest to find three magical keys that unlock the future.