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Case study: Forensic accounting reveals hidden assets

In this case, the wife retained us to pursue a divorce from her husband, who owned a construction company. All the husband’s financial documents showed limited income and limited assets, yet the wife asserted that the husband earned much more than he claimed. Through the use of sophisticated forensic accounting, we prepared a detailed lifestyle analysis, and established that the family’s affluent standard of living belied the husband’s claimed income. As a result, the Court found that the husband had secreted assets, and further that the husband’s income was far in excess of that disclosed by his financial documents. The Court imputed income to the husband and granted the wife a far greater amount of support as well as a larger percentage of the marital assets than would have been awarded if the husband’s claims were accepted.

Case study: Equitable distribution of marital assets

In another case, despite the fact that the parties were above the age of sixty, their second marriage was of relatively short duration. The wife sought lifetime support as she had not worked since the marriage, had limited work skills and limited earning potential. We were able to prove to the Court that at her age, and with limited marketable skills, the wife should not be required to return to the work force. The Court awarded her lifetime support, a share of the marital assets, and a share of the husband’s appreciated pre-marital assets.

Child custody

Case study: Disputed custody of child with learning disabilities

In this post-divorce case, the father retained us to obtain custody of his five-year-old son. The parties had a written agreement reached years earlier in their divorce settlement granting physical custody of the child to the mother. The mother claimed that the child suffered from certain learning disabilities that she felt required his placement in special educational facilities, while the father felt that the child was fundamentally healthy and should not be stigmatized and limited by non-mainstream education. In the custody proceeding, we sought to establish that not only did a change of circumstances exist that would thereby allow the Court to review the issue of custody, but also that the child’s best interests would be served by a change of custody to the father, who would ensure that his son would be provided with greater social and educational opportunities. Notwithstanding the fact that the child had resided exclusively with the mother since birth, after a full hearing, which made use of extensive forensic psychological testimony, custody was changed to the father. Since the change of custody. the child has thrived in the father’s care.

Case study: Father seeks custody of his two girls

In another post-divorce case, the mother, a psychologist, had sole custody of the parties’ two young daughters. The father retained us to obtain a change of custody, despite the fact that the mother was available to the children while the father was a musician with an erratic work schedule. While a number of factors favored the mother’s continued custody, we successfully demonstrated to the Court that the father was more involved in the daily lives of his children and was the parent who prioritized their needs. The Court changed custody to the Father, and he successfully raised his two girls, one of whom became a matrimonial attorney herself! Interestingly, a number of years later after the mother had remarried and had children by her second marriage, she retained our firm (with the consent of her first husband) to represent her in her divorce and custody action against her second husband.


Case study: Father seeks to prevent custodial relocation

In this post-divorce case, the mother and father lived within ten miles of each other. The mother had custody, while the father enjoyed regular visitation with his daughter and was an active participant in his daughter’s educational and extra-curricular life. The mother remarried, and sought the right to relocate with the child to California due to an employment opportunity offered to her new spouse. Despite the economic benefits that would be provided to the daughter by the relocation, in representing the father we successfully demonstrated to the Court that the child’s best interests were better served not by monetary factors, but by her remaining in close proximity to her father, whose love, devotion and guidance were essential to her well being. The Court denied the mother’s request to relocate to California.

Case study: Aunt seeks custody of niece

A recent interesting case involved a mother who had moved to Seattle for five years, leaving her daughter, then seven years old, in the care of the daughter’s aunt in Queens. The mother returned to New York with the intention of bringing her daughter back to Seattle to live. The daughter, now twelve years of age, wanted to continue to live with the aunt in Queens. The aunt retained us to obtain custody of the child for her. Litigated in Family Court, we demonstrated that inasmuch as all the child’s friends lived in New York and her schooling had always been in New York, her interests were best served by her continuing to reside with the aunt, rather than relocating to Seattle. We obtained custody for the aunt, and the child was therefore able to continue living in New York.

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